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"Why you need a 'GOOD' Architect in your Life"

We play a very important role in our built environment, contributing to health, power, and pleasure as stated by John Ruskin, and becoming all too commonly used, the title Architect exists and is pasted on many a different job, areas of work and people. Our own design profession even struggles with it. We will try to bring a better understanding and Value to the term and our profession by guiding the readers across a broad spectrum of topics, beneficial uses and daily struggles that a GOOD Architect comes in handy...which is everything of course. Sprinkling in our work, notably press releases, and services along the way. We hope you enjoy, and at the very least, the content stirs the mind for compelling thoughts...


HHAE, going into its 128th year in architectural practice, has of course designed numerous building types in the residential market; single-family homes, apartment buildings, condominiums, etc. A Good Architect researches many factors pre-design, such as the client, location, demographic and economic factors to name a few. Therefore, it may seem like a no-brainer to design a seventy-seven (77) unit mixed-use building in the heart of Downtown Whiting, Indiana. Yet, staying true to the good architectural practices and researching project needs, our design strategy was adapted due to the drastic changes in people’s living and work environments. The solution was a simple one: to demonstrate flexibility, responsive, and iterative design process.

One of the most important steps in any design process is ideation. Ideation directly leads to development of solutions, which in our case, led to the design of nine (9) different one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts for condominiums in the developing city of Whiting. During this process, providing flexibility to the...


Early October 2020, rain delay and all, the Hanover Central Boys Tennis Team won their first ever Sectional Championship. For the last two (2) seasons they won their conference going undefeated, an impressive feat. Only a few years ago, the boy’s soccer team had only one (1) win for the season; the boys and girls now compete for Sectional Championships on a regular basis. So, what does this have to do with Architecture or being a Good Architect? Approximately four (4) years ago a project was completed at Hanover Central High School, transforming their Athletic environment for Tennis and Soccer.

HHAE used an innovative design for the Tennis courts creating clear practice walls for Tennis courts, with a coach’s box directly behind to be able to observe technique, film, etc. with a clear line of sight. Championship tennis courts were centered and staggered with new bleachers, scorebox building, masonry columns, bottle fill stations, scoreboards, lighting, and more for the players, coaches and public. The Soccer fields were redesigned...


Timeless creations, specifically Architecture in this post, have several factors that play a role in the historical nature of a building. A Good Architect is consciously and sub-consciously evaluating several of these factors when designing and only a limited few ever really have the opportunity and/or ability to execute a timeless piece of Architecture. Honesty, materiality, geometry and spatial relationships, adaptability, quality, belonging, are some of the qualities we may see in Good Design. HHAE was recently honored for a historic building, checking the boxes for Timeless Architecture; the Boone County Courthouse, located in Lebanon, Indiana and erected 1912, with a Tiger statue named “Hutton”. Natural proportions, thoughtful site placement, lasting materials, spatial volume, functionality, all played a part in the timeless design and the society role the building plays.

Standing the test of time, for over a century, a neo-classical architectural style building that sits in the town center as a prominent structure balancing the surrounding storefronts on each...

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Hutton & Hutton (HHAE) is celebrating their firm’s 125th anniversary in 2020. Established in 1895 with our main office located in Hammond, Indiana and satellite office in Chicago, Illinois with a lineage of 5 generations, William Hutton (4th Generation) and Justin Hutton (5th Generation) as leading Principals. The firm has enjoyed a long history of Architectural and Engineering success serving their Clients and working with renowned Professionals in their field. HHAE has several landmarks in the State of Indiana alone, one being the Boone County Courthouse, erected 1912, with the largest monolithic limestone columns in the United States.

Currently, we work across 9 states in various fields of design and our approach to providing solutions has resulted to substantial growth over the last decade. Specializing in healthcare, education, municipal, commercial and other areas, HHAE has acquired multiple awards in the field in the past few years; notably the ‘ENR Midwest Healthcare Best Project’ and design technology ‘Ones to Watch in the USA’.

We believe in the...

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A Good Architect can bring value to a multitude of scenarios. Our secret, which is not a surprise to most of our Clients, WE CARE. At some point in your life, you may have heard or even said the ‘we want something great, but economical’ in some shape or form. An Architect’s role can assist in generating revenue and/or other forms of return with Clients when needs arise that is of proven value that more than just good design.

Numerous healthcare buildings over the last 20+ years, have transitioned licenses with our assistance and expertise. Accounting for millions of dollars of increased revenue, per facility, depending on patient census. To date, with the CMS guidelines, we are continuing to assist facilities in planning for and upgrades to meet the current guidelines for hospital licensure. Along with that, review and solutions for any Authority having Jurisdiction (AHJ), such as JACHO, HFAP and other’s findings. Our code review and planning have given us the leverage required when helping Owners achieve success.

Making a Difference

We are excited to...

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Hearing catch phrases like ROI or Life Cycle has limited use if the design and building management opportunities do not coincide. Design costs are ~2% of the 30 year cost of a building, 2016, Whole Building Design Guide. Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA). Facility management assets and maintenance are typically the 2nd highest cost to a building, behind staff. The ability for Owners to capitalize on building data is here now and accessible, if you look in the right locations and ask the right questions. Over the past few years, we have had the privilege to speak at national conventions regarding technology and BIM utilization in the industry for better results. Our firm is driven to address these issues on the front end with Clients. BIM utilization can be addressed before, during or after a project; what we are saying is, it can be done during routine maintenance and does not have to coexist with a building project.

It is a tough sale though, as the new car smell of the catch-phrase ‘we use BIM…’ has worn off on the industry and can be quite a big bite to...


In todays world of Design, being engaged is just as important as style. Setting the “standard for Hybrid Operating Room Suites that will be used for future Projects” was a big accomplishment for the Project and users. Implementing the first Hybrid Operating Room at a Hospital for optimal functionality for current Doctors / Staff and to recruit future Doctors / Staff takes full engagement between the entire Project Team. Surgery and Imaging can be some of the most challenging spaces to contend with, especially in existing conditions. A Hybrid Operating Suite includes both of these functions, allowing Surgeons to perform procedures in a more collaborative setting, efficiently less invasive, setting the patient up for better results and quicker recovery times.

Holistic approach.

Several areas can set up a Team for failure; isocenter positioning, clearances for all equipment movement, air, vision, infection control, structure, accounting for users across multiple scenarios among naming a few…and trust us, there are a lot of other pitfalls that need to be accounted...