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Kempsville Community Recreation Center – Progress

Lauren
Design, Front Page, Sustainability/LEED®
The new Kempsville Recreation Center is coming along nicely, and we are thrilled to see the building starting to take shape! The walls are up in the gymnasium, and the joists are being put in. Over on the north part of the building, the pool is being supported by helical piles, and a sea of rebar begins to show the shape of what will eventually be a large competition and wading pool.   When the new recreation center is complete, it will house an indoor track, basketball courts, a competition pool and wading pool, a dance studio, workout room, several community rooms as well as a childcare center. Kempsville Recreation Center was designed to be a LEED Silver Certified building, and includes sustainable features such as a geo-thermal system, rapidly renewable materials, and highly efficient HVAC and plumbing systems. We can't wait for the recreation center to open in 2017, you can be sure you'll find several members of the HBA family there!  
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The Healing Place of Hampton Roads

Kelly
Design, Featured, Front Page, General News
Recently published in the Daily Press, an article featuring The Healing Place of Hampton Roads (designed by HBA): Healing Place of Hampton Roads aims for 2016 opening By Theresa Clift, tclift@dailypress.com 8:09 p.m. EDT, September 29, 2014 NEWPORT NEWS — The Healing Place of Hampton Roads, a long-term detox and rehabilitation facility for the region's homeless, could open as early as 2016. The roughly $18.6 million facility will serve 26 jurisdictions across Hampton Roads, western Tidewater, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore. The location for the facility is not yet finalized, said Ruth Hill, executive director. Leaders have asked the state to pay 20 percent of the cost, about $4 million, Hill said. The rest would come from the localities and private donations. Newport News City Manager Jim Bourey said he would likely recommend the City Council approve the funding. There's also a Healing Place facility in Richmond and another is being planned in southwest Virginia. Residents of Healing Place stay for nine to 15 months, going through several phases of getting sober, getting professional training and finally become peer mentors for
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Joe Bovee wins SAME Architect-of-the-Year Award

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Front Page
On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, the Hampton Roads Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) honored Joe Bovee, a principal at HBA, with its 2012 Architect-of-the-Year Award.  The citation for the Award reads as follows: “Joseph Dean Bovee, AIA has distinguished himself as an exceptional leader in the design of facilities for the U.S. Department of Defense.  Over the past 15 years, Joe has led the Federal/DOD Studio of HBA Architecture & Interior Design and transformed HBA into one of the nation’s leading designers of DOD facilities.  Joe has led by example and influenced the careers of several young architects and interns.  He has mastered design and delivery of nearly every imaginable facility and project type known to MILCON.  He is a proven innovator and piloted one of most successful value engineering programs in NAVFAC history.  In addition to saving millions of dollars in MILCON spending, Joe helped focus design on delivery of high quality facilities that solved complex problems and have endured beautifully.  Joe is a skilled communicator that patiently works hard to understand a problem and alternative solutions prior to solving them.  J
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Kellam High School in Inform Magazine

HBA
Design, Front Page
HBA's design for the new Kellam High School was recently featured in Inform Magazine.  The article speaks to the school's integral relationship with the learning objectives of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, highlighting how the innovative design facilitates and promotes the development of 21st century skills among students.  Congratulations to the Kellam High School design team!
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Light Rail is Moving Forward

HBA
Front Page, Sustainability/LEED®
Virginia Beach residents have given their stamp of approval for the city to continue studying Light Rail.  The results of the non-binding Election Day referendum showed that roughly 62% of voters supported the pursuit of financing and development options for bringing Light Rail to Virginia Beach.  Read the full article from the Virginian-Pilot here.  We love Light Rail!    Becky Cook
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HRACRE Award of Excellence

HBA
Design, Front Page
The Portsmouth Judicial Center received the HRACRE award for Best Institutional/Public Building of 2012.  Judges praised the project for its architectural design, "which derives from classical forms typical of the traditional courthouse design and is enriched by contemporary forms and elements inspired by the American craftsman style."  Among the many noteworthy features of the building are the impressive facade, clearly-organized plan, beautiful interiors, and unique lobby art.  Read full the article here.  Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this successful project! Group photo courtesy of stephanie frantz photography   Becky Cook
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