| Private company|
HOK GROUP, INC
| Architecture, Engineering, & Urban Planning|
Patrick MacLeamy (chairman)
William Hellmuth (president + CEO)
1955, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
HOK, formerly Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, is an American worldwide design, architecture, engineering and urban planning firm.
As of 2016, HOK is the largest U.S.-based architecture-engineering firm and the second-largest interior design firm. The firm maintains more than 1,800 professional staff across a global network of 23 offices and is active in all major architectural specialties. Its senior leaders are located in several different locations across the world.
HOK (firm) Wikipedia
HOK was established in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1955. The firm's name is derived from the surnames of its three founding partners: George Hellmuth, Gyo Obata and George Kassabaum, all graduates of the School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. The design firm started with 26 employees and its three founders.
The practice's first building designs were schools in St. Louis suburbs, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florissant was the first private/parochial school designed by the firm. Another prominent school they designed was the Saint Louis Priory School. By the mid-1960s, the firm was winning commissions across the United States and began to open additional offices, starting with San Francisco in 1966 for the design of a library at Stanford University and Dallas in 1968 for the master planning and design of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Also in 1968, HOK launched its interior design practice. HOK also expanded into Washington, DC, after winning the commission to design the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In 1973, HOK established a presence in New York by acquiring Kahn & Jacobs, designers of many New York City skyscrapers. By the 1970s, the firm was operating internationally and in 1975 the firm was named as architect of the $3.5 billion King Saud University in Riyadh, at the time the single largest building project in the world. In 1979, George Kassabaum was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.
In 1983, HOK formed HOK Sport Venue Event, which became a leader in designing sport stadiums, arenas and convention centers. In January 2009, the Board of HOK Group, Inc. and managers of HOK Sports Facilities, LLC transferred ownership of HOK Sport to leaders of that practice. The company became an independent firm, and rebranded itself as Populous.
HOK's first office outside the United States opened in Hong Kong in 1984. In 1987, the firm opened a London office and then, in 1995, expanded this London practice by merging with renowned UK architectural practice Cecil Denny Highton. In November 1994, HOK acquired CRSS Architects, Inc. based in Houston, Texas, adding offices in Houston and Atlanta. HOK established its first offices in Canada (Toronto and Ottawa) in 1997 with the acquisition of Urbana Architects.
In 2004, George Hellmuth's nephew, William Hellmuth, was named president of the firm.
By 2007, international work represented more than 40% of HOK's annual revenue.
In 2008, HOK opened an office in Mumbai, India. In 2010, it established an office in Seattle, Washington.
In 2012, HOK Chairman Bill Valentine retired after 50 years with the firm. HOK Chief Executive Officer Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, assumed the role of chairman.
In 2013, HOK acquired the New York and Shanghai offices of hospitality design firm BBG-BBGM, creating one of the largest interior design firms. BBG-BBGM's office in Washington, D.C. continues to operate as BBGM.
In 2014, ORO Editions published “HOK Tall Buildings,” a 300-page book exploring the design of the contemporary high-rise.
On January 13, 2015, HOK announced that it had completed its acquisition of 360 Architecture, a 200-person, Kansas City-based firm specializing in the design of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation and wellness centers, and mixed-use entertainment districts. The acquisition enabled HOK to launch a new global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment design practice and to open new offices in Kansas City and Columbus, Ohio. On May 15, 2015, the firm announced a multi-year partnership with the United Soccer League (USL) in the USA to lead a stadium development, design and standards initiative to help house all USL clubs in soccer-specific stadiums across North America by the end of the decade.
In January 2016, HOK announced that Bill Hellmuth, the firm's president, would succeed Patrick MacLeamy as CEO, effective April 19, 2016. MacLeamy continued to serve as chairman of HOK.
In 1983, HOK introduced HOK Draw, computer-aided drafting software products that specialized in conceptual architectural design. In the early 2000s, HOK began using Building Information Modeling (BIM) to streamline the design and construction process. In 2012, Building Design + Construction ranked HOK the No. 1 BIM Architecture Firm. In 2013, DesignIntelligence magazine, based in part on the firm's leadership in buildingSMART and BIM, ranked HOK the No. 1 Design Firm for Technology Expertise.
HOK is a leader in sustainable design. Professionals in the firm authored one of the industry's most respected resources on the topic, "The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design," originally published in 2000 by John Wiley & Sons. A second edition of the book was published in 2005. In September 2008, to better integrate nature's innovations into the design of buildings, communities and cities worldwide, HOK announced an alliance with the Biomimicry Group, co-founded by Janine Benyus. In 2010, HOK and energy and daylighting consultant The Weidt Group completed design of Net Zero Court, a 170,735-square-foot, market-rate, zero-emissions class A commercial office building in St. Louis.
In 2013, HOK and Biomimicry 3.8 released the Genius of Biome report, a textbook for how to apply biomimicry design principles.
In 2015, for the sixth consecutive year, the DesignIntelligence journal ranked HOK as a leader in sustainable and high-performance design". HOK currently has more than 725 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credentialed professionals and 231 LEED, BREEAM, Green Mark and Green Globe certified projects.
United States: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, D.C.
