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St. Louis' HOK named one of world's most innovative companies

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Margaret McDonald

Fast Company magazine selected St. Louis-based global design firm HOK as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. The list honors businesses making a significant impact on both industry and culture.

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out businesses across 35 industries and every region, as well as judged nominations received through an application process.

The accolade recognizes HOK’s engineering team, which developed a parametric modeling and optimization tool called HOK STREAM™ that dramatically speeds up the design process. This tool combines several modeling and structural analysis programs and processes to generate a single, streamlined solution for optimizing a structure across multiple disciplines and based on expertise specific to that project type.

“We’re committed to continually pursuing innovative ways to advance our design processes and the solutions we create for cities, communities and people,” said Margaret McDonald, LEED AP, senior principal for HOK’s St. Louis practice, in a statement. “Fast Company’s recognition of HOK’s commitment to innovation through the development of our proprietary design tool STREAM is a nod to the culture we’ve worked hard to build. It’s a culture where exploration and discovery are encouraged and where creativity is leveraged to benefit our clients.”