Learn / Thought leadership

When a popcorn machine isn’t just a popcorn machine…
November 13, 2012 AdminHBA Design, How-To, People

When a popcorn machine isn’t just a popcorn machine…

As the Marketing Coordinator here at HBA, I am occasionally tasked with some very interesting projects. And by “very interesting”, I mean “seemingly random”. Exhibit “A”: Tricking out the Popcorn Machine that comes with us to most trade shows. (Hint to exhibitors– Popcorn machines draw bigger crowds than recycled pencils. Although we have those, too.) […]
CANstruction® 2012
November 12, 2012 AdminHBA Design, Events

CANstruction® 2012

It starts with one can. To feed the hungry. To lift the spirit. To change the world. HBA is proud to support the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia by participating in CANstruction® 2012. CANstruction® is a national community service project of the design and construction industry that collects food to be distributed to local soup […]
Is Drawing a Lost Art?
October 31, 2012 AdminHBA Design

Is Drawing a Lost Art?

Here at HBA we embrace hand drawing as a valuable part of the design process. As architect Michael Graves so elegantly stated in a recent article, “Architecture cannot divorce itself from drawing, no matter how impressive the technology gets. Drawings are not just end products: they are part of the thought process of architectural design. Drawings express […]
HRACRE Award of Excellence
October 23, 2012 AdminHBA Design, Front Page

HRACRE Award of Excellence

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 […]
Scales of Justice
September 24, 2012 AdminHBA Design

Scales of Justice

A sculpture representing the symbolic Scales of Justice was just installed at the Portsmouth Judicial Center.  This symbolic piece seems only appropriate for the place of justice.  The idea of incorporating this symbol into the design in some way was discussed often during the development of the project, and lobby art seemed like a perfect opportunity.   The initial […]
Straight from Studio, Part I of III
September 10, 2012 AdminHBA Design

Straight from Studio, Part I of III

This summer, we were fortunate enough to have two very talented college interns join the HBA Team.  Alec Yukbabenko is currently a 3rd-year student in Virginia Tech’s Architecture program, and shared some of his amazing work from his 2nd-year with us.  Read Alec’s description of his project below and check out his impressive drawings and […]
Christian F. Schilt Headquarters Building: LEED Gold
August 15, 2012 AdminHBA Design, Sustainability/LEED®

Christian F. Schilt Headquarters Building: LEED Gold

HBA with Hankins and Anderson, LPDA Landscape Architecture and PCL Construction were recently awarded LEED Gold from the US Green Building Council for the Christian F. Schilt Headquarters Building at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point.  This certification validates the efforts of numerous employees among all of the companies and enforces our continuing commitment to […]
Architecture Unemployment: A Reaction
July 09, 2012 AdminHBA Design, Wisdom (Lessons Learned)

Architecture Unemployment: A Reaction

A recent publication from Georgetown University entitled “Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal” shed light on some harsh realities that recently graduating college students have to face.  Relevant to our profession, recently hired Architecture graduates are staring down the possibility of losing their jobs to the tune of 13.9% unemployment, the highest number in […]
Summer Mentorship Series: Alek DeMott
July 03, 2012 AdminHBA Design, People

Summer Mentorship Series: Alek DeMott

In our continuing effort to support our community while promoting the architectural profession, we volunteered to mentor a high school student for his Ocean Lakes High School Senior Mentorship Project. Alek DeMott began his 100-hours with us on June 18th and his last day is today. The following is a brief description by Alek of […]
Fitness Center Update
June 14, 2012 AdminHBA Design, Sustainability/LEED®

Fitness Center Update

I recently conducted a site visit to the P-714 Fitness Center currently under construction at Marine Corps Air Station, New River in Jacksonville, NC.  This project is an approximately 46,000 sq ft building consisting of exercise space, a basketball court with climbing wall, multipurpose space, a six-lane 50 meter pool, and administration space for the […]