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Community Celebrates Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Topping Off
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Community Celebrates Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Topping Off

Members of the design and construction team, MSBA, school community and state officials celebrated the topping off of the new Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School.

Bringing Design Awareness to Teens Outside of Boston
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Bringing Design Awareness to Teens Outside of Boston

Members from HMFH’s Racial Equity and Diversity Committee visited career fairs in the Greater Boston area to share information about career opportunities in the AEC industry.

Suni Dillard Wins AIA Young Architects Award 2024
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Suni Dillard Wins AIA Young Architects Award 2024

The Young Architects Award recognizes AIA members who have shown exceptional leadership in design, planning, education, and service to the profession.

Tunable Lighting: Mimicking the Natural Progression of Daylight
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Tunable Lighting: Mimicking the Natural Progression of Daylight

Incorporating tunable lighting in educational architecture offers adjustable color temperatures and intensities that mimic daylight, enhance student health, aid teachers in creating optimal learning environments, and guide student behavior within classrooms.

Bristol Aggie’s Center for Science and the Environment Wins Grand Prize Award!
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Bristol Aggie’s Center for Science and the Environment Wins Grand Prize Award!

Learning by Design’s Spring Educational Facilities Design Awards showcases innovative projects that address sustainability and social impact, next-generation learning, effective space planning, and community needs.

Urban Oasis: Elevating Outdoor Space in a High-Rise School
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Urban Oasis: Elevating Outdoor Space in a High-Rise School

As educational facilities trend toward building up, not out, accessible green roofs could become standard in modern public school design.

Cultivating the Next Generation of Design Professionals at Architecture / Design Thinking Week
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Cultivating the Next Generation of Design Professionals at Architecture / Design Thinking Week

Students from Boston Public Schools joined HMFH over February Break for a hands-on program, in which young professionals share insights about the design industry.

2024 Promotions
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2024 Promotions

Our leadership is expanding! Matt and Mirtha have been promoted to Associate Principal and Associate, strengthening HMFH’s practice.

Fales Elementary Wins BE+ Green Building of the Year!
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Fales Elementary Wins BE+ Green Building of the Year!

Fales Elementary School receives the coveted BE+ Green Building of the Year award for excellence in sustainable design.

Arlington High School Phase Two Opens
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Arlington High School Phase Two Opens

Spaces now open to students include the central spine, humanities wing, and media center.

HMFH Bus Tour 2023
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HMFH Bus Tour 2023

Summer is in full swing, which means the return of the annual HMFH bus tour!

Three HMFH School Buildings Earn LEED Gold Certification
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Three HMFH School Buildings Earn LEED Gold Certification

Chapman Middle School and two buildings from Bristol Aggie’s renewed campus design are LEED Gold certified!

Green Roofs Expand Minds and Opportunities
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Green Roofs Expand Minds and Opportunities

In an article for Spaces4Learning, Sustainability Leader and Senior Associate Gary Brock breaks down the many uses and benefits of green roofs.

Chapman Middle School Receives Educational Facilities Design Award
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Chapman Middle School Receives Educational Facilities Design Award

A national recognition, Learning by Design’s Educational Facilities Design Awards honor exemplary learning environment design.

Bristol Aggie Invests in the Future
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Bristol Aggie Invests in the Future

In an article for ACTE publication Techniques, Principal Emeritus Laura Wernick outlines three critical steps for designing successful CTE facilities.

Saugus Middle High School Wins BSA K-12 Honor Award
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Saugus Middle High School Wins BSA K-12 Honor Award

Saugus Middle High School earns an Honor Award from the BSA for excellence in K-12 educational design.

2023 Promotions
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2023 Promotions

We are pleased to announce the promotion of the following individuals in recognition of their leadership in design, sustainability, research, and client support.

New Josiah Quincy Upper School Tops Off!
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New Josiah Quincy Upper School Tops Off!

Many gathered at the new JQUS site to celebrate the completion of the school’s monumental steel structure.

Bristol Aggie Named 2022 BE+ Green Building of the Year
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Bristol Aggie Named 2022 BE+ Green Building of the Year

Bristol County Agricultural High School receives the coveted Green Building of the Year award for excellence in sustainable design.

Creating Space for Student Well-being
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Creating Space for Student Well-being

In an article for Essentials magazine, HMFH Associate Principal Matt LaRue describes how the design of the new Chapman School fosters student wellness.

