HOK 24 / SIXTY Report Details Community Service for Firm’s 60th Anniversary
To commemorate HOK’s 60th anniversary in 2015, the firm has completed a community service initiative in which 24 offices were challenged to donate at least 60 hours of design services.
Through partnerships with nonprofits and volunteer groups, HOK’s teams have improved youth, education, housing and community spaces all over the world. Its people have designed and helped renovate a new teen center for the Ferguson Youth Initiative, imagined a new sponge house in Ottawa at the request of a child with cerebral palsy, converted a historic steam mill outside of London into a youth center—and much more.
With some projects continuing into 2016, HOK’s people in 24 offices will have contributed over 5,700 hours—4,200 more than the initial goal.
“We are grateful to the wonderful HOK people, clients, partners, friends and sponsors who have made these projects possible,” said Bill Hellmuth, AIA, HOK’s president. “The passion and creativity shown by everyone involved has been inspiring. As is often the case in volunteer efforts, we are gaining much more from these experiences—personally and professionally—than we are giving. And we’re eager to find out what we can design and build together over the next 60 years.”