WORKING WITH HRIVNAK ASSOCIATES

Our Architectural practice is about you - and like a priceless gem, you have many facets. It is our desire to get to know you, your needs and bring together all of the elements that go into creating memorable, responsive Architecture.
You have aesthetic tastes. You have financial parameters. You have various functional needs. You have a unique site or existing structure. Bringing all of that together is much like composing a symphony - there are lots of instruments that, if brought together well, create emotional responses. Goethe says, "Architecture is frozen music". We endeavor to bring all of the facets from sculpture, form and structure to energy conservation and function into an alignment that is "just right" for your unique needs. We are not designing for awards from other architects (although we have some). We are not designing for ourselves (although in process of designing our next home). We won't live in your home or building - you will.

Thus, part of our philosophy is to set aside our ego (architects have those - they went into a profession that creates monuments to themselves) - which comes with maturity - and focusing on you and your needs.

We are arguably better positioned to respond to the many inputs as we solve simultaneous equations that encompass site, finance, real estate, psychology, architecture, engineering, interiors, light, sound, energy, maintenance, views, and construction technologies. How? My particular background is more Renaissance man than singularly an Architect-geek (although that's one facet). In addition to being a licensed professional Architect, I am LEED certified (conscious of energy saving and sustainability), have an MBA in finance (sensitive to budgets and able to help with creative financing solutions), worked as a licensed realtor (aware of ways to leverage more value and positioning of your assets), serve as an Adjunct Professor (in both business and architecture programs and thus intellectually stimulated by fresh ideas and always bringing the joy of learning to the process, welcoming all stakeholders including kids in the process), former Pastor for a large retirement community (helping me gain more insights into our specialty of design for aging-in-place, universal design and design for special needs/care facilities), former professional singer (sensitive to acoustics as well as the importance of "theme", "transitions/blending" and "harmony/repetition in translating those things into architecture.

A.B.C. ARCHITECT BEFORE CONTRACTOR

Project Management:

Project manager for Annie Jeffrey Memorial Hospital.  Role included operations analysis (found approximately $200K operational savings that could go to debt service), facilitating creative financing (two layers of credit enhancement that brought the interest rate down to about 4%), concept design to indicate how existing wing could be used structurally while changing functions, concept design to maintain operations and build “hard” spaces (engineering intensive) as new space for greater efficiency.

Project manager for SouthWest Health Center’s retirement facility upgrade including facilitation of strategic plan update, existing facility analysis and feasibility studies.

Design:

Concept re-design to an $8M project to accommodate all functions in a facility that would cost half as much. This enabled the client to finally implement their capital improvement project after years of being stalled.

2.  Design of an educational facility that creatively used codes to save over $100,000 in construction and negotiating with the local power company to provide free three phase power access.

3.  Design of a retirement facility on a tight sight in Phoenix that provided identifiable stages of wellness, protection for residents who may be at risk as wanderers and a central plant to handle all areas.

Business Development:

1.  Research, reconnaissance, authoring of RFP, development and delivery of interview presentation and successful negotiation to win a $300 million dollar addition/remodel of an institutional project in Winston-Salem, NC.
2.  Managed staff of writers, artists, photographers serving as marketing support department for A/E firm of 2400 staff around the country.

Financing:

1.  Creation of concept to provide covering currency risk and payment risks for $1B Saudi project.
2.  Creation of cash management approaches that resulted in an incremental $3M in the first year of implementation.
3.  Assisting not-for-profit owners in evaluating financing alternatives to optimize their resources. 

“Green building” experience:

1.  Began study toward LEED AP designation.
2.  Have attended a number of seminars focusing on this topic for continuing education units.
3.  Role with TPMg limited in regard to “sustainable” approaches other than promoting “green” design and working with team to develop sustainable solutions.
4.  Creative, inexpensive solution to recovering warm air along ceiling of industrial building and redistributing that warm air to lower elevations resulting in several thousands of dollars in utility savings.
5.  Creative financing solution to getting central plant of $10M funded “off balance sheet” enabling an institutional client to use that amount for other revenue generating functions. 

Example of multidiscipline teamwork:

1.  Founder and initiator of “The Critical Access Group”, a consortium of strategic alliance partners structured to serve a specific market niche within a specific geography for a specified time.  Obtained input from industry leaders in formation of group that aided in credibility toward sales.  Developed “reverse marketing” approach that asked potential clients to apply for consideration by providing information and a nominal fee.  Results:  Five projects signed up in short time frame, minimal fee pressure, and a work backlog.
2.  Structured development team for retirement facility in Wisconsin that included property condition survey, market and financial feasibility studies, A/E services and design/build delivery.  

Technical diversity and software knowledge:

1.  Background in architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering via education and experience in working with multidiscipline teams.
2.  Familiarity with Microsoft Office software.

Our practice is about you - specializing in Architecture that combines our love of design and our love of people - thus our specialization in Architecture with heart. We have been in business since 1991 and have worked with clients in over 40 states as well as internationally.

You might be our kind of client if... if it would be OK with you if the process was incremental and you maintain full control, if it would be OK with you if the process was participative with you involved as a key design team member, if it would be OK with you if you surrounded yourself with experienced, trusted advice to help avoid costly construction over-runs. You might be our kind of client if you are both analytical and emotional - you maintain awareness of the realities of time and money while paying attention to creating the emotions you want to feel in each space. You might be our kind of client if you wish to live in your home or building for years to come and want to be able to age-in-place or are simply compassionate enough to want to create (usually covert) universal design so that all can experience your home with ease.

When you want a complicated process with a host of challenges to be a process whose hallmarks are those of being able to experience this adventure with clarity, focus, ease and grace - you have found your Architect.