CH2M HILL artist gains recognition

December 12, 2012 - Congratulations to Sandra Pearce, who continues to gain recognition and awards for her artwork. Sandra is a Project Assistant at our Hillsboro, Oregon project site.

In August Sandra's painting "Springtime In Portland, Oregon" was named "Outstanding Watercolor" in the BoldBrush painting competition sponsored by Fine Art Studio Online, an organization which helps artists promote their work.

Sandra Pearce by her artwork

Then Sandra learned that her work received a distinguished "recommended to collectors" designation by Informed Collector, which makes its recommendations from artists who excel in painting competitions.

Informed Collector said Sandra's talent for "Lively colors, engaging details, and a sense of crispness in the air, combine to create polished watercolors with depth and soul."

"I love to learn, and even more so in watercolor," says Sandra. "My year has been sprinkled with painting workshops, gleaning all the knowledge that I can absorb from other, more established artists. Some were in watercolor, color, expression, and plein air. In fact, three different plein air classes were with oil painters. Yes, oil painters!

"I may have been the only watercolorist in the class, but I was there for the seeing, interpreting and expressing of my interpretation — not the particular medium itself. How happy I was, that these artists also saw past the medium, and were still adept at critiquing and offering suggestions for my work.

"I am always so appreciative of other artists who have become successful, and are willing to share what has taken them many years to learn. They do not keep secrets from those who are up and coming; they offer a leg up. And I thank them for that."

You can browse through Sandra's paintings and read narratives accompanying the images at www.SandraPearce.com.

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CH2M HILL presentation at annual women engineers conference promotes effective leadership traits

December 12, 2012 - I&AT Semiconductor Market Senior VP Cathy Myers was invited to speak at the WE12 Annual Conference for Women Engineers November 8-10 in Houston, Texas. The conference was sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers.

Cathy's presentation was titled "Executive Leadership Teams—How to Be a Better Member."

The presentation centered on the theme that there's a significant difference between being a member of a leadership team and being an "agent of change" actively shaping a leadership team's influence.

The characteristics of effective executive leadership teams that Cathy explored really apply to any leadership structure requiring teamwork, mutual respect and individual initiative.

Cathy included an analysis of seven key characteristics of an effective board and techniques for applying those characteristics to achieve effective executive leadership. Those characteristics are:

  • Diversity – a board should reflect different talents, skills, experience, interest and social backgrounds.
  • Strong Committees – they get charges from the full board, study issues, examine alternatives and come back with recommendations.  Good committees follow through on assignments from their board.
  • Rapport – members should show mutual respect, regardless of differences of opinion, and maintain productive working relationships with others.
  • Sensitivity – members are representative of and sensitive to different constituencies and viewpoints.
  • Strength – board is strong enough to achieve effective policy decisions.
  • Technical Expertise – board maintains representation from the community and recommends contributors who can provide technical information.
  • Member Involvement – members should demonstrate a high degree of interest in their roles and responsibilities and demonstrate genuine concern about the organization's goals, problems and prospects.

Cathy analyzed the four types of personalities that emerge as individuals participate on a team:

  • Craftsman - the person providing technical expertise to the team.  This individual may be focused on gathering and assessing data for decisions and may be more uncomfortable in the discussion of vision.
  • Organizer - this type may be focused on maintaining order and keeping the group on track.  Organizers tend to be most reluctant to moving in a different direction - change averse.
  • Warrior - the individual who develops and implements the tactics necessary to achieve the mission of the team.
  • Gamesman - this is often the individual who can pull it all together—able to embrace a vision and understand a strategy to achieve it.

Some of the tips for good leadership that Cathy shared with her audience:

  • Develop Timelines: Assess time and level of effort to perform a task
  • Leverage existing baselines to forecast time and effort
  • Get input from others as a "sanity check"
  • Test for alignment with "The Big Picture"
  • Which actions best support my larger organization's goals?
  • Ask "If I ran this company, what would I pay someone to work on?"
  • Prioritize actions based on level of effort vs. expected impact

Cathy emphasized that executive leadership skills work best in an environment that recognizes the strengths each member contributes to a team. That basic attitude of recognition and respect enables each individual to be a more productive contributor to any team's overall effectiveness.

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I&C engineer presents on systems engineering modeling tools for industry & university audience

December 3, 2012 - I&AT instrument & controls engineer James Godfrey was part of a recent expert panel discussion on modeling of software-intensive systems. James focused on how CH2M HILL's advanced skills in modeling benefit our clients by providing an additional tool set to describe system details visually.

The panel was sponsored by the Cascade Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and hosted by Portland State University Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

James' presentation focused on Unified Modeling Language™ (UML™),a visual modeling language used for specifying software-intensive systems and Systems Modeling Language (SysML), a modeling language for systems engineering applications.

UML is the industry standard for modeling software-intensive systems; a graphical language that's been standardized to make understanding of these systems more accessible to more users.

Modeling speeds the process of defining requirements for a client's hardware and software and then designing and validating systems that meet those requirements.

For example, for one of our clients that manufactures laundry detergent products, modeling quickly revealed ways to streamline definition of the client's process requirements. For another client producing specialty chemicals, modeling sped and smoothed the systems design process by bridging language gaps between the different nationalities working on the project.

James' audience at the INCOSE event included representatives from the Portland State University's System Engineering program, electronics manufacturers and advanced technology organizations. A couple of attendees expressed interest in getting copies of James' presentation.

For more information about visual modeling approaches such as UML and SysML for systems engineering applications, contact James Godfrey in the Portland office.

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"Sustainability Month" promotes green thinking for Mexico City CH2M HILL staff, clients

November 26, 2012 - In October CH2M HILL's Mexico City office celebrated "Sustainability Month" with a number of outreach activities for CH2M HILL staff and clients.

The effort was led by Mexico City staff Olivia Ochoa, Ana Sofía Montes, Patricia Zaldivar, Sergio Fuentes, Luis Marquez, Carlo Orsenigo and Rodolfo Díaz with support from Denis Bacon and Shuki Einstein.

