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January 12, 2018: HKS Architects Limited: An Architect's Dream: Designing a Super Bowl Stadium

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I know. This story's title makes it sound like I'm playing in the big game, doesn't it? But in my own way, I'll be down on the field on February 4. It's a dream come true to be part of the team that designed U.S. Bank Stadium, host to this year's Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. Like the NFL franchises taking part in Super Bowl Sunday, our design team here at HKS is pumped. We worked hard to reach this moment, and we'll revel in every minute.

I'm the ultimate sports fan. Growing up in Texas, my friends and I would gather in the backyard and relive all the great plays of our boyhood idols, the Dallas Cowboys' Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. Their games with the San Francisco 49ers were epic. I played baseball and basketball in high school, but my coaches recommended I do something else for a living. One path fizzled, and another opened.

I went to Texas Tech University to study architecture, but my parents will tell you that I've been an architect since age five. When we'd go to Galveston on vacation, I didn't want to play in the ocean - I wanted to look at houses. I was enamored with the island's gorgeous, historic late 19th century homes. I was constantly building and sketching, exploring the built environment. After college, I knew I wanted to experience other parts of the country, and a professor mentioned HKS. He said it was known as a firm that really understood how to put a building together, and I figured that was something I'd better learn how to do, whether I was designing homes or something else. I got an opportunity to relocate and join HKS in Los Angeles 14 years ago.

I was about six months into my career when HKS won the commission to design the Dallas Cowboys' home field, AT&T Stadium. I couldn't think of anything more incredible than uniting my chosen profession with my love of sports - not to mention a chance to work on a new home for my Cowboys. I begged my bosses to let me work on the project. My persistence paid off - with time, they succumbed to my pleading, and I landed my dream job.

With the debut of Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008 (another HKS project) and AT&T Stadium in 2009, the era of multipurpose, high tech, high design entertainment venues ushered in the modern stadium era. For design aficionados like myself, locating stadiums in the heart of cities recalls an ancient precedent, when stadia were the public gathering places, the hubs of entertainment and excitement. In ancient Rome, there were no freeways or cars to whisk people away to the suburbs for a gladiator match; the Coliseum was the heart of the city.

Today, U.S. Bank Stadium is the heartbeat in downtown Minneapolis. And while we celebrate moments like the Super Bowl, when we begin the design process, we think about what it will be like on any given Tuesday as much as we do on an NFL Sunday - we want them both to feel special. That's what's so incredible about the exterior spaces we designed outside U.S. Bank Stadium. The energy inside the stadium radiates onto the public realm, spilling out through the stadium's Legacy Gate, home to the world's largest pivoting glass doors onto a nearly three-acre plaza that the locals call "The Commons." The family-friendly atmosphere here on game days, even when it's cold and there's snow on the ground, exudes excitement, people in purple, and all things Vikings.

Stadium design is often years in the making. It is highly complex, requires a massive team effort, it's intense, and often highly secretive. When one of these billion dollar-plus mega marvels finally opens its doors, there is no feeling that describes the elation of the design team. I was fortunate enough to be on the field when the Vikings players entered U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time. To witness their expressions and awe was incredible. It was like reliving my own childhood awe and joy of the special sports moments and memories that the athletes I admired growing up gave to me, only in reverse. There I stood, giving NFL football players a moment they would always remember. No words describe the emotions that entailed.

There's a reason why we call an architecture firm a practice. Every day we practice our craft. The Super Bowl of design or the NFL Super Bowl is rarefied air that you can't reach without incredible persistence, hard work and tons of practice. Putting time into both team and individual efforts pays off in the final performance. Team chemistry, timing and a little luck also help.

So on Super Bowl Sunday, when you hear interviews of the players or coaching staff throwing out cliches trying to describe this amazing feeling, just know that for the design team, too, there simply are no words.

INDEX

SECTION 1 HKS ARCHITECTS LIMITED PROFILE

SECTION 2 OTHER NEWS: 2018

SECTION 3 PRESS RELEASES: 2017

SECTION 4 OTHER NEWS: 2017

SECTION 5 PRESS RELEASES: 2016

SECTION 6 OTHER NEWS: 2016

SECTION 7 HKS ARCHITECTS LIMITED TOP MANAGEMENT

SECTION 1 HKS ARCHITECTS LIMITED PROFILE

1.1 ACTIVITIES

HKS Architects Limited provides architecture and interior design services. The companys services include urban design and regeneration, engineering, environmental analysis, branding, space planning, project management, and graphic design. It serves corporate offices, healthcare, education, retail, leisure and sports facilities, research and manufacturing buildings, hotels and resorts, banks, government offices, aviation facilities, and residential buildings. The company was formerly known as RyderHKS International Limited and changed its name to HKS Architects Limited in September, 2008. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. HKS Architects Limited operates as a subsidiary of HKS, Inc.

