Hoefer Wysocki Architecture’s founding Partner, Mitch Hoefer, was recently featured in an Ingram’s Magazine article, “Architects, Engineers Designing for a Brighter Future.” A panel of Kansas City-based architects and engineers, that included Mitch Hoefer, were interviewed about the challenges the American economy has brought to project budgets, schedules and the overall outlook on the industry’s future. “The days of being able to pull the trigger on a building are still not back, but there is still a need for a decent number of tenants before you can pull the trigger and get the funding,” Mitch states, referring to speculative new office projects. Read the entire article here.
Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) just published their 50th Anniversary edition of Living Healthy magazine featuring Mitch Hoefer and the new Women’s Center. The front cover shows side-by-side photos of an original picture taken in 1963 and a recreation in modern form with Mitch and SMMC’s CEO, Ken Bacon, reviewing the plans for the new Women’s Center on an iPad. The publication also includes an article discussing the current expansion of SMMC, highlighting the Women’s Center.
The new MacKown Dental Clinic at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, opened for business last week and it’s a very impressive facility!
Our firm should be very proud of this building. It has already received a US Air Force Design Award, and will likely receive additional awards in the future. An Air Force general officer who recently toured the facility just said “Wow … this is dental heaven!” Everyone who sees the facility is similarly impressed.
This isn’t just a run of the mill dental clinic; it’s the US Air Force’s Post Graduate Dental School and Clinic, a premier dental residency training and treatment facility with over 70 dental treatment rooms, a 6,000+ SF dental lab, and the latest in dental imaging technology. Their staff are a critical component in the treatment of service members returned from overseas with severe maxiofacial / head injuries, using 3-D stereolithography modeling technology and other advanced reconstructive techniques that are only available at a few locations in the country.
Thanks to everyone on the team for all their hard work!
Professional photography will be done next month, so great photos will be forthcoming.
Hosam’s been busy lately. As the lead designer for the MacKown Dental Clinic project at Lackland AFB, Hosam flew to San Antonio to officially receive the USAF Honor Award for the project from Major General Timothy A. Byers.
The 55,617 GSF facility is going to be a true icon on the base and is still on track for an early 2012 completion, along with LEED Gold certification.
The final numbers are in and we’re proud to announce we raised nearly $14,000 for the United Way! Last week’s United Way Week, on top of being a whole lot of fun, ended up with a 13% increase in donations from last year’s totals. This counts funds raised through payroll deductions and a whole range of games and contests, most of them based on reality TV and game shows from the last 30 years.
And what’s a theme week without costumes? It didn’t hurt that United Way Week fell right before Halloween, but we’ve never had a problem getting into it. The casts of That ’70s Show, Gilligan’s Island, The Amazing Race, American Idol, The Bachelor, Grey’s Anatomy and even the Jetsons made an appearance at our wrap-up party.
There is no mistaking that the new Argentine Library is going to become a centerpiece of the neighborhood when it opens in 2012. In an area that has seen its share of challenges, the library will provide an architectural icon and a focal point for the whole neighborhood. Replacing an aging and outdated facility, the new library will be flooded with natural light, flexible in its configurations and wired for today’s technology.
The Argentine Library is funded by the Kansas City, Kansas school system, but will be open as a resource and a centerpiece for the whole community. Inside, there will be something for everyone – study areas, flexible stacks, conference rooms, art areas, a children’s story time area and even a community room.
You may have seen the ceremonial groundbreaking in the news, but Shawnee Mission Medical Center has begun construction of a $42 million birth center, which Hoefer Wysocki designed to help them remain the area’s first choice for maternity programs.
The new center is expected to be three times as large as Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s existing birth unit and is expected to open in early 2013. It’ll have 19 labor and delivery rooms, 36 private postpartum rooms and a 24-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Altogether, the unit will be able to care for as many as 30 babies at once and handle 5,000 births a year.
Even though construction has just started, Shawnee Mission Medical Center can’t wait to show off their new state-of-the-art facility. For a peek inside, visit: www.ShawneeMission.org/birthcenter