Sustainability Month centered around 3 main activities:

  • Deliver an endemic plant to all MXC employees -- a "green gift" reminder of sustainability's importance in our daily lives.
  • A series of conferences to help our employees learn about and get involved in sustainability issues.
  • A sustainability-oriented photo contest with the theme "For a Better World."   The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners received books by architectural firm Taller 13, "Alma México" and "Un primer paso NICOLAS SAN JUAN Edificio ecológico en la Cd. De México." 

The main purpose of the conferences was to support a "green conscience" in the CH2M HILL MXC community and to expose employees to different aspects of sustainable thinking. The office brought in some guest speakers including:

  • Osvaldo Gonzalez, who helped kick off Sustainability Month with a history and overview of the sustainability movement.
  • The Taller 13 architecture firm to speak about integration of teams and procedures to implement sustainable solutions and describe an important initiative to open up the piped rivers that run through Mexico City (this project is called Regeneration of Viaducto Rio de la Piedad).
  • Professor Hermilo Salas from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) who talked about Origin, the process and future of the concept of sustainable development and its importance in a company.
  • A representative from Revitaliza Consultants, who gave an overview of the LEED sustainable building design program.

The office formed a study group to consider how LEED sustainability principles can be promoted in the workplace as well as in the daily lives of CH2M HILL employees. They created a proposal of approaches to create sustainability awareness and disseminate information throughout the office.

To reinforce the different categories of LEED awareness, some additional resources were brought in to share their thinking:

  • Sustainable Sites and Material and Resources: environmental consulting firm SIGEA to talk about PCES, a national program to certify sustainable projects in México.
  • Water Efficiency: sustainable manufacturer HELVEX, to show green products and how to use and install them in different projects.
  • Energy and Atmosphere: presentations on wind power by project manager Ruben Cortina and principles of sunlight and solar gain by architect Paula Huerta.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: A representative from Trane to talk about HVAC products.

To encourage participation, Sustainability Month was supported with weekly emails to all office staff to explain the purpose and importance of the campaign. Project managers were encouraged to share news about Sustainability Month activities with clients and invite their participation. Attendance of Sustainability Month conferences was counted to earn credits for CH2M HILL's My Learning online learning management system.

The efforts to spread the word paid off. Live conferences attracted average attendance of 20 to 30 participants and 70 to 80 more who attended via web meeting. As the month progressed, word spread about the various activities and participation levels increased.

The participation and enthusiasm this event generated made it clear that interest in sustainability is high in our Mexico City office. The Sustainability Month organizers plan to follow up with an ongoing campaign of environmental education and outreach.

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IDC Architects Introduces First-Of-Kind Data Center Site Analysis Model at Annual Real Estate Development Forum

DENVER, November 26, 2012 – At a recent data center industry forum, CH2M HILL's IDC Architects introduced a new Data Center Site Analysis Model for data center owners believed to be the first of its kind in the industry. The economic model was created to help data center owners more wisely choose locations for new data center developments. It forecasts costs and long-term economic returns on investment associated with individual prospective sites.

Director of Consulting Adam Youngbar at the podium during our panel presentation at the Information Management Network Forum

The event was the 3rd Annual Information Management Network Forum on Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centers in Santa Clara, California.

The new IDC Architects tool was demonstrated during a session chaired by two CH2M HILL data center experts titled "Growing Your Data Center Footprint: What and Where Are the Choices? How Do We Decide?"

The session chairs were CH2M HILL Director of Consulting Adam Youngbar and Director of Energy Modeling Strategies Andy Solberg. Panel participants included Craig Harrison, Founder of Niobrara Data Center Energy Park in Colorado; Stanley Singh, Executive Director of Excite Corporation; and Mats Andersson, Marketing Director of Lefdal Mine Data Center in Norway.

CH2M HILL's experience with data center developments over the years has revealed that the data center site selection process is often influenced by subjective factors such personal preference, economic development incentives or overly optimistic economic projections.

The new IDC Architects Data Center Site Analysis Model avoids such pitfalls by offering a more comprehensive and objective means of evaluating potential data center sites. To improve the accuracy of forecasting site favorability factors, the tool integrates data in a variety of critical analytical categories.

This multi-variable approach measures the impact of site location on a data center's Net Present Value cost and environmental performance. It calculates the impact site choices have on a project's schedule and ability to be sustainable, evaluates options to incorporate energy production on site, factors in potential public and private incentives related to sites and other key decision-making drivers. The tool also evaluates such data center sustainability site factors as carbon usage (CUE), water usage (WUE) and power usage (PUE). The tool is designed to perform in multi-country site comparison scenarios.

The presenters related how this model has performed for two projects represented in this event's panel, the Niobrara Data Center Energy Park and Lefdal Mine Data Center. Both projects involve highly innovative renewable energy approaches for data center development; Niobrara because of its involvement of solar, wind and Microgrid technologies and Lefdal because of its unique placement of data center servers in a former mine naturally cooled by underground air and water from a nearby fjord.

For information on the new site analysis model and how it might be of value to your project, contact Jeff Cross in our Portland office, jeff.cross@ch2m.com.

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IDC Architects to Present on Mega Data Center Conversion Trend at Major Data Center Industry Conference

DENVER, November 13, 2012 – IDC Architects made a November 12 presentation at the 2012 7X24 Exchange Fall Conference, a prominent event for those who design, build and operate data centers. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

The IDC Architects presentation titled "Current Success Model for Conversion of Outdated Manufacturing Facilities Into Mega Data Centers" revealed details about a project regarded as a model of a growing trend toward conversion of former manufacturing facilities into data centers. The presentation was made at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona.

The presenters combined seasoned data center design experts from IDC Architects and the owner's perspective of industry expert Simon Tusha, developer of the groundbreaking Eugene Technology Center and a key contributor to previous data center technology "breakthrough moments" in his roles as the former Chief Technology Officer for Quality Technology Services (QTS), Strategic Negotiator of Development for Google and data center projects involving such prominent firms as JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and Deutsche Bank.

Mr. Tusha presented details on his current Eugene Technology Center project, the conversion of a former Hynix semiconductor manufacturing in Eugene, Oregon into a mega multitenant data center of nearly 1 million square feet.

