HMC received two honors at AIA Santa Clara Valley’s bi-annual design awards. The Orchard School Library received an Honor Award, one of only two given that night, and McAfee’s Executive Briefing Center received a Citation Award. The awards program recognizes design excellence and this year’s theme focused on Sustaining Innovation. According to the chapter, “the legacy of Architecture in Santa Clara Valley has been its support of innovative companies, organizations, and individuals. Looking ahead, Sustaining Innovation may be a key to addressing regional and global challenges. This award program acknowledges design excellence and creativity in projects which sustain innovation, make positive impacts, and serve communities, companies and individuals.”

Orchard School’s new library is a prime example of how a small public school library is uniting a campus and inspiring academic success. The library fosters an environment of high academic standards and supports the District’s vision of shaping students to be lifelong learners and independent thinkers. When the library opened, the District received praise for its stunning design, advanced technology use, and forward-thinking automated energy conservation measures, as well as its inviting and child-friendly environment. Orchard School is proud of its library and the connection it establishes with its surrounding technology-savvy community. This building reflects the values of a 21st century school that cultivates leadership, scholarship, and equity. It has quickly become the most sought-out facility on campus and is used by the Valley’s larger teaching community and special groups for training purposes.

The new McAfee Headquarters Executive Briefing Center (EBC) in Santa Clara, California is a key component for reinforcing the company’s corporate brand and driving its sales and marketing efforts. Supporting its bold progressive reputation and visual identity, the 13,000-square-foot McAfee EBC offers visitors a real-time, real-world experience of the company’s online safety software. Here visitors have the opportunity to meet with company executives and product experts, engage in open discussions, and learn how the latest award-winning solutions can solve their unique business challenges.  This highly choreographed experience enables customers to make more informed decisions through interactive dialogues on the company’s product and strategy roadmap. The design intent was to merge elegant, streamlined architectural design with innovative technology to create a visually rich environment where the visitor can truly experience McAfee’s real-time, connected approach to security in an ever-changing world.

The Registry SF published the article, “Silicon Valley Architects Recognize Best Work,” to highlight several of the award winning projects, including HMC’s Orchard School Library.