Canada: Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto
Asia Pacific: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai
Europe: London. Also leads European Architects Network (EAN) - affiliated firms in Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Rome
Middle East: Dubai1962: The Priory Chapel, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
1970: Houston Galleria, Houston, Texas, United States
1970: Xerox PARC, Palo Alto, California, United States
1975: King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1976: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., United States
1979: Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, United States
1981: Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, United States
1981: Metropolitan Square, St. Louis, Missouri, United States – Current location of HOK St. Louis office
1982: Levi's Plaza, San Francisco, California, United States
1983: King Khaled International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1985: St. Louis Union Station Renovation and Redevelopment, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
1986: BP Building Cleveland, Ohio, United States
1986: Kellogg Company Headquarters Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
1986: Riverchase Galleria Birmingham, Alabama, United States
1991: 801 Grand, Des Moines, Iowa, United States (tallest building in Iowa)
1992: Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research (CEPSR), Columbia University, New York City, United States
1993: Apple Inc. R&D Campus, Cupertino, California, United States
1994: Independence Temple, Independence, Missouri, United States
1995: Tokyo Telecom Center, Tokyo, Japan (co-designers)
1996: Tuntex Sky Tower, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
1996-1997: Nortel Brampton Centre HQ, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
1997: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Restoration, London, England
1997: George Bush Presidential Library, College Station, Texas, United States (on the campus of Texas A&M University)
1999: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Facility Replacement and Redevelopment, Chicago, Illinois, United States (co-designers)
1999: Edificio Malecon Office Tower, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1999: Boeing Leadership Center, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
1999: American Airlines Arena (home of NBA Miami Heat), Miami, Florida, United States
2000: Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000: Nationwide Arena (home of NHL Columbus Blue Jackets), Columbus, Ohio, United States
2001: United States Environmental Protection Agency Research Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States (1.2 million-sq.-ft. campus)
2002: Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, Passenger Terminal Cork, Cork Airport, Ireland
2002: Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, Denver, Colorado, United States
2003: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, Virginia, United States
2004: Harlem Hospital Center Master Plan and Patient Pavilion, New York City, United States
2005: Cisco Systems Executive Briefing Center Interior Design, San Jose, California, United States
2005: Terminal A at Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, United States (world's first LEED certified air terminal building)
2005: Stockton Arena (home of ECHL Stockton Thunder), Stockton, California, United States
2006: Lavasa Hill Station Master Plan and Design Guidelines, Moss Valley, Pune, India
2006: Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (The Wild Center), Tupper Lake, New York, United States
2006: SJ Berwin European Headquarters Interior Design, London, England, (Business Week/Architectural Record Award winner)
2007: Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2007: Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai, China
2007: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
2008: Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, United States
2008: Midfield Terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States (master designer)
2008: Kansas City Power & Light District, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
2009: Doha City Centre, Doha, Qatar, (design of five hotel towers for largest retail development in the Middle East)
2009: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia's first LEED certified project and the world's largest LEED Platinum project)
2009: Carnival House, head office of Carnival UK, Southampton, England
2009: Bakrie Tower, Jakarta, Indonesia
2009: Huntington Park (home of Triple-A MiLB Columbus Clippers), Columbus, Ohio, United States
2010: Indira Gandhi International Airport – Terminal 3, Delhi, India (LEED Gold certification)
2010: New Building 20 at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, (LEED Platinum certification)
2010: MetLife Stadium (home of NFL New York Giants and NFL New York Jets), East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
2011: Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida
2011: Brigade Gateway Enclave, Bengaluru, India
2011: Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, Hanoi, Vietnam (tallest building in Vietnam)
2012: Canon USA Headquarters, Melville, New York
2012: Baku Flame Towers, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012: Harlem Hospital Center Mural Pavilion, New York City
2013: San Francisco Mint Adaptive Reuse, San Francisco, California
2013: BBC Broadcasting House Headquarters Workplace Strategy and Interior Design, London, England
2013: Husky Stadium (home of University of Washington Huskies), Seattle, Washington, United States
2013: Auburn University Recreation & Wellness Center, Auburn, Alabama, United States
2014: 535 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, United States
2014: Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, Anaheim, California, United States
2014: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Inouye Regional Center, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States
2014: Hamad International Airport Passenger Terminal Complex, Doha, Qatar
2015: Avaya Stadium (home of MLS San Jose Earthquakes), San Jose, California, United States
2015: Porsche U.S. Headquarters and Customer Experience Center, Atlanta, Georgia
2015: University of Chicago William Eckhardt Research Center, Chicago, Illinois
2016: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2016: Rogers Place (home of NHL Edmonton Oilers), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2016: Perot Tower, Mixed Used, Dallas, Texas
2016: St Bartholomew’s Hospital Redevelopment and King George V Building, London, England
2017: University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, New York
2017: Capital Market Authority Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2017: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United FC) Atlanta, Georgia, United States
2017: Little Caesars Arena (home of NHL's Detroit Red Wings and NBA's Detroit Pistons), Detroit, Michigan, United States
2018: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Passenger Terminal Modernization, Atlanta, Georgia
2018: LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal B, New York, New York (Phase 1)
2019: FC Barcelona New Palau Blaugrana Arena, Barcelona, Spain
2020: Spire London Skyscraper, London, England