Co-presenters were IDC Architects Director of Critical Environments Sig Anderson and Principal Mechanical Engineer Dave Seger.

The presentation outlined a "recipe for success" for conversion of buildings into data centers, including analysis of the various steps necessary to assess and implement a cost-effective building conversion strategy. Subjects covered included due diligence analysis, environmental site assessment, permitting, regulatory assessment and approaches that data center owners can use to create strategic repurposing plans to direct their own successful conversion processes.

The IDC Architects presenters drew from their experience in designing a number of conversions of former advanced technology manufacturing facilities into latest-generation data centers. These range from expansions of under 100,000 square feet to large-scale conversions such as a current IDC Architects repurposing of a multi-building, 1+ million-square-foot manufacturing campus into a mega data center.

The presentation explored the "sustainable repurposing" trend growing in popularity among science and technology building owners seeking to refurbish aging buildings with lower cost and environmental impact that building new structures would entail.

For information on the IDC Architects presentation, contact Jennifer McCarty at Jennifer.McCarty@ch2m.com, 503-224-6040.

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CH2M HILL to Present at Annual ISPE Meeting on Lean Manufacturing Strategies for Chinese Pharmaceutical & Biotech Manufacturing Facilities

DENVER, November 7, 2012 – CH2M HILL VP-Director of Lean Consulting Dennis Stamm will make a presentation on "Lean Manufacturing in China" at the annual meeting of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com) is a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

The presentation is scheduled for Sunday, November 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco, California from 15.45-16.25 GMT.

ISPE is a society of 22,000 professionals in 90 countries involved in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and related products.

The presentation will review priority considerations and solutions for designing, operating and qualifying manufacturing facilities in China used to manufacture products for sale to the US and Europe. This is considered a topic particularly critical to the pharmaceutical industry, whose products must meet stringent quality standards in order to be exportable to global markets.

Mr. Stamm's presentation on lean manufacturing in China will be based on findings from CH2M HILL's design and construction of numerous pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and other projects in China over many years.

His presentation is part of an ISPE education session titled "Manufacturing Facility Design for Global Organizations" that will include co-presenters Andreas Bahne, Project Director of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma Co., Ltd. in China; Robert Chew, President/CEO, Commissioning Agents, Inc., USA; Simon Chalk, Director of BioPhorum, UK; and Bikash Chatterjee, President & CTO of Pharmatech Associates, USA.

The presentation will analyze approaches for designing and constructing pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturing facilities that satisfy regional regulatory requirements while complying with rigorous regulations imposed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, European Union and World Health Organization. A related focus topic will be helping participants anticipate the unique operating considerations, design solutions and process utility design requirements needed to effectively operate such advanced technology facilities in the China.

For information on attending this November 11 presentation, contact Jennifer McCarty at Jennifer.Mccarty@ch2m.com, 503-224-6040.

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CH2M HILL Architects Promote Sustainable Design Thought Leadership Through Eco Expedition & Eco Conference

DENVER, November 2012 – Recent presentations by CH2M HILL architects offer examples of how a sustainable design ethos is influencing architectural thought leadership at philosophical as well as tangible levels.

For CH2M HILL Urban Designer and Infrastructure Architect James McGrath, a July expedition to remote Amazon jungles reaffirmed his reliance on natural ecosystems for inspiration of new architectural forms. James recently shared photos and an account of his experiences with colleagues in the professional design community.

James spent a week exploring the jungles of Brazil with a Corporate Eco Forum team of 15 explorers from such Fortune 500 companies as Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, Bayer, Kimberly Clark, Dow, Dell and Johnson & Johnson. James found the Amazon's overwhelming biological diversity a source of provocative professional inspiration.

He related a story of British architect Joseph Paxton, who gazed in wonder at a giant water lily during his own visit to the Amazon. The lily's intricate skeletal structure inspired Paxton's design of the Crystal Palace at London's Hyde Park, and went on to shape many of modern architecture's forms.

James extrapolated Paxton's epiphany to the present day.

"The interconnected solutions that the Amazon represents can be a template for creating similar interlocked solutions in high-performance urban eco-districts – the relationship between energy, water, waste infrastructure and buildings/uses can replicate the same zero-sum system of the rainforest. This is the time for us to move beyond discrete sustainable creations -- a sustainable building, sustainable street, etc.

"We need to jump scales to regarding sustainable districts as parts of a human settlement integrated with a natural settlement, with all those pieces working together harmoniously."

In reflecting on ideas conveyed at his ECB presentation, Jeff observes "The built environment either empowers people or frustrates them."

"Carnegie Mellon University now has a whole department on Human/Computer Interaction. This is a focus on how people interact with computers, rather than the technical aspects of how computers compute. This is why Apple is the most successful company on the planet today; not because they have better hard drives or processors, but because they have better design regarding Human/Computer Interaction.

"There's a corollary here to the way we design buildings. Effective space utilization depends on us finding intelligent ways to understand and focus on the building's spatial network as much as the building's elements and systems; and on how the spaces enables human activity by understanding the social/cultural dimensions which are less apparent than the physical aspects. Architecture can be thought of as Human/Environment Interaction.

"Our attitude is to remember that beauty should not be confused with luxury; delightful human-centered environments can be created within a variety of budgets."

To view James McGrath and Jeff Murray commenting on these ideas, here are links to videos of James at James' Youtube and Jeff at Jeff's YouTube.

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IDC Architects Mountbatten Nanotechnology Project Wins 3rd AIA Award for Design Excellence

DENVER, October 22, 2012 – IDC Architects has received its third American Institute of Architects (AIA) award for the company's design of a research facility for the University of Southampton in the UK. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

The project receiving an AIA 2012 Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award is the Mountbatten Nanotechnology Electronics Research Complex, the flagship laboratory for the University of Southampton Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics. This was one of 18 projects out of 146 submittals receiving an AIA 2012 Northwest & Pacific Region award.

This latest award follows two previous AIA awards for this project – Honor Awards from the Pennsylvania state chapter of the AIA and the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania AIA chapter. The Mountbatten project also previously won an award for design excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The project's design team was led by IDC Architects/CH2M HILL, with UK architectural firm Jestico + Whiles as a subconsultant. This year the IDC Architects/Jestico + Whiles team reunited to win a new Australia Institute of Nanoscience project at the University of Sydney, following an enthusiastic referral from the University of Southampton for the team's award-winning work on the Mountbatten project.

