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A traditional approach to describing a person might use a biographical style as in the previous posts, but can words capture everything about us that makes us who we are? Can we explore other less traditional ways to paint a description? With this in mind, for the past year and a half I’ve tried mapping my exact geographical position, using GPS coordinates, every ten seconds, when I’m out and about and travelling around my city. Can this start to explain “who I am” by describing where I’ve been? Do I learn anything from looking at the results?!
So how is HKS doing its part towards the 2030 Challenge? The first step is offsetting its own energy use by the use of 100% renewable energy certificates. This money goes to the development of renewable energy sources, thereby reducing the demand on fossil fuels which produce the harmful gases. Second, HKS is committing to energy efficient design. Energy use can be reduced by understanding how design decisions correlate to a building’s energy demand. We’re also tracking our projects. By tracking it is possible to easily see were HKS stands in our efforts towards energy reduction.
Meet Mindy Goodroe, AIA, LEED APMedical Planner/Project Architect
Left, Hunter with his brother on the Atchafalaya River BridgeRight, Hunter’s favorite HKS project, Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville
Left, Chris’ favorite HKS project, a concept for Crowne Plaza in Zhangjiang, ChinaRight, Chris with his wife, Peyton, on vacation
Left, Sharisse on vacation with husband, GarrettRight, Sharisse’s favorite HKS project, Lynchburg General Hospital
Left, Rupert with his sonRight, Rupert’s favorite HKS project, Al Qudra Health Care Campus
The Revit Design Committee has developed a guidebook for designers to work with during the earliest stages of a project and to promote interoperability. The book will serve as a process companion for Revit users, and will highlight the ideal process steps of early concept and schematic design product using Revit at HKS. While the effort is coming to a close for the first edition we would like to get more ideas for the name and cover of the book. This provides us with a unique opportunity to offer up to the greater creative community here at HKS.
We have recently annouced that we are offsetting 100 percent of the annual electricity consumed at our 110,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, with the purchase of 4,300,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by wind farms across America through the Boulder, Colo.-based provider Renewable Choice Energy.