After working in the area for several years, HOK, an architectural, design and engineering company, will open a new studio in Denver.
The company will move to the LoDo Towers building on 140117th St. The studio will officially open in the spring.
“There have been people in Colorado for years,” said Bill Johnson, head of office design.
During the pandemic, some of the company’s strategic leaders moved to the state and worked in remote areas. Seven HOK employees have permanently relocated to Colorado.
“We are aiming for expansion,” Johnson said. “We are also absolutely watching the continued growth of the region. We see this as an opportunity to take advantage of the new region of national design talent.”
By opening a new studio in Denver, we will support HOK staff working in the area. The company has more than 1,600 employees in 24 offices, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, New York, London and Shanghai.
“We have a long presence in the region thanks to the deep relationship between developers and clients and the high-profile projects,” HOK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Hellmuth said in a statement. I am saying. “Seeing the tremendous opportunity to grow across Colorado and the mountains, we are excited about the opportunity this new studio offers to our people, our clients, and our company.”
The company’s recent projects in Colorado include the office of Porcinelli LLP in downtown Denver and the William J. Hible Sports Medicine and Performance Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
According to Johnson, the company is involved in the strategic and facility master plan for the University of Colorado’s healthcare system.
“As important as our clients, we have many friends here who are the national consultants we use all the time,” Johnson said.
Areas of focus for Denver staff include healthcare, science and technology, higher education, and aviation. Johnson specializes in sports facilities.
“We are doing a lot of work to rethink our office environment and find higher value in rentable space,” Johnson said.
Regarding workspaces, Johnson said HOK has heard from clients across the country that offices will not be in a pre-coronavirus pandemic state.
“Maybe it’s a modified weekly job, maybe three days a week in the office, or some flexible time,” Johnson said. “They may want to restructure their work environment to be more meeting space and space for people to get together and collaborate, not just a series of offices and desks. That’s me. I think it’s something we all really miss. “
Looking at its own workspace, HOK initially has 2,500 square feet and has room for growth. According to Johnson, the company is excited to be in downtown Lower.
“I think part of HOK in Denver is that we want to be part of the business community,” Johnson said. “It was important that we were in a central location.”