IDC Architects was recently awarded another nanoscience project, the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester in the UK. The firm's international nanoscience portfolio now includes projects in the UK, Korea, Egypt, Denmark, Australia and the U.S.

In presenting this award, the AIA jury summarized the Mountbatten Complex project as a "very difficult and complex program, yet rises to its social responsibilities."

IDC Architects President Tim Meier said "It's a great compliment to this project team that the Mountbatten project has been recognized a third time by the AIA as well as by the Royal Institute of British Architects. It's always gratifying to have the quality of your work validated by noted peers in the architectural profession."

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IDC Architects Schedules October Presentations at Two Facility Design Conferences in San Diego

DENVER, October 2, 2012 – IDC Architects experts in advanced technology facility design will present at two U.S. technical conferences the week of October 1, 2012. IDC Architects specializes in the international design of buildings of science and technology and is part of CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

The events are the Space Strategies 2012 conference October 1-2 at the Hilton San Diego Resort Mission Bay in San Diego, California and the 24th annual College and University Science Facilities 2012 October 4-5, 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Both conferences are organized by Tradeline Inc., which provides information resources to corporate, institutional, and government professionals for the planning, design, construction, and management of facility assets.

The first IDC Architects presentation at Space Strategies 2012 is titled "Space as the Medium of Flow: Space Planning with 3D Spatial Modeling for Faster Decision-making and Consensus-building to Increase Value and Lower Costs." Presenters are architect Jeff Murray, AIA and materials scientist Jennifer McCarty, Ph.D. The presentation time is Monday, October 1 from 1:15 pm – 2:10 pm Pacific Standard Time at the Hilton San Diego Resort Mission Bay.

This presentation is oriented to helping building designers leverage the benefits of 3D spatial modeling for more efficient space management, faster and less costly planning cycles and a reduction in a facility design project's change orders thanks to more effective consensus- building among project stakeholders.

The presentation details a range of 3D modeling advantages using "before-and-after" case studies illustrating cost savings and efficiency improvements on science and technology building projects. This presentation qualifies for American Institute of Architects continuing education credits.

The second IDC Architects presentation at the College and University Science Facilities 2012 conference is titled "Construction Cost Management for Science Building Projects" with Jeff Murray and Jennifer McCarty as presenters scheduled for Thursday, October 4 from 11:10 am – 12:05 pm.

Best practices are described for keeping projects on financial track, applying lean and agile principles and setting up realistic cost models to inform decisions on multiple design and operating issues, including energy use and sustainability. This presentation qualifies for AIA and Health Safety Welfare (HSW) continuing education credits.

Jeff Murray, AIA is an IDC Architects Science and Technology design principal and leads the firm's R&D Facilities Group globally. His 25 years of practice include the design of award-winning projects for academic, institutional and corporate clients. He specializes in dynamic creative processes such as 3D modeling and rapid prototyping that support the master planning and design of high-performance science and technology buildings.

Jennifer McCarty, Ph.D has a Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University whose background includes consulting work for the bioscience industry and management of technology transfer programs within a health science-based research university. She is the coauthor of the 2008 book What Really Sank the Titanic: New Forensic Discoveries.

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CH2M HILL Presentation Forecasts New Nanotechnology Research Facility Trends

DENVER, September 17, 2012 – CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, delivered a presentation at the International Symposium on Nanomaterials and Nanodevices (CHINano 2012) in Suzhou, China. The event held September 13-15 at the Dushu Lake Hotel was organized by the Chinese Materials Research Society, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Soochow University and Suzhou Industrial Park.

The CH2M HILL presentation at CHINano 2012 titled "Integrating Next-Generation Technology Into Today's Nano/MEMS Research Facilities" included case history data from the company's many international nanotechnology research projects. These include CH2M HILL's current project to design a multi-stack development laboratory for China's largest nano/MEMS manufacturing hub.

The CH2M HILL presenters were industrial engineering expert Monty Stranski and advanced technology architect Hui May Yang. Together they represent more than 60 years of combined research facility design experience.

The CH2M HILL presentation focused on helping nanotechnology facility developers avoid impractical facility innovations and achieve greater efficiencies with research facility budgets. They explained that research facility developers are particularly interested in maximizing their economic efficiencies at a time when capital is scarce for research facility development.

The presentation included a special section devoted to integration of new energy efficiency strategies in nanotechnology/MEMS research environments.

CH2M HILL is a leading designer of nanotechnology research and manufacturing facilities globally. These include the Nanopolis research complex in Suzhou, China; the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester in the UK; the Australian Institute of Nanoscience for the University of Sydney; the award-winning Mountbatten Nanotechnology Electronics Research Complex at the University of Southampton in the UK; Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Korea; The Egypt Nanotechnology Center at the University of Cairo; the Danish Technical University in Denmark; Clemson University Advanced Materials Research Laboratory in South Carolina; Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania; and the ONAMI Microproducts Breakthrough Institute in Oregon.

Monty Stranski has more than 25 years of experience in the design of research and manufacturing facilities involving nanotechnology/MEMS technologies, as well as integrated circuit processes and tools, optoelectronics and photovoltaics manufacturing and electronics manufacturing.

Hui May Yang is a US-Registered Architect with 28 years of experience in architectural design, specializing in high-tech projects such as semiconductor, flat panel and nanotechnology research and manufacturing. Her expertise includes highly-complex technical facilities requiring stringent design criteria for vibration, EMI and particulate control.

A copy of the CH2M HILL presentation can be made available by contacting Monty Stranski at Monty.Stranski@ch2m.com or Huimay.Yang@ch2m.com.

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IDC Architects Adds New International Team of Science & Technology Architects

DENVER, July 24, 2012 – IDC Architects has acquired a new team of principal architects specializing in the design of advanced science and technology buildings. The team's experience includes design of some of the world's premier science and technology facilities in the U.S. and Europe. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

The new team is anchored by three Principal Architects; Jay Shoemaker (former Principal with SRG Partnership in Portland, Oregon), Marilee Lloyd (former Laboratory Architect with Lord Aeck Sargent in Georgia, Michigan) and Bob Hedivan (former Associate Director at BMJ Architects in Glasgow, Scotland).