1.2 SUMMARY

Website: http://www.hksarchitectsltd.co.uk

Industry: Miscellaneous Commercial Servi

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January 12: HKS Architects Limited: An Architect's Dream: Designing a Super Bowl Stadium

I know. This story's title makes it sound like I'm playing in the big game, doesn't it? But in my own way, I'll be down on the field on February 4. It's a dream come true to be part of the team that designed U.S. Bank Stadium, host to this year's Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. Like the NFL franchises taking part in Super Bowl Sunday, our design team here at HKS is pumped. We worked hard to reach this moment, and we'll revel in every minute.

I'm the ultimate sports fan. Growing up in Texas, my friends and I would gather in the backyard and relive all the great plays of our boyhood idols, the Dallas Cowboys' Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. Their games with the San Francisco 49ers were epic. I played baseball and basketball in high school, but my coaches recommended I do something else for a living. One path fizzled, and another opened.

I went to Texas Tech University to study architecture, but my parents will tell you that I've been an architect since age five. When we'd go to Galveston on vacation, I didn't want to play in the ocean - I wanted to look at houses. I was enamored with the island's gorgeous, historic late 19th century homes. I was constantly building and sketching, exploring the built environment.

January 07: HKS Architects Limited: U.S. Bank Stadium 365: Beyond the Super Bowl

As Super Bowl LII rapidly approaches, all eyes are trained on Minneapolis. The Twin Cities, like all good civic hosts when the world lands on your doorstep, is prepared. The economic and optic upside is a potential boon to the city and the 120-square block district that is home to U.S. Bank Stadium - a part of downtown whose appearance and vibe is vastly different than the last time Minneapolis hosted the NFL's championship game in 1992.

A quarter century ago when Super Bowl XXVI was played at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome, the neighborhood around the stadium, now known as East Town, was 25 percent asphalt and vacant lots dedicated to parking. Outside of Vikings and Twins games, a few concerts, off-season ice skating and assorted community events, the action inside the dome was the main attraction. To say the Metrodome and its surrounds were underutilized is an understatement.

Today, East Town is a thriving, year-round live/work community and urban entertainment destination. By 2025, downtown Minneapolis will have seen $2 billion in public and private investment poured into housing, mixed-use commercial projects, new public transit, and green space - an intentional, thoughtful and massive redevelopment with the HKS-designed U.S.

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November 15: HKS Wins 2017 World Architecture Festival Award for Sport (Completed Projects)

Today in Berlin, HKS won the Sport category (completed projects) at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) for our design of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Known as the 'Oscars of architecture', WAF is in its 10th year, and attracts architects and design professionals from across the world to explore, debate and celebrate the built environment. A key feature of the festival is the awards program, which includes live judging. Competing architects have just 10 minutes to present their designs, and judging takes place in real time.

The finalists in each category then present to the 2017 Super Jury who select the winners of the 2017 World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year and Landscape of the Year awards. Finalists' presentations will be streamed live on the ArchDaily Facebook page. Winners will be interviewed by Dezeen, and the films will be available on the Dezeen site.

This year, three HKS projects were shortlisted:

US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (WINNER, Completed Projects: Sport), presented by Lance Evans Kuwait Children's Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait (Future Project: Health category), presented by Dan Flower Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Sweden (Completed Projects: Sport), presented by 3XN The judging panel comprised 100 architects and sector specialists from across the world.

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December 18: HKS Architects Limited : The Sensory Wellbeing Hub at Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep High School

For a moment, think back to your 15-year-old self and your typical day in high school. The school bell sounds, and instantly, sensory input comes at you from all angles: conversations and laughter ricochet through the hallways; lockers, doors and books slam shut. An accidental shoulder bump, olfactory overload and varying degrees of light and temperature - the mix of it all is mildly irritating for some, and can be utterly overwhelming for others.

Now imagine a teen with a developmental disability or autism in that same environment. Everyday commotion and sensory input impacts them in more profound ways and can result in behavioral problems, compounding their social interactions, communication difficulties or repetitive behaviors. It's stressful not only for these students, but also for their teachers, who are charged with helping them learn and manage themselves throughout a hectic day.

