HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Our 1,700 people collaborate across a network of 24 offices on three continents. HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. Our designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focused on a solitary goal: to deliver solutions that inspire clients and communities. We bring together HOK’s geographic and cultural diversity to create innovative design solutions that create real value for clients all over the US.
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Locations: The Kansas City office, in the Crossroads District, is one of 23 offices worldwide.
Why Kansas City?
HOK’s Kansas City office was founded in 1980 and has grown to become one of the leading architecture firms in the region. Located in the Crossroads Arts District, we are deeply rooted in Kansas City and strengthened by an international team of experts and access to key resources. Our staff of over 130 designers who specialize in corporate, commercial, hospitality, mixed-use, sports, recreation and entertainment facilities provide client-focused and award-winning design solutions. Our practice has designed more than 35 million square feet of corporate office space, and has been involved in many of the region’s most iconic projects including the Power & Light District, H&R Block World Headquarters, IRS Service Center and Polsinelli Plaza Vista. HOK helped revitalize downtown Kansas City by designing more than 8 million sq. ft. of urban space including sports, entertainment, office, mixed-use and civic projects.
HOK has received many awards throughout the years, what are some recent ones?
#1 Architecture/Engineering firm in Architectural Record's Top 300 Architecture Firms
1st LEED Platinum certified professional sports stadium in North America, with the design of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.
Please share a handful of projects that represent the work of HOK.
A new architectural icon in Atlanta and a benchmark for sports venues.
The design establishes a new architectural icon for Atlanta and a new benchmark for sports venues while creating a fan experience that is second to none. Wallpaper named it one of the top buildings that shaped the world’s culture in 2017.
Conventional retractable roofs feature utilitarian, sliding panels. For the design of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team found inspiration in the way sunlight passes through the oculus in the roof of the Pantheon in Rome. Made up of eight triangular ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) “petals” that move together along 16 individual tracks, the semi-transparent roof opens and closes like the aperture of a camera.
Designed for sustainability, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is North America’s first LEED Platinum professional sports stadium. A 600,000-square-foot cistern helps recapture and reuse rainwater. This helps protect the neighborhood from flooding and provides rainwater to irrigate trees throughout the city. The site has more than 4,000 solar PV panels. The focus on sustainability extends into the community through connections to public transit and the creation of urban farming areas and open recreation spaces.
In addition to serving as an anchor for the downtown tourist and entertainment district, the stadium will catalyze changes in surrounding neighborhoods. District-scale thinking enables the building to share resources with nearby developments.
HOK collaborated on the design with tvsdesign, Goode Van Slyke Architecture and Stanley Beaman & Sears. HOK’s structural engineers collaborated with BuroHappold, with WSP providing MEP and fire protection engineering.
Dairy Farmers of America Headquarters
KANSAS CITY, KS
Design of the country's largest milk marketing cooperative.
The design of the new headquarters for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the country’s largest milk marketing cooperative, helps the company attract the best and brightest people.nThe three-story facility is in the emerging Village West growth corridor in suburban Wyandotte County, Kansas, near several businesses, shopping destinations and attractions.
The company selected this accessible suburban site for its headquarters for its proximity to amenities and opportunities for future growth. While not located in the heart of downtown, DFA serves as a successful example for a new type of suburban corporate campuses. The site is strategically configured to make it easy for DFA to add a wing or construct a new standalone building.
Special staff amenities include outdoor conference rooms, a full-service kitchen and cafeteria, a visitor business center, a multipurpose room that can hold all of DFA’s employees, fitness facilities including basketball and bocce ball courts, a walking trail and a fire pit.
Use of reclaimed wood from a local barn and dairy-inspired materials and forms reflects the humility of the thousands of dairy farmers that the organization represents.
Plaza Vista Mixed-Use Development
KANSAS CITY, MO
Redesigning a partially constructed mixed-use development on the Country Club Plaza for law firm, Polsinelli.
HOK’s design team collaborated with Polsinelli, JE Dunn Construction and Plaza Vista developer VanTrust Real Estate to deliver an iconic building that celebrates a world-class law firm. The team’s challenge was to redesign a partially constructed mixed-use development on the Country Club Plaza for Polsinelli, the new anchor tenant.
The building needed to support Polsinelli’s business needs and culture while creating a valuable asset for VanTrust Real Estate and a mixed-use amenity for the community.
The design team’s plan maximizes reuse of the existing construction while creating a new building orientation. The outward-facing orientation acknowledges the prominence of this location and connects it to the Plaza.
Louisiana State University Student Recreation Complex
BATON ROUGE, LA
An on-campus complex that inspires personal wellness in a sustainable, flexible environment.
The new center supports LSU’s vision for an expanded on-campus University Recreation (UREC) complex that inspires personal wellness.
Designed to promote “healthy buildings for healthy bodies,” the renovation and expansion will provide much-needed facilities for fitness, leisure, wellness, aquatic and outdoor adventure in a sustainable, flexible environment.
The center will be an anchor building on University Lake, drawing students to this campus destination and connecting them to the surrounding landscape. Creating strong links between indoor and outdoor program areas, the center’s form and layout maximize daylight, frame outside views and integrate open-air spaces with exercise terraces, outdoor aquatics and interior courtyards.
A new Outdoor Aquatic and Adventure Center includes a lap pool, a leisure pool that spells out the letters “LSU,” tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and a high-low ropes challenge course. The existing natatorium and adjacent locker rooms were renovated to enhance functionality and the environment for students. The project was designed as a joint venture by GraceHebert Architects and HOK.