The team brings to IDC Architects nearly 100 years of collective experience in designing and managing multifaceted teaching, clinical, research and development projects for academic, institutional, hospital, corporate and government clients.

IDC Architects President Tim Meier explained that this infusion of science and technology architectural strength is in response to the company's growing portfolio of projects in global science and technology markets. Despite the prolonged recession, IDC Architects finished 2011 ahead of its annual revenue plan and carried a significant backlog into 2012.

"Even before the economy began to recover we saw a significant uptick in demand for labs and other science buildings from universities as well as private sector clients," commented Meier.

"In particular there's been a big demand for new as well as renovated buildings that are more energy efficient and economical to operate, but that also have the architectural excellence to complement a strong university or corporate brand. We see this new team making a big contribution toward our goal of taking IDC Architects to new levels of prominence in the growing science and technology markets."

Jay Shoemaker has served variously as a Principal in Charge and lab planner of more than 50 major building projects for such clients as Pfizer, Wyeth, Bristol Myers Squibb, Glaxo SmithKline, Biogen-Idec, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, State University of New York, Oregon Health Sciences University, and, the University of Massachusetts.

Marilee Lloyd brings a strong focus in collaborative design processes for higher education projects. She has served as Project Architect for science education facilities, vivaria, clinical laboratories, hospitals and biopharmaceutical buildings for such clients as University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, University of Alabama, University of North Carolina, Pfizer Pharmaceutical and Millenium Pharmaceutical.

Bob Hedivan specializes in research laboratory and healthcare projects, having served as a principal in charge, project manager and implementation of Quality Management Systems in the UK for such clients as the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Queen's Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Beecham Pharmaceutical and renovation of historic buildings for Westminister and County properties.

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CH2M HILL Jumps to #4 Spot on List of Top Architectural Firms

DENVER, July 30, 2012 – CH2M HILL, thanks to strong performance by its integrated architectural practice, including its architectural firm IDC Architects, has moved up to the #4 position on the 2012 "Top 250 Architecture Firms" list issued by Architectural Record magazine.

A key reason for CH2M HILL's rise in ranking is the diverse range of architectural projects the company performs. These include public and private sector clients in such markets as defense, government, research laboratories, water facilities, aviation, transportation, ports and maritime, university research facilities, semiconductor fabrication facilities, manufacturing facilities, data centers and a variety of office buildings.

CH2M HILL's expanding program management work (ranked #1 in Program Management by Engineering News-Record magazine) also contributed to the company's #4 Architectural Record ranking, which includes the company's international master planning efforts focused on architectural and landscape architecture services.

CH2M HILL's IDC Architects specializes in the design of science and technology buildings, including research laboratories, university buildings, data centers and advanced technology manufacturing facilities. The trend in specialized architectural services is evidenced through recent awards received by the company for its nanotechnology laboratory projects in the UK, Korea, Egypt, Denmark, Australia and the U.S. and recent data center projects in Hong Kong, Singapore and multiple locations in the U.S.

Another trend driving the company's project activity has been the growing number of international government, industrial and manufacturing clients seeking sustainable design solutions.

"The expectations of the architectural marketplace have evolved a lot in recent years," comments IDC Architects Tim Meier. "We've responded to those changes by stepping up to offer a more dynamic and diverse range of services to our clients. They expect not just great architectural design, but also creative solutions for making advanced technology buildings more energy-efficient, task-flexible and less expensive to operate. We see our clients' appreciation for that bigger, broader approach to architecture reflected in our latest ranking in Architectural Record."

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Nordenia Celebrates Groundbreaking for New China Plant Designed & Built by CH2M HILL

DENVER, June 18, 2012 – CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, helped celebrate the June 6 groundbreaking for a new Nordenia China specialized films production facility fabrication facility in Taicang, China.

CH2M HILL is providing engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the three-phase project, whose first phase involves 5,000 square meters of space on a 60,000-square-meter site. The new plant will produce film used in packaging for a large multi-national producer of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), products sold quickly at relatively low cost.

CH2M HILL completed detail design on this fast-track project in only about four months, delivering it to Nordenia on May 24th, 2012. Construction began in May and is scheduled to run through March 2013.

This is the latest in a growing portfolio of CH2M HILL facility design and construction projects in China in multiple market sectors including automotive, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, solar, flat panel, metals, consumer products and master planning of technology parks as well as entire communities.

Nordenia is one of the largest manufacturers of product components, flexible packaging and technical film used for a variety of consumer products. Nordenia has 13 manufacturing locations and more than 3,000 employees worldwide.

For more information on this project, contact Jeff Sheng at Jeff.Sheng@ch2m.com.

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CH2M HILL Presents Strategies for Sustainable Data Center Design at China Seminar of Green Data Center Construction and Sustainable Development

DENVER, June 14, 2012 – CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, delivered a June 13 presentation on sustainable design strategies for latest-generation data center facilities at the Seminar of Green Data Center Construction and Sustainable Development organized by the Shanghai Economy and the Information Committee.

Attendees from government and business enterprises gathered at the Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel to discuss advanced technologies and share their experience. CH2M HILL was the only design firm presenting at the event.

The presentation was delivered by Jeff Cross, Vice President & Global Director of Sustainable Solutions for CH2M HILL's Industrial & Advanced Technology group and Steel Zhu, Industrial & Advanced Technology group China Business Development Director.

CH2M HILL is regarded as a global leader in sustainable data center design. CH2M HILL has created breakthrough modular data center concepts for a number of data center industry leaders that dramatically reduce energy consumption by 50% or more while reducing operational costs, up-front capital expenses and a facility's overall Power Usage Efficiency (PUE).

The CH2M HILL presentation shared specific strategies for reducing data center energy usage and its related costs. Topics covered included techniques for the use of advanced airflow modeling, fine-tuning industrial air handling equipment, specialized chilled water systems and the use of economizers.

