I enjoy working with researchers to invent highly technical laboratory spaces which contain extreme conditions – whether of cleanliness, quietness, purity, temperature, or magnetism. My goal is to understand their work and the physical principles on which it depends so that I can collaborate with specialist engineers to create novel facilities.
I'm also a certified under Passive House, a rigorous physics-based energy-efficiency building standard, which relates closely to my primary work in performance-driven environments.
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Project Architect for 20,000 SF facility housing ten high-end instrument suites and supporting labs
Project Architect for TEM suite in sub-grade level of existing building
Architectural lead for particle physics detector research and construction laboratory and ISO 6 cleanroom spaces, programming through final design
Project Architect for manufacturing cleanroom expansion and modernization, temporary cleanroom, and pilot manufacturing line cleanroom; all ISO 6
Project Architect and Project Manager, for cryo-EM suite in sub-grade level of existing building adjacent to elevated railway and active MRI suites
Project Architect, Project Manager, production lead, and photographer for office, wet lab, and ISO 6 cleanroom lab
Project Architect and production lead for micron-level clean-not-classified electronics assembly and testing lab adjacent to active loading dock
Architectural lead and production lead for suite of four electron imaging instruments and multiple low-vibration laser- and quantum-materials laboratories
Layout, production, and writing of explanatory cut-away posters
Architectural lead and production lead for ISO 4 - 6 nanotech semiconductor research and fabrication cleanroom, and labs for Quantum Materials department
Validating and calibrating building energy models against field measurements and operational data to support MASS DOER grant work by Payette's Building Science group
Coordination and production for a series of high-performance imaging and radiology suites in operational areas of Massachusetts General Hospital
For both projects: architectural and production lead for ISO 4 - 6 nanotech semiconductor research and fabrication cleanrooms, and suites of electron imaging instruments
Coordination and documentation of three main auditoria, including parametrically-designed acoustic paneling, and atrium's monumental stairs
Architectural and production lead, and photographer, for zebrafish facility in lowest level of Sherman Fairchild laboratory
Architectural lead and production lead for two floors of outpatient care facilities, including nuclear medicine imaging suite, from programming through construction
Role: Project Manager, Project Architect, and production of most documentation. At Perkins+Will.
Image: Standing near the entrance, looking into the clean-not-classified wet lab area, with the cleanroom (blue wall) beyond.
(Photo: Matthew Fickett)
As the site was adjacent to an active subway line (on one side) and an active MRI suite (on the other side), considerable shielding and isolation against vibration, acoustic noise, and magnetic fields was required. The primary design challenge was to accomplish this isolation while providing the services, and exacting environmental control, required by the instrument.
Role: Project Manager and Project Architect. At Perkins+Will.
Image: Concept sketch for isolation details and wall section at shielded instrument room.
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Role: Concept and execution of complete project. At Perkins+Will.
Image: Detail from Nano Cleanroom drawing.
As part of the Sherman Fairchild lab renovation, I led the design of a new zebrafish facility in the basement. The existing structure clears the ceiling by as little as four inches in some locations; the systems coordination to achieve an environment both functional and asthetically pleasing was significant. The facility was designed for future installation of feeding robots, requiring the installation of concealed supporting steel above each row of tanks.
Role: Design, documentation, and coordination of this facility within the scope of a whole-building renovation. At Payette.
Image: The main aisle looking toward the zebrafish water pump room.
(Photo: Matthew Fickett)
CPHC (since 2017), Certified Passive House Consultant
LEED AP (since 2008), Version 2 of LEED