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By Dan Flower, Associate, HKS London
I’ve departed London for Uganda with our project partner, Engineers For Overseas Development’s Carmarthenshire group from Southwest Wales, to begin work on Citizen HKS’ first project – a new maternity ward in Kachumbala, Uganda. I’ll be with the EFOD team on site for two weeks where we’ll be presenting, tweaking and gaining approval for the maternity ward design from local leadership and the Bukeda District Council. Following a ground breaking ceremony and additional site set-up, we’re recruiting and training Kachumbala locals and, working together, we will dig the foundation, lay drainage and cast up to the slab.
Team HKS took home the People's Choice Award! THANK YOU to those that voted for HKS' Girl Scout Cookie Box Creation!! http://www.gsnetx.org/default.aspx?tabid=200
HKS was named the #1 Best Place to Work in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ). The company was recognized at an awards luncheon at the JW Marriott Los Angeles on August 16, 2012, where Associate Niel Prunier was present to accept the award for HKS.
HKS LINK magazine is a new quarterly publication focused on communicating our knowledge and expertise about the latest issues and trends that impact our clients. The name LINK was chosen because it conveys conversations and connections of all types – among and between clients, professional colleagues, industry experts, students – all seeking fresh and current information.
Hunter told the audience that the firm’s LA office has grown 50% in 18 months by doing diverse projects. Not all are large-scale, but developers are starting to scout for projects, and the market is coming around slowly. However, the financial condition of government clients is still a concern. Case in point, HKS was awarded a major renovation of the federal building in Westwood, only to have the GSA pull the plug.
Thought leaders from all over the world came together at KA Connect 2012 to share case studies, best practices and ideas about how they organize information and manage knowledge in their firms. Tom Harvey, FAIA, MPH, FACHA, LEED AP, principal with HKS, Inc. and president of the Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation (CADRE), presented “Launching into Research: HKS and CADRE.”
Healthcare facility designers continue to further develop the concept of a healing environment, which includes the use of natural light, views of nature, strategic use of color and the elimination of noise, according to the experts judging this year’s Modern Healthcare Design awards. However, they note new hospitals will have to go way beyond that to stand out.
Steve Valenta, project architect with HKS, Inc., was selected to speak at Autodesk University 2011 Conference and Exhibition to be held November 29 – December 1 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.