Strategies were shared for modifying these energy-saving approaches to meet the unique needs of individual data centers and for integrating energy-efficient solutions into data center projects with aggressive construction schedules.

The presenters also reviewed a current trend being lead by CH2M HILL to "sustainably repurpose" aging buildings into cost-effective data center facilities. He shared examples of recent CH2M HILL projects that have involved conversion of older buildings into new high-performance data centers. CH2M HILL's industry-leading sustainable projects include:

  • For Quality Technology Services (QTS), the recent conversion of a former semiconductor manufacturing facility into a 100-megawatt, 121,000-square-meter "green" data center with more than 46,000 square meters of raised floor.
  • One of the world's highest-density data centers, a multi-story facility exceeding 5,382 watts per square meter.
  • An innovative high density/10,760 watts per square meter "chiller-less" data center concept design for Stanford University using natural ventilation and saving more than $5 million in energy costs per year.
  • Sustainable technology parks featuring renewable energy, including Colorado's Niobrara Energy Park and Nevada's Star Peak Energy Center. (Both projects won Business Achievement Awards from the Environmental Business Journal and the Climate Change Business Journal).

For more information on this presentation, contact Steel Zhu at Steel.Zhu@ch2m.com or Jeff Cross at Jeff.Cross@ch2m.com.

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IDC Architects Awarded Design of University of Manchester Graphene Facility Project

DENVER, July 9, 2012 – IDC Architects has been awarded the design of the cleanroom and laboratory for the new National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester in the UK. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has made a grant of £38 million to support the facility. Funding is also being sought from the European Regional Development Fund. The NGI is scheduled to open at the end of 2014.

The University of Manchester is an acknowledged leader in the research of graphene, the multifaceted material first isolated by Nobel Prize winning scientists Professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at the University in 2004.

At 200 times stronger than steel and just one atom thick, graphene is the strongest and thinnest material ever measured, and also the world's most conductive material. It has a wide range of potential uses, including electronics, flexible touch screens and sensors and also in composite materials.

This world-class shared facility for graphene research and commercialization activities will be accessible by both researchers and business and will comprise highly-serviced nano-technology laboratories and cleanroom environments with access to specialist facilities and equipment which enable the simulation of manufacturing processes. The NGI will also include space for start-up businesses launched by university graduates looking to exploit the potential uses of graphene.

There has been extensive interest from members of industry in this technology, many of which are expected to be key partners in the NGI.

The winning design team for this groundbreaking new facility continues the successful collaboration between Jestico + Whiles and CH2M HILL. The working relationship between J+W and CH2M HILL includes their work together on the University of Southampton Mountbatten Building and more recently the Australian Institute of Nanoscience for the University of Sydney. IDC Architects is also currently working on the Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering project in New York.

IDC Architects President Tim Meier said "We are very proud of the role we play among the world's leading designers of nanotechnology research facilities. It's gratifying to see our success on Mountbatten lead to our Australian Institute of Nanoscience project and now this latest project for the University of Manchester. Our international nanoscience portfolio now includes projects in the UK, Korea, Egypt, Denmark, Australia and the U.S."

The Mountbatten facility has received multiple awards for architectural excellence including two American Institute of Architects Honor Awards and a Royal Institute of British Architects award. Led by Project Managers E C Harris appointed through the OGC Framework, the NGI design team also includes the firm Ramboll providing civil and structural engineering services.

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New 300mm UMC Fab Designed by CH2M HILL Taiwan to Include Cleanrooms the Size
of 10 Football Fields

DENVER, July 9, 2012 – CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, helped celebrate the May 24 groundbreaking for a massive new United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) microchip fabrication facility at UMC's Tainan, Taiwan fab complex.

CH2M HILL's Taiwan office provided engineering services for the project's 21-hectare site master plan, manufacturing planning and facility basis of design. CH2M HILL's IDC Architects group designed the master plan and landscape layout for the site, which includes a parking garage for 3,400 spaces underneath the building.

The two-phase design, known as Fab12A Phase 5 & 6, involves approximately 380,000 square meters of microchip manufacturing and 80,000 square meters (seven floors) of office space. Total multi-level cleanroom area is 53,000 square meters, about the size of 10 American football fields. Process technology will be 28-nanometer initially with future 20/14-nanometer capability.

The project also includes two office buildings, training space, employee service buildings, two power substations, warehouses and a multi-level pedestrian bridge to connect the new building with existing facilities and provide a clean environment for product transport.

For more information on this project, contact Jeff Sheng at Jeff.Sheng@ch2m.com or Michael Wang at Michael.Wang@ch2m.com.

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IDC Architects Announces Free Webinar on Critical Issue of Data Center Emergency Power

DENVER, June 6, 2012 – IDC Architects has announced that a webinar on the critical topic of data center generator reliability and efficiency is now available for on-demand viewing at no charge.

The webinar is presented by IDC Architects Director of Critical Environments Joseph Hollo and Intel Data Center Operations Manager John Musilli. The presentation reviews best practices for specifying and operating generators in a variety of data center applications.

The webinar is moderated by Kevin Heslin, Editor of Mission Critical magazine, a technical journal serving data-center and emergency backup power professionals.

Generators are a vital factor in the success or failure of data centers. Conventional sources of data center power are always vulnerable to interruption triggered by numerous natural or human-caused causes. Data center owners know that even very brief power interruptions can have devastating consequences to their operations. For that reason data center generator systems must be designed and regularly tested with reliability the top priority.

Titled "Generator Dos and Don'ts: Tips for Designing and Maintaining Your Gen Set," the webinar shares proven techniques, from both the facility designer's and facility operator's perspectives, on such issues as sound attenuation, site placement, fuel systems, control interfaces, valving, emissions issues and exhaust.

The free webinar can be viewed on demand using this link http://bit.ly/JaIKiw. The webinar's material is structured to qualify viewers for 1.0 Personal Development Hour of Continuing Education in locations where courses of this kind are approved by local licensing boards.

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Uptime Institute Symposium Experts to Compare Data Center Greenfield vs. Renovation Approaches

DENVER, May 10, 2012 – A May 16 panel discussion at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2012 will combine four data center thought leaders who will compare the costs, key technologies and efficiencies of Greenfield vs. renovation approaches for data center developments.

