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27 October 2016

HOK Justice Experts to Present at AIA AAJ Conference in Honolulu

Miami-Dade-Courthouse HOK

Several leaders from HOK’s Justice group will share their expertise at the 2016 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference, Nov. 2-5 in Honolulu.

The annual fall conference will explore how current justice facilities are meeting the demands for change and how this will affect the next generation of justice architects. Visit the AIA AAJ website to learn more about the conference.

Here is a schedule of events for HOK’s participants:

Thursday, Nov. 3, 1:00 p.m.
Best Practices: Restorative Mental Health in Correctional Environments
HOK’s Mike Retford, Alan Bright and Michele Hutchinson, with Lieutenant Dave Titus.

This presentation will discuss high-quality correctional environments and how innovative design and programming can support mental health and well-being in justice, healthcare and mental health facilities. Also presented will be lessons learned in designing spaces for the mentally ill that can be transferred to other building types. Daylight, use of color, sustainable materials and indoor air quality are considerations that can be implemented to create healthier healing environments. Recent HOK projects that will be discussed include the San Mateo County Maple Street Correctional Center in Redwood City, California; the Oregon State Replacement Psychiatric Hospitals in Salem and Junction City, Oregon; and the DeWitt Nelson Correctional Annex in Stockton, California.

San Mateo County Exterior

Thursday, Nov. 3, 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Partnerships: Balancing Need, Efficiency and Services
HOK’s Linda Bernauer, Curt Parde, Tommy Sinclair and Bob Schwartz, with Belinda Powell

In 2015, the voters of Travis County (Austin) Texas decided that county officials should address the replacement of their aging Civil Courts Building in a different way. Travis County planners have been considering strategies for moving the project forward. The Travis County Judge has outlined this vision: “We want to shrink our footprint but we don’t want to shrink our presence.” County planners are working to define what this means architecturally while respecting the powerful nature of judicial independence. This workshop will explore the potential for co-location of municipal and civil courts while “shrinking” the footprint of both systems in the CBD and creating a 21st-century model of justice service delivery. The group will look at examples from jurisdictions in Florida, Michigan and Oregon, and seek participant involvement in offering new insights into courthouse planning that can spur innovation for creating a new 21st-century model.

Oregon State Hospital HOK

Thursday, Nov. 3, 3:15 p.m.
When Jails Are Not an Option
HOK’s Bob Schwartz with Mallory Cusenberry and Jay Farbstein

Through a series of case studies, this panel will discuss options that are available when a community reconsiders jail construction. This presentation will examine alternatives to incarceration, exploring the resulting social, community and facility implications.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 9:00 a.m.
Sustainable Justice Workshop: Judge Seymour Gelber and Judge William E. Gladstone Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse Sustainability Strategy
HOK’s Duncan Broyd and Bob Schwartz (co-chair), who is helping to lead the four-hour session.

HOK Conference Leadership Posts and Committees

  • Curt Parde is co-chair of the AAJ Fall Conference.
  • Bob Schwartz is co-chair of the AAJ Sustainable Justice Committee.
  • Linda Bernauer has served the last year of her five-year appointment to the AAJ Leadership Group. Gregory Cook will take her place in 2017.
  • Gregory Cook is a member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice National Leadership Group.
  • Tamara Clarke is AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference Track Chair, Corrections/Detention.
  • Tommy Sinclair is co-chair of the Emerging Professionals Sub-Committee, Communications Committee.