December 3, 2013

HKS Architects, Inc. is consolidating the firm’s two Miami-area offices. The move merges the office at 1221 Brickell Avenue and the Coral Gables office into one central location at 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 800, in Coral Gables, Fla. 

On December 13, the 35 professional staff members from both offices will move into the 201 Alhambra Circle office space located in historic Coral Gables, which is the mecca for Miami architectural firms. The 11,000-square-foot space has panoramic views spanning from Miami International Airport to downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. 

“The office consolidation will further expand our practice in South Florida,” said Ralph Hawkins, HKS president and CEO. “Our objectives will be to continue to strengthen relationships with our current clients and establish new client relationships. HKS will be focusing on providing local, full-service planning and design for healthcare, educational facilities, aviation, commercial, interiors, residential and mixed-use projects.” 

David M. Harper, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as managing director of the HKS Miami office. Harper, a principal and shareholder of the firm, will oversee staff, projects and operations in South Florida. He also serves as director of higher education for HKS nationally. Under Harper’s leadership, the office is poised to expand architectural services with a continued focus on higher education, healthcare, commercial and hospitality projects. 

“Our Miami and Coral Gables offices are consolidating into a space that will provide a creative environment for our growing presence in South Florida, and provide a central and convenient location to serve our clients in diversified markets,” said Harper. 

A nationally recognized thought leader in higher-education and student-life facilities, Harper has been the architect for local projects including the American Airlines World Gateway terminal, U.S. Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, the Biltmore Hotel expansion/renovation and projects for local schools, colleges and universities. Harper founded Harper & Buzinec locally in 1979, and the firm evolved to become HADP Architecture, which HKS acquired in October 2012. 

Ranked a top-10 architectural practice in Florida and a top-five architecture firm according to the South Florida Business Journal, HKS opened its Tampa office in 1982, the Orlando office in 1995 and the Miami Brickell office in 2007. Over the years, the firm has established a distinguished list of Florida clients including Citigroup, CNL, St. Joe, Walt Disney World, Hilton Hotels and Cleveland Clinic. 

Focusing on the healthcare, education, justice, aviation, interiors, commercial, hospitality, sports and entertainment markets, the HKS Florida practice has doubled in the last five years, and with the 2012 addition of HADP, now has a staff of more than 100 in the Sunshine State. HKS completes over $500 million in construction in Florida annually.

HKS Miami has completed major projects for prominent healthcare clients including Baptist Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital. Hospitality work includes completing renovations at the historic Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach; Fairmont Turnberry Isle Ocean Resort Hotel & Residences in Sunny Isle Beach; Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in Aventura; Spa Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas; and Albany Resort in New Providence Island, Bahamas. 

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $75 billion in more than 1,263 cities located in 80 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide.

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