The session will be held at the Santa Clara, California Convention Center in the Mission City Ballroom from 9:20-10:00 am. The moderator will be Joe Hollo, Director of Critical Environments for IDC Architects, a part of the global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm CH2M HILL.

The panel discussion titled "The Mega Data Center – Retrofit or Greenfield?" will include case histories and performance data for two current standout data center projects.

In addition to Joe Hollo the panel will feature:

  • Craig Harrison, President of Harrison Resource, which is developing a first-of-its-kind Niobrara Data Center Energy Park. Niobrara is envisioned as the nation's first hybrid natural gas/renewable energy microgrid for data centers. IDC Architects is assisting Harrison Resource with the Niobrara project, which this month moved into its next phase of development. For a copy of the IDC Architects Niobrara visioning document, go to Niobara's Site.
  • Brian Johnston, Chief Technology Officer for leading data center solutions provider Quality Technology Services (QTS). A new QTS data center in Richmond, Virginia, also designed by IDC Architects, is considered a model for the growing trend of converting existing buildings into data centers as well as a model for exceptional data center energy efficiency.
  • Tom Garrett, former Intel Director of New Factory Startups, who will add insights from his 29 years of experience managing a variety of Intel facility operations, including one of the world's highest density data centers.

The panel will discuss key features in data center developments of the future – time to market, flexibility, high-quality power and their impact on the operational models of today. Topics will include comparing the design parameters of semiconductor 'fabs' and data centers, exploring the benefits and challenges of applying modular data center approaches in existing buildings, strategic phasing strategies to add capacity over time, hybrid facilities and reliable approaches for assessing the quality, availability and capacity of power at other facility types.

The case histories will review how two recent high-profile data center projects converting former manufacturing facilities into data centers have yielded such competitive advantages as improved time to market, lower upfront capital costs, greater flexibility for capacity expansion and lower long-term operational costs.

To arrange attendance of this discussion, contact Jeff Cross at Jeff.Cross@ch2m.com.

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IDC Architects & Intel Data Center Experts to Present Webinar on Best Practices for Data Center Generators

DENVER, May 8, 2012 – IDC Architects will be part of a free May 9 webinar on best practices related to specifying and operating generators in a variety of data center applications. IDC Architects is part of the global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm CH2M HILL.

The one-hour webinar begins May 9 at 2:00pm EDT. Those who can't attend the webinar live may use the link to view it later on demand. It is sponsored by Kohler and is being hosted by Mission Critical magazine, a technical journal serving data-center and emergency backup power professionals.

IDC Architects Director of Critical Environments Joseph Hollo will join Intel Data Center Operations Manager John Musilli to present proven techniques to address issues such as sound attenuation, site placement, fuel systems, control interfaces, valving, emissions issues, and exhaust. The webinar will be moderated by Mission Critical Editor Kevin Heslin.

In addition, Hollo and Musilli will discuss the importance of commissioning, running loads during generator testing and sequential loading.

IDC Architects is a leader in innovative data center designs, including groundbreaking modular data center concepts for industry leaders that dramatically reduce energy consumption, operational costs, and up-front capital expenses. Here's a link to the webinar's free registration site.

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CH2M HILL Hires New Marketing & Promotions Specialist

PORTLAND, March 28, 2012 – Jennifer Hooper McCarty has been named as Marketing & Promotions Specialist for the Industrial & Advanced Technology group of CH2M HILL, a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

Ms. McCarty is supporting CH2M HILL's Sales and Business Development personnel through strategic conference planning, development of external marketing collateral, promotional activities and social media marketing. A key area of Ms. McCarty's focus is to create marketing and communications strategies for CH2M HILL's various markets, and to communicate news related to CH2M HILL's design and construction of advanced technology buildings, technology research and altruistic community service.

Through the development of presentations, white papers, email communications, website content, and advertising, she collaborates with CH2M HILL's international network of offices in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Americas to promote the company's global experience in sustainability, innovation, and technical problem-solving.

Ms. McCarty brings a unique background and skill set to this new role. Previously, she directed an innovation-focused event management company, performed consulting services to the Oregon bioscience industry and managed technology transfer within a health science-based research university. In addition, she is the coauthor of the 2008 book, What Really Sank the Titanic: New Forensic Discoveries.

Her education includes a Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and language study at La Sorbonne. Ms. McCarty's analytical approach, understanding of technology and experience in promotions are a strong addition to CH2M HILL's business development and public awareness efforts.

CH2M HILL's Industrial & Advanced Technology group has steadily diversified the markets it serves, which include general manufacturing, semiconductor, photovoltaic (solar), flat panel, consumer products, data centers, research laboratories, nanotechnology, life sciences, aviation, automotive, selected food processing and strategic business consulting including advanced planning services such as site selection, site master planning, economic modeling and economic incentives negotiation.

CH2M HILL's many top rankings by Engineering News-Record magazine include number 1 in Program Management and Solar Power Design, number 2 in Pharmaceuticals and Construction Management-For-Fee, number 3 in Manufacturing, number 4 in the overall Design Firm category and number 7 on the list of Top Green Design firms.

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CH2M HILL/IDC Architects Enhances European Focus With New Life Sciences Principal Architect

DENVER, April 23, 2012 – CH2MHILL's IDC Architects has announced the addition of principal architect Bob Hedivan to the firm in its Glasgow, UK office. Hedivan is a key member of a new team of strategic hires IDC Architects has added specializing in the design of science and technology buildings.

Hedivan's primary focus will be support of IDC Architects' growing project portfolio in Europe. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

Hedivan is a former Associate Director of Boswell, Mitchell & Johnston (BMJ) Architects in Glasgow, Scotland, where he was a senior principal specializing in the sectors of advanced technology/sciences, healthcare, pharmaceutical and higher education. His appointment with CH2M HILL will reunite an established architectural team of ex-BMJ staff including Allan Thomson, who is now Architectural Discipline Lead for the CH2M HILL Glasgow office and Senior Architect Graeme McVitie.