With one in every 68 children diagnosed with autism and one in six children diagnosed with a developmental disability (according to the CDC), we recognized an opportunity to serve a marginalized segment of our society. At Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, we created a place for diverse learners experiencing behavioral issues to recuperate, find equilibrium and return to the classroom, ready to re-engage.

January 05: HKS Selected to Design New Ballpark for Arlington

The Texas Rangers today announced that HKS, Inc., has been selected to design the new ballpark to be built in Arlington.

The new ballpark, which is being built as a public-private partnership between the City of Arlington and the Rangers, will not only be the team's new home but also a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue that will include capabilities for hosting high school, college and international sports as well as entertainment tours.

A nationally renowned sports and entertainment design firm, with its main headquarters in Dallas, HKS served as architect of record on the The Ballpark in Arlington (now Globe Life Park in Arlington), which opened in 1994.

"For us, the new Texas Rangers Ballpark development is very special. It carries its own rich identity based on a combination of tradition, heritage, character and ambition that will ultimately represent itself as the premier destination in North Texas," explained HKS' Bryan Trubey, executive vice president and principal designer on the project. "We are delighted to be part of this exciting new development that will impact not only the Texas Rangers and their fans, but the city of Arlington and the entire region for many years to come."

"HKS has an outstanding track record of designing iconic sports facilities, both in North Texas and around the country," said Rangers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rob Matwick.

January 03: HKS Architects Limited: HKS Selected to Reposition JCPenney Campus in Plano

HKS, Inc., the international design firm, today announced that it has been selected to reposition the JCPenney Headquarters in Plano, Texas by the general partner of the new ownership group, Opportunity Partners.

Dreien purchased the more than 1.8 million-square-foot campus and surrounding 45 acres of land from JCPenney and leased back 1.2 million square feet to the retailer. Dreien plans to optimize and lease the remaining square feet of office rentable space and sell the surrounding 45 acres of land for office, multifamily, condominiums, hotels and retail use.

Sam Ware, CEO and managing partner of Dreien states, "There is not another competing Class A corporate campus with this much contiguous space available in North Texas. The intersection of Highway 121 and the Dallas North Tollway is one of the most desired places for corporate relocations in the country."

Dreien renamed the complex The Campus at Legacy West, and plans to update the current facility and add amenities to set it apart from other corporate campuses. These amenities include an on-site daycare, an updated fitness center, a doctor, a dentist, a pharmacy and a florist. Plans also include expansion of the existing Starbucks and Subway spaces, refresh of existing food service and Work Cafe and adding space for leading beauty store experience.

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March 23: HKS Architects Limited: VCU Health ED Expansion and Renovation Receives Prestigious Vista Award

The project team for VCU Health Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation in Richmond, Virginia, received accolades for collaboration and teamwork as well as developing and maintaining safe, quality healthcare environments.

The team, including VCU Health; HKS, Inc.; WSP + ccrd; Dunbar, Milby, Williams, Pittman and Vaughan; and Barton Malow, were honored with a 2016 Vista Award, in the renovation category, from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the American Hospital Association (AHA). The awards were presented at the 2016 International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) in San Diego, California, March 20-23.

Since 1995, ASHE and AHA have given professionals an opportunity to gain national recognition for their design and construction initiatives through the Vista Awards program. The award recognizes the significance of collaboration in creating optimal healthcare environments. Each winning team has exemplified outstanding teamwork in all stages of their respective healthcare projects, from pre-planning to the final reveal.

"This is a special acknowledgement for HKS and VCU Health, as this is the second Vista Award we have won together, having been recognized as well for the VCU Health Critical Care Hospital in Richmond," explains Leslie Hanson, AIA, principal and HKS Richmond office director. "HKS is proud to have received 10 Vista Awards over the years for projects throughout the U.S. It confirms our long-term commitment to building project teams that work together to create outstanding healthcare facilities."

The renovation project at VCU Health's emergency department encompassed more than 67,000 square feet of space on the ground floor of the main hospital. The project was completed in four major phases spanning five years.

January 14: HKS Wins Certificate of Research Excellence for Study on Parametric Design

HKS received an inaugural Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Certificate of Research Excellence award for its field research and parametric analysis of a key medical-surgical unit.

This research study - conducted at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio - resulted in the development of new simulation software that allows human behavior to be simulated during the design process to base on not just walking distances but also walking sequences.

"Literature emphasizes the importance of the healthcare workplace and the effect on patient outcomes," said Steve Jacobson, principal, HKS, Inc. "What is lacking are studies conducted on-site and used for immediate application in design to assess and improve work conditions."

