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November 4, 2015

By Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, Vice President/Director of Sustainability, HKS, Inc.

In October, I had the honor to present at the SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas, to talk about the role that public interest design projects play in transforming communities, as well as the design firms that do the work: what we gain, and how we learn and grow as a result.

August 26, 2015

By Bernita Beikmann, Principal/Director Lean Strategy, HKS, Inc.

Are you living your best, streamlined, Lean life? Do you want to spend more time with family members and friends or focus on your hobbies? Learn how using five Lean principles can help you do small things to improve the way you plan your time and manage everyday household tasks. These Lean concepts also apply in the office. Join me as I shares some tips, as well as video examples, of Lean practices being implemented by HKS employees around the world.

July 7, 2015

By Roy Gunsolus, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Director of Sustainable Healthcare, and Nancy Hulsey, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Materials Specialist, HKS, Inc.

Did you know that the average American spends 92 percent of his or her time indoors? The materials we build with can affect our well-being as much as the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. The chemical composition of most building products has been kept secret (often not even the manufacturer knows whether hazardous materials are present). Architects are in a unique position to influence manufacturers to eliminate toxic chemicals from the building products they provide and to educate owners to make informed decisions based on transparency and product declarations. When our buildings get healthier, so do we. Join us as we talk about what HKS is doing to impact the building products industry and educate our design staff.

December 10, 2014

By Elise LaPaglia, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Design Coordinator, HKS, Inc.

How much more does it cost to design sustainably? What is integrative design? What does it mean for a building to be net zero? What is an HPD? What is the purpose of an eco-charrette? Why does sustainability matter to me? Join me for this interactive session of sustainability myth busting.

November 20, 2014

By Roy Gunsolus, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Director of Sustainable Healthcare and Kim Shinn, P.E., Principal and Senior Sustainability Consultant, TLC Engineering for Architecture

LEED certification is often recognized as the gold standard for sustainability and energy efficiency. This case study looks at two recently-certified LEED hospitals in different climate zones to demonstrate the potential physical and planning modifications necessary, and the associated financial impacts if their original intent had been to achieve net zero/regenerative energy use. The first project is a 103-bed, LEED-Silver certified (2010) greenfield hospital in Flower Mound, Texas; the second is a 90-bed, LEED-Gold certified (2014) satellite hospital in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

November 6, 2014

By Tim Logan, Associate, HKS LINE (Laboratory for Intensive Exploration)

“I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But, I can’t accept not trying,” notes basketball great Michael Jordan. That’s the philosophy that drives HKS LINE to the forefront of architectural technology. I will discusses building energy monitoring from a pre- and a post-remodel stance, and what worked and what I learned from the experience. I also talk about a concept car I started building over a decade ago. What valuable lessons learned came from this experience? I am also creating a drone helicopter to be used in design. Like Bill Gates, I believe it is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Learn more about what I gained from my failures – the failures that propelled me to learn, grow and succeed.

July 10, 2014

By Nancy Hulsey, Sustainable Materials Specialist, HKS, Inc.

HKS has been a leader in promoting transparency among building product manufacturers. So, let's talk about how transparency truly improves building products. We share real-world examples of manufacturers listening to the design industry and developing healthier products. We also reveal tools that can inform our healthy design selections. As we learn about the chemical content of building products, we can use that information to inform our design decisions and our specifications. JOIN US for a candid conversation about building product transparency.

May 27, 2014

By Roy Gunsolus, Principal/Director of Sustainable Healthcare, HKS, Inc.

HKS Green Week day two featured five more unique Pecha Kucha sessions including Paul Ferrer (Dallas) -- "Genomic Façade Design," Elise LaPaglia (Dallas) -- "50 U.N. Plaza: Thinking Outside the [Historic Preservation] Box," Jason Maloney (Richmond) -- "VMI's Corps Physical Training Facility: Contemplating a Natural Downdraft Mechanical System," Branden Clements (Detroit) -- "Net Zero Energy Buildings" and Anne Carr (Orlando) -- "Interior Materials and Health".

May 19, 2014

By Roy Gunsolus, Principal/Director of Sustainable Healthcare, HKS, Inc.

HKS Green Week kicked off on day one featuring five unique Pecha Kucha sessions including Paul Ferrer (Dallas) – “Genomic Façade Design,” Sheba Ross (Atlanta) – “Blueprints for Green Cities,” Ellen Mitchell (Dallas) – “Citizen HKS,” Ben Compton (Chicago) – “A Sense of Place” and Joe Don Holley (Dallas) – “Seton’s New Teaching Hospital: Implementing Sustainable Strategies.”

March 25, 2014

By Chris Mundell, Sustainable Design Leader, HKS, Inc.

Imagine a building that surpasses the typical concept of sustainable design. It is constructed of green materials chosen because of their full environmental impact. It enhances the human experience by providing a healthy indoor environment for occupants. And, it can share energy and water performance data at a moment’s notice. The new LEED v4 addresses all these key building issues.