HFA’s Civil Department team enjoys its monthly breakfast in the HFA break room. The team routinely gets together to spend time as a department, to celebrate each other’s wins and to discuss news about the Civil Department. At HFA, communication is a key factor in ensuring success.
Q: What is the role of engineering when designing a new space?
A: The architect creates the space with the needs of the client in mind, while it’s the challenge of the engineer to make the space functional, comfortable and safe. One of the engineer’s main goals is to design the most optimal use of the space.
“Successful design integrates architecture and engineering into a holistic space.”
Q: What’s the biggest advantage of HFA being an integrated A/E Firm?
A: Communication. The HFA design team all work in the communication to stimulate creative design solutions. Truly integrating an A/E firm is like designing a good space, you have to understand how the disciplines work together to create the holistic experience for the end-user. In this scenario, our clients are the end-user.
Q: How does that integration help in creating meaningful places?
A: Any designer can create a space, but great spaces happen when architects and engineers are working together to optimize it for the human experience. That’s the end goal of any project. Good space design is about the way it makes you feel when you experience it, and we want to create a meaningful place for all to enjoy!
Identifies 25 Ways to Impact the World Through Design
The architectural and engineering firm based in Bentonville, Arkansas reached a major milestone unachieved by most firms, 25 years in business. In recognition, the staff developed ideas of ways to impact the world through design.
Founded by architect Harrison French, the one person firm has grown to over 170 employees serving nationally recognized clients throughout the United States and is positioned to begin working internationally. The fully integrated, multi-disciplined firm has been recognized among the fastest growing firms for the past six years, by Zweig Group, a national architectural and engineering industry consulting firm. Based upon the number of licensed professionals, HFA was recently recognized as the largest architectural and engineering firm in Arkansas. The growing Bentonville firm has an office in Houston, Texas and staff in Dallas, Texas.
“This anniversary would not have been possible without the hard work of a lot of talented professionals and great clients.” said Harrison French, AIA, Principal / CEO, “I’m even more excited about our future as we continue to challenge ourselves and develop our skills even further.”
In celebration of their achievement, HFA hosted an event on May 7th in their newly renovated headquarters office which was transformed from a vacant home improvement retail store. The beautifully designed studio was awarded LEED CI Gold certification for its utilization of sustainable design and energy saving systems.
In recognition of their 25 year achievement, the HFA staff launched 25 Ways to Impact the World Through Design initiative. This thought provoking initiative asked our staff members to identify a design idea that can be used in our daily lives and the impact that design can have upon the world. There were 89 entries submitted by our staff of which the 25 where chosen by the staff to represent our 25 years in business. At our May 7th anniversary celebration, the top three design ideas were selected by a vote of the attending guests.
“This has been a very fun design challenge and we were excited to see that there were so many innovative ideas created by our staff. The design ideas really tell the story that our staff is not only very creative, but that they are truly caring people who really want to help the world become a better and more meaningful place to enjoy.” said Larry Lott, AIA, President and COO.
About HFA (Harrison French & Associates, LTD) is a multi-disciplinary design firm providing Architecture, Interior Design, MEP Engineering, Fire Protection, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Landscape design services to the retail, commercial and assisted living markets throughout the U.S. and holds professional licenses in all 50 states; and the District of Columbia. Please visit us at http://hfa-ae.com/.