To generate data, a field research and simulation study was conducted in a 40-bed medical-surgical unit at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Online surveys, systematic behavioral observations, semistructured interviews, sound studies and advanced spatial analysis through parametric modeling were conducted. The tool developed is a design diagnostic that uses multiple methods and combines HKS' research expertise in field research and parametric analysis.

"Patterns were unfolded during the research," said Camila Moretti, AIA, ACHA, senior planner with HKS, Inc. "There is a distinct difference in beginning a day and night shift patterns and between walking distance and walking sequence."

The conclusion of the research study suggests hospitals should co-locate medications, supplies and nourishment in addition to providing accommodations to place work on wheels (mobile workstations). In addition, spatial and technological connectively between the care team and patients should be considered while designing a medical-surgical unit.

"Understanding the key activity sequences helps determine the proximity of spaces in relationship to patient rooms and each other," Moretti said.

"The research helped our leadership team at ProMedica see things we hadn't seen before," said Alison Smith Avendt, MBA, vice president of operations at ProMedica Toledo Hospital and president of ProMedica Transportation Network.

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May 23: Wickes Joins HKS as Mission Critical Practice Leader

Dutch Wickes' purpose is to provide HKS clients with design solutions that are economical and maintainable, to keep their investments safe, secure and operating 24/7, 365 days per year.

As associate principal, Wickes leads HKS' Mission Critical practice across all market sectors including healthcare, commercial, sports, hospitality and higher education. He brings over 35 years of experience in the industry, practicing architecture and engaging in executive leadership with electrical contracting firms.

His project portfolio includes the Microsoft MSN Data Center, a 500,000-square-foot data center in San Antonio, Texas. The project was one of the first of its kind housing Microsoft Cloud technology. He was part of the design-build team working on the Certified Tier IV Cumulus Data Center in Starkville, Mississippi. He also served as electrical contractor on the Digital Realty PBB 850 and 950 power-based buildings in Richardson, Texas.

"My experience with electrical contracting firms give me a unique perspective on how architecture supports the MEP/FP systems and connectivity that make up 80 percent of the building investment," Wickes said.

He is familiar with all forms of project delivery, including design-build and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

April 25: HKS First Architectural Firm to Join Research-Focused Center for Health Organization Transformation

CHOT is an industry-university cooperative research center (I/UCRC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and industry members. The organization is focused on producing major innovations in healthcare delivery - conducting research to support the implementation of evidence-based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations. Their research model relies on the knowledge and experience of healthcare leaders and practitioners to guide academic research.

"This cooperative model ensures that the research is both meaningful and applicable to the healthcare industry and provides immediate decision support for our CHOT industry members, such as HKS," said Dr. Bita Kash, director of NSF Center for CHOT.

"The involvement of facility design firms is important to this dialogue because the design and implementation of highly effective, innovative and evidence-based models of care will eventually translate into new requirements on effective use of space while engaged in these emerging models of care," Kash continued.

With a broad focus on models of cancer care, CHOT's Texas A&M team will explore how facilities can support precise and personalized medicine. The research will be conducted by Texas A&M students in public health and architecture and be overseen by Kash and Dr.

SECTION 7 HKS ARCHITECTS LIMITED TOP MANAGEMENT

Dan Noble, CEO & President

"Before a problem can be solved, it must be defined. Cohesive designs begin with a clear intention. We believe a rational exploration into a facility's needs and a wholly developed concept embraced by all team members will result in buildings that exude a sense of harmony and have an organic relationship with the site."

Ralph Hawkins, Chairman

"Leading the talented, highly skilled team at HKS is exciting and rewarding. It is my job to encourage and nurture our career-minded staff, involving them in the firm's vision for the future."

Ricardo Rondon, Managing Director

"As architects, we have a great challenge facing the future; economics are changing and our responsibility to our planet and future generations makes our profession more fascinating."

Nunzio DeSantis, Executive Vice President

"As architects, we strive for inventive and breathtaking design. I began my career on the commercial design side, which evolved into my current focus in the hospitality and leisure market. Our designs evoke emotion, passion and excitement, immersing guests in unique and natural environments while incorporating comfort and style. We believe that we are in a high-touch, high-services business and, as a collection of uniquely talented individuals, HKS provides our clients with a memorable and individualized design experience."

Craig Beale, Executive Vice President

"I have been blessed to lead a great organization that helps committed institutions around the world provide the highest quality of healthcare, while advancing the knowledge and practice of medicine and related fields. I can think of no more rewarding endeavor than to enhance the environments of those who have dedicated their lives to serving others."

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