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23 May 2013

DesignIntelligence Ranks HOK #1 Design Firm for Technology Expertise

For the second straight year, DesignIntelligence has ranked HOK as the #1 professional design practice admired for technology expertise. The ranking appeared in the magazine’s 2013 Technology Trends & Innovation Survey.

“HOK’s reputation in the technology and  innovation areas are near the top in the AEC Industry,” says James P. Cramer, chairman and CEO of the Greenway Group and publisher and founding editor of DesignIntelligence. “They have invested and adapted to a hyper-connected world faster than most architecture firms. On the horizon we see computers becoming even more human-literate and we see HOK preparing itself for higher levels of design excellence and productivity gains. The future of computing is happening today at HOK.”

HOK buildingSMART, our Virtual Design and Construction initiative, has been designed to bring greater value to our clients in the form of higher-performing buildings, better quality, a more integrated design-procurement-fabrication-construction process and data supplied to the owner that can be used for the life of the building,” says Carl Galioto, FAIA, management principal in HOK’s New York office and chair of the firm’s project delivery board.

Use of building information modeling (BIM) software, a key part of HOK’s buildingSMART approach, was a key area studied in the DesignIntelligence survey, which highlighted increased project coordination, communication, document quality, design efficiency, and design/performance optimization among the many client benefits that result from using BIM.

The survey also looked at areas including IT spending, social media, productivity-enhancing software and videoconferencing.

HOK currently is using its Advanced Collaboration Rooms to enable a virtual design process that is helping the project team achieve cost efficiencies and design a better School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for the University at Buffalo.

Source: “2013 Technology Trends & Innovation Survey,” DesignIntelligence, May/June 2013.