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Piedmont Virginia Community College
Charlottesville, VA

Kluge-Moses Science Building

The new 34,000 sf Kluge-Moses Science Building allows PVCC to train health care professionals in the region with a variety of specialized laboratory and classroom resources. It houses state-of-the-art instructional laboratories for chemistry, biology, microbiology & biotechnology (with UVA hospital), gross anatomy and nursing that includes specialized spaces such as advanced simulation labs for radiography, nursing critical care, emergency medical services and surgical technology. ADA workstations have been fully integrated into the design of the student workstations in all teaching labs

We were the consulting lab planners for this project and provided laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Photographs by Eric Taylor İ EricTaylorPhoto.com








Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Robert H and Clarice Smith Building

This new building for the Wilmer Eye Institute provides new space for research, clinical and residency programs in ophthalmology. The facility is currently designed with five floors of flexible, open-design laboratories to support a variety of research programs. A five-story atrium will encourage interaction between researchers, provide a large gathering area for lectures and events, and will bring natural light into the laboratories and offices. Bridges across the atrium will connect laboratories and office suites, while transparent glass walls in the laboratories will provide a visual connection to the atrium and offices. Interactive spaces within and near the atrium will enhance a sense of community among Wilmer researchers.

We were the consulting lab planners for this project and provided laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.










The University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

Bioengineering and Medical Sciences Building

This new 300,000+gsf building complex (MR5 and MR6) is intended to relieve a shortfall of research space and to consolidate the entire biomedical engineering department under one roof. Other key elements include consolidation of the Pathology Department from several campus locations to co-locate much of their research and clinical space in a single location. Also included in this new building is the Cardiovascular Research Center, and Comparative Medicine which manages all vivarium spaces on the UVA Medical School campus.

We were the consulting lab planners for this project and provided laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.






George Washington University
Northern Virginia Campus

Solar Energy Research Lab Renovation

The lab is designed for the development of solar energy storage systems. An extensive overhead grid system enables development of novel solar simulation testing systems.

The renovated laboratory has new and upgraded MEP services, new casework and equipment, and provides flexible research laboratory space for Electrochemistry, Fuel Cell Testing, Solar Simulation, Optics, Spectroscopy and Fabrication.

We were the consulting lab planners for this 2000 gsf renovation project and provided laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.








The United States Geological Survey
Reston, Virginia

J W Powell Building

The J. W. Powell Headquarters Building in Reston, Virginia houses the Geologic Division and the Regional Water Resources Division of the U. S. Geological Survey. Included in these two divisions are the Eastern Mineral resources Survey Team, the Eastern Energy Resources Survey team, the Global Change/Hazards Team, the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Team, the Coastal and Marine Program, and the Bureau of Regional Research. Some specific goals identified include:

  • Will not exceed 6,500 nsm of laboratory and laboratory support space
  • Re-use, as much as possible, existing walls, columns, and shafts
  • Avoid excessively or individually planned or customized laboratories
  • Laboratory and laboratory support types include chemistry, wet instrument, dry instrument, dry prep, microscope, computer, mechanical, photographic, and biological.


We were the consulting lab planners for this 200,000 gsf renovation project and provided laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.






Acadia University
Nova Scotia, Canada

Centre for Life Sciences: Botanical Research Centre

This state-of-the-art building is dedicated to the environmental research of the Acadia ecosystem. Included in this research building are nine research greenhouse spaces, student research, faculty research for plant genetics and plant physiology, growth chambers, a conservatory, fern house, herbarium storage, a monitoring garden, and storage and display of the Universityıs zoological collection. In addition, this new complex includes an auditorium, seminar rooms, offices and other support spaces needed to complement the Universityıs research efforts.

The following is quoted from the Acadia University Web Site: "The new Centre for Life Sciences will be a focal point of creative, interdisciplinary learning and research. The talents and ideas of the world's leading architects and most innovative laboratory designers - Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York, and SST Planners of Washington DC- will make the new complex the most productive learning environment imaginable to support the development and sharing of knowledge in the life sciences. The building will complement the advanced Environmental Sciences, Research Centre and Campus Meeting Place, and will link to Acadia's network of coastal field stations. Together, this critical mass of infrastructure will provide the analytical and laboratory tools necessary to support the teaching and research needs of faculty, and the learning needs of students. The design of the new Centre for Life Sciences embodies the latest thinking in laboratory design and is driven by the following 21st century principles:

  • The facility will be designed to maximize flexibility
  • Accessibility will be a key design feature
  • The design will facilitate students' participation in primary research by designating space to support their work
  • The facility and the Academy will foster and support interaction among faculty and students in an interdisciplinary mode of operation
  • The new complex will be a "green" facility, maximizing use of renewable materials and utilizing systems which will minimize life-cycle costs."

We were the consulting lab planners for this 56,000+ gsf project and provided laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration. We also recently provided upgrades to several selected labs to improve utilization.
Photographs are courtesy of RAMSA







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