Healthcare, Education & Research

Facilities like hospitals and laboratories have unique building-performance needs. We’ve consulted on the design or enhancement of hundreds of such specialized facilities: optimizing air quality and ventilation systems, increasing thermal comfort and energy efficiency, and managing noise, acoustics and vibration issues. Clients turn to us to troubleshoot specific problems or to develop a holistic plan for optimizing their entire campus.


The design of healthcare facilities directly affects staff retention and performance, patient outcomes and quality of care. We have an extensive record of successful work in healthcare settings, including optimizing ventilation to prevent infection (including in operating and isolation rooms), protecting privacy through acoustic design, and controlling vibration to support the function of sensitive medical equipment. We have also delivered a range of design solutions to enhance patient comfort in patient rooms, common areas and outdoor spaces such as healing gardens.

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As laboratory equipment becomes increasingly sensitive and complex, facilities need specialized assessment and design services to ensure that their buildings support equipment performance while ensuring occupant comfort--both to promote well-being and to support staff performance and retention. Meeting the needs of the present is demanding; building in flexibility for the lab-performance challenges that may emerge over a facility’s lifetime is even more so. We have an extensive record of delivering effective air quality, noise, vibration, heating/cooling and ventilation solutions for laboratories, while helping our clients meet sustainability targets such as reducing water consumption and building-wide energy use.

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Academic Campuses

A campus is more than a group of residences, lecture halls and libraries. It’s an environment whose atmosphere and ecological impact can be refined in measurable ways through design. Our engineers and specialists work with designers and institutions to adapt individual buildings and evaluate clusters of new and existing buildings to improve acoustics, manage environmental noise, increase air quality, optimize comfort, define sustainability objectives, reduce carbon footprint, boost resiliency and enhance overall energy performance.

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