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HOK Plans Move to New Downtown St. Louis Location
HOK plans to move its St. Louis office to a new corporate address at 10 South Broadway, known as The Equitable Building, which the architect firm designed in 1971.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 14, 2014 - HOK has announced it will move to a new corporate address at 10 South Broadway and add to the energy of a revitalized Downtown St. Louis.
HOK's renewed commitment to the city's center will transform and enliven the plaza at Market and Fourth streets as it re-interprets one of its earlier office building designs to create an activated, contemporary indoor and outdoor presence in downtown St. Louis.
In a release, Rebecca Nolan, IIDA, LEED AP management principal of HOK's St. Louis office, said "We are excited to be repurposing the long-dormant plaza at 10 South Broadway across from the historic Old Courthouse. We are planning dynamic office space where the energy of Ballpark Village and the newly remodeled Gateway Arch grounds will be at our doorstep. Our design team has a tremendous opportunity to create community and collaborative space that will showcase the workplace of the future."
HOK originally designed 10 South Broadway as The Equitable Building, which opened in 1971. The firm has shaped much of the downtown core. Just two blocks west of 10 South Broadway, HOK is renovating Phillip Johnson's landmark 700 Market Street building, revitalizing its presence downtown. 700 Market is being redeveloped by The Koman Group, LLC as the new headquarters for The Laclede Group. HOK was the architect of record for Busch Stadium III (designed by Populous) and created the master plan for Ballpark Village. It designed its existing office location, Metropolitan Square, which opened in 1988. The firm's lighting designers have illuminated many downtown landmarks including the Old Courthouse.
"HOK has shaped a lot our community, especially downtown," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. "I'm happy that HOK is renewing its commitment to downtown and will continue contributing to its vitality in new ways."
The new office will feature a street-level patio to enliven the outdoor space at Market and Fourth streets. HOK will also create the St. Louis area's first LEED v4 Commercial Interiors (CI) space, the highest standard yet adopted by the U.S. Green Building Council since LEED was established in 1998. HOK designed the region's first LEED CI certified space for its current office in Metropolitan Square.
HOK is leasing two floors at 10 South Broadway and approximately 39,000 square feet of space with the goal of creating a highly efficient space that supports collaboration. "We envision it as place for community forums and design industry events that will contribute to the vibrancy of St. Louis," said Nolan. "The plaza will become an extension of a two-story gathering space in the office for firm-wide meetings and community events. It will feature a student center-type grand stairway that can serve as bleacher seating. On other occasions, this area will offer the quiet of living room and library space."
Nolan adds that the office space will feature "benching" to encourage greater collaboration and accommodate HOK's highly mobile workforce in a virtually paperless environment. It will also include design labs, a model shop, and space for state-of-the- art video conferencing and creative presentations.
"We are delighted to be bringing the creativity of HOK back to 10 South Broadway," said Zev Hertz, vice president, Hertz Group, Inc., the building owner. "HOK's plans for its office and the plaza will add great value to the building and will benefit its tenants and the community at large.'
Among the sustainable elements will be space for bicycle storage, a design that optimizes daylighting and exterior views for each staff member, use of local, recycled, renewable and low emitting materials, and highly efficient lighting systems.
As it prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2015, HOK will move into its headquarters by the end of the year, leaving Metropolitan Square where it has been headquartered since 1998. The firm employs more than 180 people locally.
In addition to the 700 Market Street building, current and recent projects for HOK's St. Louis office include the 16-block BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine Campus Renewal Project; design of a new Patient Care Center for the Colleges of Optometry and Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; design of @4240 in the Cortex Innovation Community (HOK also created the Cortex master plan and designed Cortex One); the Saint Louis Art Museum renovation and expansion; design of regional offices for Parsons Brinckerhoff in more than 25 U.S. cities; and the Byron G. Rogers Federal Office Building renovation and modernization in Denver.
According to the April 21, 2014 Engineering News-Record "Top 500 Design Firms," HOK is ranked as the largest U.S. architectural/engineering firm with 2013 revenues of $409 million.
MasterCard Partners with Women 2.0 to Increase Number of Female Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Technology
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 14, 2014 - As part of its ongoing efforts to evolve technology and bring strong talent to the financial and technology industries, MasterCard is partnering with Women 2.0 to host networking events in the U.S. and Europe, designed to inspire and connect innovators and future leaders in tech.
Women 2.0 is a connecting force between aspiring and current innovators in technology - bringing these talented people together across the U.S. and Europe to increase the number of female leaders and entrepreneurs in technology.
MasterCard's relationship with Women 2.0 will foster creative communities of innovative women in technology, supporting the company's larger initiative of cultivating future leaders of women technologists and supporting them throughout their careers.
"Studies show that gender diversity is important for all companies, increasing performance, productivity, and innovation," said Andrea Soto, vice president, MasterCard. "By aligning with Women 2.0, we can help bring together both women who are working in the technology field and those who aspire to careers in technology, and foster the support system and networks that will help position them for long-term success."
"We're in the heart of the technological revolution - nearly every single industry is being redefined, redesigned and reimagined. Finance and electronic payments are changing faster than ever, and we need diverse talent, experience and ideas to keep innovating. Women 2.0 is dedicated to inspiring, educating and connecting diverse people in tech. By partnering with MasterCard, we can bring even more people along for this amazing ride and help redefine technology," said Shaherose Charania, Women 2.0 Founder and CEO.
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