Remembering HMFH Founder Stephen Friedlaender, FAIA (1935-2022)
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Remembering HMFH Founder Stephen Friedlaender, FAIA (1935-2022)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of HMFH’s founding partners Stephen Friedlaender, FAIA.

HMFH Selected for Feasibility Study at the Franklin Elementary School in Newton
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HMFH Selected for Feasibility Study at the Franklin Elementary School in Newton

We are pleased to announce that HMFH was selected as the designer for the Franklin Elementary School in Newton, MA.

HMFH Implements Healthy Material Initiative at Bristol-Plymouth
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HMFH Implements Healthy Material Initiative at Bristol-Plymouth

HMFH is leading the charge to eliminate chemicals of concern in K-12 public school buildings.

HMFH Bus Tour 2022
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HMFH Bus Tour 2022

The firm’s annual bus tour provided an exciting opportunity for HMFHers to learn about the designs of our colleagues first-hand!

Design Thinking Bootcamp
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Design Thinking Bootcamp

Students from Boston Public Schools joined HMFH over February Break for an interactive introduction to architecture and design thinking.

Renovate or Build New: A Life Cycle Comparison of Two Academic Buildings
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Renovate or Build New: A Life Cycle Comparison of Two Academic Buildings

Learn more about the environmental impact of renovation vs. new construction at different stages throughout a building’s life cycle.

Saugus Middle High School Achieves LEED Platinum Certification
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Saugus Middle High School Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

The new school is a visible commitment to assuring the next generation of students will be stewards of both their community and environment.

HMFH Endows New Scholarship Program
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HMFH Endows New Scholarship Program

HMFH announces new partnership with the BAC for a scholarship program promoting diversity in the design industry.

Arlington High School: Zoning for Sustainability
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Arlington High School: Zoning for Sustainability

Thoughtful programming and efficient zoning at the new all-electric Arlington High School help achieve ambitious energy targets.

Bristol Aggie Natural History Museum: Progressing Through Local Ecology
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Bristol Aggie Natural History Museum: Progressing Through Local Ecology

Bristol Aggie’s new Natural History Museum guides the user through an extensive collection of student-curated exhibits.

Massachusetts’ First Net-Positive Energy Public School Opens
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Massachusetts’ First Net-Positive Energy Public School Opens

HMFH’s new Fales Elementary School in Westborough, MA, is the first net-positive energy elementary school in the Commonwealth.

Architectural Graphics: Enhancing the Educational Experience
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Architectural Graphics: Enhancing the Educational Experience

Bold & dynamic graphics, a signature of HMFH schools, enable us to create meaningful learning environments for each community we serve.

HMFH Recognized as Emerging Professional Friendly Firm
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HMFH Recognized as Emerging Professional Friendly Firm

AIA New England recognizes HMFH as an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm.

HMFH Presents at Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference
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HMFH Presents at Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference

Gary Brock and Pete Rust share their expertise in sustainable preservation at the MA Historic Preservation Conference.

Exploratory Labs: Paving the Way for Experiential Learning
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Exploratory Labs: Paving the Way for Experiential Learning

Innovative exploratory labs at the new Chapman Middle School support a hands-on, STEAM-driven approach to learning.

HMFH Bus Tour 2021
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HMFH Bus Tour 2021

HMFHers gathered to learn more about current HMFH projects at the annual bus tour.

Suni Dillard Helps Develop Embodied Carbon Series
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Suni Dillard Helps Develop Embodied Carbon Series

As one of HMFH’s Sustainability Leaders, Suni Dillard is well-equipped for her role advising the BSA on its Embodied Carbon 101 series.

Stories of Sustainability
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Stories of Sustainability

Watch this video to learn more about HMFH’s commitment to climate action through sustainable school design.

HMFH Sustainability Leaders Take the Floor at Architecture Boston Expo and Greenbuild
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HMFH Sustainability Leaders Take the Floor at Architecture Boston Expo and Greenbuild

HMFH’s Sustainability Leaders share their expertise at numerous conferences.

Child-Centric Design
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Child-Centric Design

Children learn best in environments tailored to their specific needs. Learn how we design spaces where students of all ages can thrive.

Florida Ruffin Ridley School Earns Copper in Architecture Award
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Florida Ruffin Ridley School Earns Copper in Architecture Award

HMFH’s design of the Florida Ruffin Ridley School won a Copper in Architecture Award.