Hedivan is an experienced design team leader with extensive experience in project procurement methodologies including experience in major PFI/PPP projects. Within the sciences and healthcare sectors he has been responsible for many extremely specialized and technically challenging projects and research facilities including large-scale cleanrooms, radio-pharmaceutical production facilities, containment suites and a number of advanced imaging facilities. Major clients have included numerous universities, NHS trusts and industry providers throughout the UK.

IDC Architects President Tim Meier explained that Hedivan's addition to the firm is in response to the company's growing international portfolio of projects in global science and technology markets. Despite the prolonged recession, IDC Architects finished 2011 well ahead of its annual revenue plan and carried a significant backlog into 2012.

"Even before the economy began to recover we saw a significant uptick in demand for labs and other science buildings from universities as well as private sector clients," commented Meier.

"In particular there's been a big demand for new as well as renovated buildings that are more energy efficient and economical to operate, but also have the architectural excellence to complement a strong university or corporate brand. We see this new team making a big contribution toward our goal of taking IDC Architects to new levels of prominence in the growing life sciences markets."

The team's experience includes design of some of the world's premier science and technology facilities in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Visits Niobrara Data Center Energy Park

Denver, Colo., February 9, 2012 – Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper spent the afternoon yesterday touring the future site of the Niobrara Energy Park, a renewable energy datacenter project located in Weld County, Colorado. The 644-acre project between Fort Collins and Cheyenne will combine clean fossil fuels, alternative energy, smart grid, energy storage, renewable energy, research, and cloud computing data centers. Its zoning plat was signed in August 2011, and the project is currently on the market for a single buyer or joint venture.

Governor Hickenlooper expressed enthusiasm about the project at the press conference following the site visit. "Technology is so dependent on energy, and here you've got all these different fiber-optic technology corridors going north and south, east and west, that intersect right here, but simultaneously we've also got not just natural gas and one of the highest-volume pipelines in America, which has an intersection here, but you've also got wind energy, solar energy, a confluence of every type of energy," said Governor Hickenlooper. "It really is a unique opportunity to have redundant energy to make sure that a strategically important data center is never at risk. I'm going to guess there is probably a handful of places like this in the entire country. We just have to figure out how to get it built."

Craig Harrison, founder and developer of Niobrara Energy Park, has collaborated with IDC Architects, a CH2M Hill company, to vision the project. "They claim they've only seen one other project like it in the country," Harrison stated. Tim Meier, president of IDC Architects has called the park "one of the first projects of its kind."

In addition to Governor Hickenlooper and his staff, the press conference and park tour were attended by four of the five Weld County commissioners. Senator Mark Udall also visited with Harrison in April 2011, calling the park "ahead of the curve" and referring to it as a private energy island. Located in Colorado's epicenter of numerous green-energy and clean-energy initiatives, Niobrara Energy Park has received widespread support from government officials, energy-industry leaders, researchers and many others.

Learn more at www.niobraraenergypark.com. To request a vision book, contact Craig Harrison at craig@harrisonresource.com or (970) 612-4100.

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IDC Architects Energy Park Projects Recognized With Environmental Excellence Awards

DENVER, February 23, 2012 – IDC Architects has received recognition for two of the company's environmentally progressive projects and programs in the annual Business Achievement Awards program sponsored by the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) and Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ). IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

The honored projects are development of concepts for sustainable technology parks integrating conventional and renewable energy facilities, such as Colorado's Niobrara Energy Park and Nevada's Star Peak Energy Center. Sustainable data centers are among the types of facilities well suited for these developments.

The EBJ and CCBJ awards recognize exceptional business performance in the environmental industry in such categories as establishing new areas of practice, international expansion, outstanding projects, new technology development and contributions to industry and society at large.

IDC Architects developed a "vision book" for the Niobrara Energy Park in Weld County, Colorado which will combine clean fossil fuels, alternative energy, smart grid, energy storage, renewable energy, research and cloud computing data centers." The Fortune 100 companies investigating this project call it one of the largest 'utility-scale' MicroGrids on the planet," says Craig Harrison of project developer Harrison Resource.

IDC Architects was commissioned by Presco Energy to create a similar vision and development plan for the 10,000-acre Star Peak Energy Center 110 miles north of Reno. This is the first commercial development of its kind relying completely on site-generated renewable energy. IDC Architects also performed master planning, energy analysis and economic analysis to complete the concept development.

"It's exciting for us to be involved in leading-edge projects like this that are taking sustainable business park development beyond the talking stages into the realm of tangible form," said Tim Meier, President of IDC Architects.

Several other CH2M HILL projects and programs received EBJ and CCBJ award recognitions including design of the Brightwater Treatment Plant membrane bioreactor installation in King County, Washington; growth in the company's Threat Reduction Practice reducing biological threats from extensive biological warfare programs; the WaterMatch social networking tool promoting beneficial reuse of municipal effluent; CH2M HILL's partnership in CLIMsystems climate science technology and the company's development of new technology tools to support the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America Communities program to accelerate the adoption of solar energy in 25 U.S. cities.

The 2011 EBJ and CCBJ Business Achievement Awards will be presented in a March 14 banquet in San Diego, California, during the Environmental Industry Summit, an annual three-day event hosted by the EBJ and CCBJ.

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IDC Architects Awarded Cleanroom, Lab Design of new Australian Institute of Nanoscience in Sydney

DENVER, January 25, 2012 – IDC Architects has been awarded the design of the cleanroom and laboratory for the new Australian Institute of Nanoscience at the University of Sydney. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.

This new project reunites IDC Architects with UK architectural firm Jestico + Whiles, which worked together on the Mountbatten Nanotechnology Laboratory project for the University of Southampton in the UK. That project won an award for design excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and an American Institute of Architects Honor Award from the AIA's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania chapter. Also on the new project's team is the Australian firm Architectus Sydney.

The new Australian Institute of Nanoscience building will be a world-leading research and teaching facility providing the most advanced equipment and research environment for nanoscience.

Tim Meier, President of IDC Architects, said "This is a good example of how doing good work can lead to more project opportunities. Our success on Mountbatten helped bring us to this new Australia project. Our international nanoscience portfolio now includes projects in the UK, Korea, Egypt, Denmark and the U.S."

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