Monthly Archives: August 2015

Week 10

I cannot believe that I have been at Hollis + Miller for 10 weeks now.. and that summer is over! But this internship has brought me so much more then learning small tricks in Revit and understanding the detailing language a little bit more. I think that the people and environment have really made this internship what it was. When I worked here over winter break last year I didn’t get to see enough of the firm to appreciate all of the work they continuously do to keep the amazing status. Being fully immersed in the working community helped me to get a glimpse of how great my work life after school can be.

With actual work this week it was a week of waiting. We were waiting to get into the new space of project we started the previous week. The existing building has three separate office spaces currently and one company is taking over the whole space. Eventually later in the week we were able to get into the space and measure everything we needed. I then created an as-built demolition plan in Revit to close our the week.  I wish I could have stayed longer to see this project play out. The specific clients we were talking with from the company had a different idea of how they wanted their new office space to be each time we met. I think it will be a challenging but rewarding project. I am interested in how to work with a client that can be stubborn or not have an open mind of all of the possibilities. I think that I am going to have to keep checking back to see how the progress is coming.

I am thankful for all of my experiences this summer and now I am even more excited to see how I can take this new knowledge back to school and how it will impact my future.


Miami Innovation Disctrict

I am not sure what to really think about this article. At a glance I think the concept of having an Innovation District, similar to a Silicon Valley of Florida, seems like a great pull to bring the city together towards one attraction. But as I look at the rendered design I am not sure if I like the complete technology feel of the exterior, an active skin. I think that architecture and design have completely advanced with new technology to be able to create more complex designs, but this building might be taking it a step too far for my liking.

The purpose of the mixed-use district is a success for the area. The article stated that Miami is a hub for beaches, culture, nightlife, art scene and technology. I think that this district will positively impact all of the above items. The building is also planned to have space for retail, office environments, living opportunities and performance and public spaces, a truly mixed-use building. I think the building is positive to be able to take advantage of the Miami weather and design large amounts of indoor/outdoor space.

Overall, I like the usage, but not the design. I am curious as to how the active skin will function. If one part has an issue will the whole area go down? Once one building experiments with actives skins a whole new area of technology in architecture will be introduced. I don’t think that I am familiar enough with futuristic technology to be able to feel comfortable with this design.


Nieminen, Robert. “Miami Innovation Disctrict.” Interiors & Sources. Stamats Communications, Inc., 1 Aug. 2015. Web. 5 Aug. 2015.

JE Dunn Kansas City Office

Hollis + Miller’s Design U at JE Dunn’s downtown KC office proved to help me fulfill quite a few requirements for my blog. The JE Dunn office was amazing. I think the main reason why I was drawn to the design in the beginning was because it’s modern design. This building was finished a few years ago. Most of the interior trends that are used are styles that are still very popular or are up and coming.

The shape and the layout of the building is very simple. It is simply three differently sized rectangles. Each different rectangle serves as a different area for use. I believe that this simple shape proves better then even a square because it decreases the chances of creating a cubicle maze for the employees. Three sectors provide the employees with different avenues of moment and usage. We were able to explore mostly the first floor although I wish I could have seen more of the building.



The finishes were all very industrial. The floor was a lighter wood shade, but the walls were very interesting. There were painted a black color but had perforated metal shields on them. These shields supported various job site and employee images. The images were lit by exposed track lighting. Splashes of color were also used as accent walls walking down the corridor. I think this was very important because I believe that each company’s office space should represent their brand. Company brands are becoming more important and are a great representation for clients that are guests in your building. One particular detail that I really enjoyed was the layout of the lighting. The surface mounted luminaries were places in more of a random pattern then in a specific grid. I believe that this helps with the flow of the room. It is not telling the user to walk in one specific direction at a particular speed. The lighting indicates that guests and employees can meander down the hallway at their own pace and direction enjoying the images on the walls.







This style of lighting also intrigued me because I have seen Hollis + Miller spec lighting very similar in some of our current projects. I was alway curious to see what it looked like once installed. I believe that for a corporate office space, this was the perfect usage for the main traffic hallway.

Another piece of the interiors that I loved were the bathrooms. It was hilarious because a group of girls walked in and the first thing we did was admire the design of the bathroom. It was different and more lively then I have ever seen. The walls had a bright blue and white subway tile with a large green painted cement column at the entrance. A glazed wall with a construction related graphic was also placed near the entrance.

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After seeing this new building and understanding more about the JE Dunn business, I believe that the interior of the building reflects the brand in a positive way. The interior has a very sleek industrial look to it with added pops of color and modernism added. These are the styles of projects I hope to work on. They get me excited to be able to get my hands on designing something similar and creating a design that allows employees to be proud of their brand and their company office.

Week 9

This week had an interesting spin on it. As opposed to working on projects that are nearing an end, I helped with a project that just began. This is a smaller scale office renovation project. Earlier this week was just the second meeting that we have had with the client. During the meeting we walked through their existing space trying to get a feel for how they currently work. We also photographed pieces of furniture that will be making the move. During the meeting that I attended we started to get a feel for what the client was looking for in their space. We did two different exercises that help us to gauge the feeling the client wants. The first exercise is called dot democracy. During this exercise we print out 20-30 precedent images on a single sheet of paper. The client then has 4 green dots and 2 red dots, they place the green on images they like and the red dots on images they do not like. Afterwards we ask them why they put the dots on the specific images. Usually it is because they liked one aspect of the design or a certain color used. The next exercise that we use is called the contrast study. In this we take several elements such as textural quality, sound quality, appearance, color an many more and create a scale between two opposite images. We ask the client to place a dot where they would like their new space to fall on the spectrum between the opposite images.

I enjoy doing these exercises with the clients because it puts more of a physical look on how their want their new space to be. The clients usually are not designers and don’t know the current design trends. With showing them images they are able to create their new office space in their head. These exercises also help people to voice their opinion. Anyone can say I like this image or I do not like this image, but when asked what you want your new space to look like, not everyone can answer.

This week a few reps took our interiors team our to Top Golf. It was my first time going to the new facility in Overland Park, and it was great! I love playing golf and it was a great atmosphere to get to know the reps and have more personal conversations. The set up is similar to a bowling ally, leading everyone to focus on one person hitting while everyone else can chat around the table.