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At our soul and in our daily practice, we are a service company. Our vast suite of capabilities allows us to intersect with one another, involve experts at every level, include our clients’ visions and improve each project we touch.
A place is not merely a structure. It is a living, breathing element that resides in a larger environment, and must exist in a community and improve the experience of those who use it – as well as those who never will. Below is a brief description of our services.
The heart and soul of what we provide. Our comprehensive architectural services include conceptual and schematic design, design development and construction documentation, assisting with contractor bidding and/or negotiating and construction contract administration. Architecture embodies all we touch. And we are a combination of artists and tacticians, imagining, coordinating and creating some of the world’s most iconic places.
Planning & Development
We combine global reach with a tremendous local touch. Our commitment to our communities allows us to effectively navigate local regulatory approval processes from platting subdivisions to zoning and permitting. We also handle issues of site analysis, access, circulation, parking, urban design, local development guidelines and placemaking. It’s the entire picture. Always.
We begin each relationship using listening as our most powerful tool. Using your goals, objectives and space requirements, we develop innovative, imaginative, highly functional and operationally efficient solutions. Our ability to understand your unique needs and apply our expertise to enhance your vision is second to none.
We are taskmasters at every level. The fears of most clients stem from lack of transparency, slipping time frames and rising budgets. Our business-savvy project managers offer technical expertise that contributes to streamlined, on-time, within-budget projects. Our process includes design-quality management reviews and consultant coordination, budget management, monthly reporting, design scheduling and design-fee cash flow forecasting and trending. All results. No surprises.
We stretch the design boundaries daily, but always with a practical guide. Our highly experienced in-house team of structural engineers consistently communicates with the architectural team to ensure structural considerations are incorporated into designs from day one. This close cooperation translates into buildings that simply work.
Our award-winning interior design group, one of the largest in the nation, offers creative and intelligent responses to your goals and requirements. We know how to listen and infuse your organization’s personality into a space.
Whatever you imagine, we can create. Our in-house creative studio brings an entirely different dimension to HKS. We help you envision and we incorporate your brand, developing award-winning materials. We take the visual to a new level.
A space needs to do more than function. It should inspire and connect. We work with clients to understand their brand in order to create dynamic and meaningful environments that engage and energize. A brand isn’t just an identity. It is your culture, exemplified by your space.
We are big believers in collaboration. For our healthcare clients, we engage a group of full-time clinicians, who work closely with our design team and clients to optimize day-to-day hospital workflow, streamline staff operations and create an environment conducive to patient experience and satisfaction.
We believe in being well out front. Our research team conducts and disseminates evidence-informed and comparative research worldwide, allowing our teams to create operationally efficient and effective architecture. Our not-for-profit Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE) facilitates and supports our research efforts.
Sustainability is infused into all that we touch. We build energy simulation models early in our process to help inform decisions made in our design studios. Our approach is collaborative and integrated, focused on conserving resources, achieving energy independence, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and effectively improving your bottom line.