Hghb Architects: Scates Kenneth

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  • 9699 Blue Larkspur Ln # 201

    Monterey, CA 93940

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  • 831-375-9594

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The original review was published on another website in April, 2008 and applies to both partners, Scates and Korchek. It is republished here to warn potential clients of the risks of hiring either architect.

April, 08: Arrogant and

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The original review was published on another website in April, 2008 and applies to both partners, Scates and Korchek. It is republished here to warn potential clients of the risks of hiring either architect.

April, 08: Arrogant and

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The original review was published for Hghb Architects in April, 2008 and applies to both partners, Scates and Korchek. Therefore, it is republished here to warn potential clients of the risks of hiring either architect.

Original Review (April, 2008): Arrogant and incompetent. Stay away from these guys. They claim to be golf clubhouse specialists, yet their design placed the swimming pool easily in the range of errant golfers. Wedding guests entered next to the dumpster. The general contractor bid $20M for the 1st design on a budget the architect set at $12M. They wasted $500K getting the bid down to $20M. For another $750K, they came up with a 2nd design for $15M that screws the members paying for it. Their picture should be in the dictionary next to negligence and incompetent.

Update (February, 2009): The construction is complete and as predicted, the clubhouse designed by these architects is simply bad. The main feature is a long, dark dungeon like hallway. The exterior is ugly. The interior is closed, dark and fails to support the club's needs. There was a Grill Room in the old building where everyone gathered to eat, drink and socialize. Scates replaced it with a bar that's too small, too noisy, and oriented in the wrong direction as it restricts the terrific view. The casual dining area isolates people and the fine dining is used mostly by the employees on their breaks. The building is sited badly wasting crucial and very limited land around the clubhouse. And contrary to the general contractor's opinion in September, 2008, the architect screwed the members with a building that won't attract new members while adding a heavy debt on the existing ones. Meeting the needs of the client, not the general contractor, is the first priority of the architect. This architect is simply bad, really bad. Stay away.

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★☆☆☆☆

The original review was published for Hghb Architects in April, 2008 and applies to both partners, Scates and Korchek. Therefore, it is republished here to warn potential clients of the risks of hiring either architect.

Original Review (April, 2008): Arrogant and incompetent. Stay away from these guys. They claim to be golf clubhouse specialists, yet their design placed the swimming pool easily in the range of errant golfers. Wedding guests entered next to the dumpster. The general contractor bid $20M for the 1st design on a budget the architect set at $12M. They wasted $500K getting the bid down to $20M. For another $750K, they came up with a 2nd design for $15M that screws the members paying for it. Their picture should be in the dictionary next to negligence and incompetent.

Update (February, 2009): The construction is complete and as predicted, the clubhouse designed by these architects is simply bad. The main feature is a long, dark dungeon like hallway. The exterior is ugly. The interior is closed, dark and fails to support the club's needs. There was a Grill Room in the old building where everyone gathered to eat, drink and socialize. Scates replaced it with a bar that's too small, too noisy, and oriented in the wrong direction as it restricts the terrific view. The casual dining area isolates people and the fine dining is used mostly by the employees on their breaks. The building is sited badly wasting crucial and very limited land around the clubhouse. And contrary to the general contractor's opinion in September, 2008, the architect screwed the members with a building that won't attract new members while adding a heavy debt on the existing ones. Meeting the needs of the client, not the general contractor, is the first priority of the architect. This architect is simply bad, really bad. Stay away.

Pros: None

Cons: Arrogant, Incompetent, Wasteful, Negligent

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I was surprised to read the review above dated 04/09/2008 entitled "Bad Architect", as my experience with HGHB has proven that they are a very professional, and very talented, architectural firm. I feel obliged to respond to this review in order to defend the honor of HGHB, as I was the general contractor on the noted project through both design processes, as well as through construction. It must be noted that the individual providing the anonymous review has been grossly misinformed.

To quickly recap the comments noted in the review:
- The location of a new pool in the original design resulted from site constraints rather than the actions of the architect.
- The issue with the dumpster location was an existing condition which was remedied with the new design.
- The comparison numbers noted for construction are incorrect.

I am not of the opinion that the current design and related construction costs "screw the members paying for it," as the members will be receiving a very nice facility when it is completed in the Fall of 2008. HGHB is a great architectural firm and should be commended for their commitment to the design of this project, as well as their professional manner in which they conduct their business.

