While talking with deans, faculty and facilities planners of fine and performing-arts programs over the years, I have been struck by their concern for the student experience. All express a personal commitment in their students’ education and development—but they also voice concern about financial challenges impacting campus arts facilities.
Peter Erni, LEED AP, is a Principal in HGA’s Los Angeles office, where he leads strategic growth of arts, cultural and community work for higher education, civic and arts clients. Here, he highlights how arts and community projects can have a positive impact on college campuses.
It won’t surprise you that 2017 was a record year for billion dollar disasters. From hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, to wild fires in California along with the impacts from tornadoes, hail and drought, these events added up to a whopping $306 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2017’s totals exceeded even 2005, the year Hurricane Katrina struck. While 2005 may have previously seemed like an outlier, an anomaly, it is now part of the clear upward trend in severe storm occurrences caused by a changing climate.
Across the country, our current healthy economy is creating opportunities for colleges and universities to take a new direction in developing student housing—turning to developers to finance, design and construct much-needed housing instead of financing it themselves. The reasons are numerous—from decreasing state financial support, to the lack of developable property on dense urban campuses, to limited in-house resources in market-driven development, to managing risk of future enrollment changes.
Libraries are often the heart of a community, offering vital resources through technology, information, and social gathering spaces. As libraries continue to grow in importance, more communities are expanding existing libraries or building new. Yet the planning process can be daunting, especially for those new to the brick-and-mortar building process.
Arts Principal Roxanne Nelson recently presented Resiliency Planning: Preparing to Preserve and Protect at the American Alliance of Museums 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo with HGA colleague Ariane Laxo, LEED AP ID+C. In the following, Nelson highlights three big takeaways from the conference.
See the evolution of the internationally renowned Walker Art Center’s campus—completed this summer—and the museum’s long-term partnership with HGA.
Through this video, we explore the evolution of the campus over the years – past to present – and the original insights of John Cook and Joan Soranno that have played a role in shaping this institution near and dear to HGA.
HGA is thrilled to be attending and presenting at the AAM 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in St. Louis – the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world. We have attended AAM for two decades, and look forward to connecting with museum leaders, curators, administrators, volunteers and supporters to discuss the vital impact and influence that museums have on our culture.
Ariane Laxo, CID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC is an interior designer and co-chair of HGA’s Sustainability Council. She leads the firm’s resilient design task force, an inter-disciplinary firm-wide group that conducts primary and secondary research in order to deepen the firm’s expertise in the field of resilient design. In this video, Ariane briefly describes the building industry definition of resiliency, upcoming conference presentations (described below), and takeaways for conference attendees.
We are pleased to have several HGA thought leaders on the road presenting at these national and regional conferences through the month of May 2017: