Presentation at international research facility conference yields public client praise, new project leads

May 22, 2013 - Jeff Murray and Monty Stranski teamed up for a presentation at a research facility conference that prompted public accolades from one of our clients and leads for at least 4 new projects.

Their presentation at Tradeline 2013 International Conference on Research Facilities in Boston, Massachusetts focused on strategies for saving costs and energy usage in nanotechnology research facilities.

The results included our team connecting with representatives of at least 3 universities and one private sector client interested in discussing near-term research facility projects. Getting project leads isn't the main reason we go to these technical conferences, but it's a nice extra when it happens, especially in multiples.

In analyzing Jeff and Monty's performance, our team felt that Jeff's design insights as an architect blended well with Monty's more technical approach as an industrial engineer. Jeff fielded design-oriented questions from the audience and Monty handled the more process-oriented queries. Together they came off as competent and capable of covering the many dimensions of designing complex nanotechnology research facilities.

The client compliment came about during a presentation by our client SAIC about their new Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) in Frederick, Maryland, which we designed. Our client gave "CH2M-HILL-IDC Architects" a lot of credit for the project's success during his presentation.

The ATRF is a 340,000-square-foot R&D facility with advanced biopharmaceutical laboratories. The facility has collaborative "think tank" space for a continuum of R&D activities including genomics, proteomics, nanotechnology, molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics and biopharmaceutical development. The ATRF brings together partners from government, industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector to accelerate transition of research findings into treatments for patients with cancer and AIDS.

There's a lot of interest in nanotechnology facility design strategies right now. On reason is that because these facilities are a relatively new building type, there are not well established "best practices" standards for their design. This lack of best practices leads to design decisions that can turn out to be more expensive for owners than they need to be.

For that reason the audience showed a lot of interest on Jeff and Monty's discussion of approaches used on our nanotechnology projects to maximize performance and reducing costs.

An example of this interest was the Vice Chancellor of a university who approached our group interested in getting help with feasibility studies for an interdisciplinary nano research facility. They've been haphazardly developing small pieces of research space throughout their campus and want a more organized way to explore options for consolidating operations.

In another case a professor and student from another very recognizable university expressed interest in hearing more about latest concepts for energy efficiency in cleanroom design. They too appear to have a new nano facility project in the early formulation stages.

These and other contacts our people made at this conference indicate that the nanotechnology market continues to grow, along with our reputation as one of the market's leaders.

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