If the individual writing the review in question would like to maintain their professional title, they would do the honorable thing and contact the architect directly to discuss their concerns, or at least be sure their facts are straight before anonymously lambasting a good architect.

Feel free to contact me at any time to discuss the qualities of HGHB Architects.

Jared Bogaard
Executive Vice President
Bogard Construction, Inc.
831-426-8191

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★★★★★

I was surprised to read the review above dated 04/09/2008 entitled "Bad Architect", as my experience with HGHB has proven that they are a very professional, and very talented, architectural firm. I feel obliged to respond to this review in order to defend the honor of HGHB, as I was the general contractor on the noted project through both design processes, as well as through construction. It must be noted that the individual providing the anonymous review has been grossly misinformed.

To quickly recap the comments noted in the review:
- The location of a new pool in the original design resulted from site constraints rather than the actions of the architect.
- The issue with the dumpster location was an existing condition which was remedied with the new design.
- The comparison numbers noted for construction are incorrect.

I am not of the opinion that the current design and related construction costs "screw the members paying for it," as the members will be receiving a very nice facility when it is completed in the Fall of 2008. HGHB is a great architectural firm and should be commended for their commitment to the design of this project, as well as their professional manner in which they conduct their business.

If the individual writing the review in question would like to maintain their professional title, they would do the honorable thing and contact the architect directly to discuss their concerns, or at least be sure their facts are straight before anonymously lambasting a good architect.

Feel free to contact me at any time to discuss the qualities of HGHB Architects.

Jared Bogaard
Executive Vice President
Bogard Construction, Inc.
831-426-8191

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Original Review (April, 2008): Arrogant and incompetent. Stay away from these guys. They claim to be golf clubhouse specialists, yet their design placed the swimming pool easily in the range of errant golfers. Wedding guests entered next to the dumpster. The general contractor bid $20M for the 1st design on a budget the architect set at $12M. They wasted $500K getting the bid down to $20M. For another $750K, they came up with a 2nd design for $15M that screws the members paying for it. Their picture should be in the dictionary next to negligence and incompetent.

Update (February, 2009): The construction is complete and as predicted, the clubhouse designed by these architects is simply bad. The main feature is a long, dark dungeon like hallway. The exterior is ugly. The interior is closed, dark and fails to support the club's needs. There was a Grill Room in the old building where everyone gathered to eat, drink and socialize. Scates replaced it with a bar that's too small, too noisy, and oriented in the wrong direction as it restricts the terrific view. The casual dining area isolates people and the fine dining is used mostly by the employees on their breaks. The building is sited badly wasting crucial and very limited land around the clubhouse. And contrary to the general contractor's opinion in September, 2008, the architect screwed the members with a building that won't attract new members while adding a heavy debt on the existing ones. Meeting the needs of the client, not the general contractor, is the first priority of the architect. This architect is simply bad, really bad. Stay away.

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★☆☆☆☆

Original Review (April, 2008): Arrogant and incompetent. Stay away from these guys. They claim to be golf clubhouse specialists, yet their design placed the swimming pool easily in the range of errant golfers. Wedding guests entered next to the dumpster. The general contractor bid $20M for the 1st design on a budget the architect set at $12M. They wasted $500K getting the bid down to $20M. For another $750K, they came up with a 2nd design for $15M that screws the members paying for it. Their picture should be in the dictionary next to negligence and incompetent.

Update (February, 2009): The construction is complete and as predicted, the clubhouse designed by these architects is simply bad. The main feature is a long, dark dungeon like hallway. The exterior is ugly. The interior is closed, dark and fails to support the club's needs. There was a Grill Room in the old building where everyone gathered to eat, drink and socialize. Scates replaced it with a bar that's too small, too noisy, and oriented in the wrong direction as it restricts the terrific view. The casual dining area isolates people and the fine dining is used mostly by the employees on their breaks. The building is sited badly wasting crucial and very limited land around the clubhouse. And contrary to the general contractor's opinion in September, 2008, the architect screwed the members with a building that won't attract new members while adding a heavy debt on the existing ones. Meeting the needs of the client, not the general contractor, is the first priority of the architect. This architect is simply bad, really bad. Stay away.

Pros: None

Cons: Arrogant, Incompetent, Wasteful, Negligent

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