David Feth Joins Wilson Architects as Principal

David Feth Joins Wilson Architects as Principal

02 Oct 2017 by

Wilson Architects is pleased to announce David G. Feth, AIA, LEED AP, a resident of Pembroke, MA, will join the Boston-based 50-person architectural firm as a Principal, beginning October 24, 2017. “David’s long history of outstanding projects demonstrate he is a very talented design architect as well as a thoughtful and highly respected project leader. […]

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University of Massachusetts Boston General Academic Building No.1 GAB UMass University Hall

UMass Boston University Hall – LEED Gold

14 Jun 2017 by

The University of Massachusetts – Boston University Hall project has achieved LEED GOLD certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)! University Hall brings together three significant departments under one roof: Art, Performing Arts, and Chemistry Teaching. This rare combination of arts and sciences, along with the state-of-the-art general purpose classrooms, will help define UMass […]

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Monthly Tech talk at Wilson Architects

It’s Tech Talk Time!

06 Jun 2017 by

Each month at WA, we gather for a knowledge sharing lunch we call “Tech Talks”.  The Talks are a monthly forum for sharing ideas, details, and lessons learned.  They are a great way for an individual or team to share their knowledge and prompt questions by anyone in the firm. Tech Talks are internally organized […]

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New Art Installation at URI

30 May 2017 by

On May 1st, the Art Installation ‘GeNeSiS’ at URI’s Center For Chemical & Forensic Science was dedicated. Commissioned to the artist Erwin Redl by the Rhode Island Counsel on the Arts (RISCA) as part of the ‘Percent for the Arts’ program. The installation is an interactive piece consisting of LED lit panels with letters of […]

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2017 Lab Design Conference Impressions

02 May 2017 by

Matt Ellsworth, Martin Lu, and I participated in, and thoroughly enjoyed, 2017 Lab Design Conference. This year, Wilson Architects led a workshop on the Value of Laboratory Mockups. If you’re interested in that topic, contact me, and I’ll send you a copy of our presentation. The Lab Design Conference is a great way to learn […]

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Salvage Process in Pictures: West Experiment Station

20 Dec 2016 by

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Physical Sciences Building (PSB) project includes the recreation of West Experiment Station (WES), a 19th Century research laboratory and one of the University’s oldest buildings. Unfortunately, the WES is structurally unsound, due to weak mortar in the building’s structural bearing walls. To save the building, the project dismantles the WES, […]

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WA Promotions • Breana Werner, Cristianne Peschard, Martin Lu, Michael Bushert

16 Dec 2016 by

We are pleased to announce the promotion of four valuable team members. Breana Werner has been named an Associate Principal; Cristianne Peschard, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Martin Lu, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; and Michael Bushert, AIA, LEED AP BD+C have been named Associates. Breana Werner has been named an Associate Principal. Breana joined WA in […]

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Blog Making Manufacturing

Making and Manufacturing – from CNC to cGMP

12 Dec 2016 by

Does the spirit of making have synergies with the demands of manufacturing? Yes, the synergies are evident in the advanced technologies employed in both maker spaces and production facilities. We see an exploration of materials and processes in maker space that impacts highly-automated manufacturing facilities in unexpected ways. There is a beautiful book now circulating […]

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URI University of Rhode Island Center for Chemical & Forensic Sciences Ribbon Cutting

The Center for Chemical & Forensic Sciences at URI is Officially Complete

28 Nov 2016 by

On September 6, 2016, the University of Rhode Island hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $68M Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. The 132,000 GSF Center houses chemistry research and teaching, 172 fume hoods with dedicated exhaust, and two classrooms (95- and 240-seat) each outfitted with a demonstration fume hood that is […]

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op5 sustainability Cleanroom

Cleanrooms: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

17 Nov 2016 by

“Cleanrooms” are highly specialized research environments with intense need for particulate control.  Cleanrooms often have additional extreme needs, such as humidity sensitive processes or corrosive exhausts.  As seen in the above photo, cleanrooms can have photo sensitive processes requiring specialized and/or high intensity lighting. The most effective EEMs for Cleanrooms are those that target airflow […]

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Top5 sustainability Teaching Labs

Teaching Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

01 Nov 2016 by

“Teaching” labs are a unique subset of the other lab typologies.  Their energy use mirrors that of their research counterparts, but with some very significant differences.  Teaching labs are, generally speaking, controlled environments with scheduled activity times and durations; known ingredients and processes; and (mostly) known outcomes.  This controlled environment allows building designers and engineers […]

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Vanderbilt University Engineering and Science Building Blog Wood Wall VU ESB

Reclaimed wood provides dramatic backdrop in the ESB at Vanderbilt

27 Oct 2016 by

At Vanderbilt University, the entire campus is designated as an arboretum with many prized mature trees. When the site was selected for the new Engineering & Science Building the University had a difficult time conceding the fate of 42 trees that dated back to the 1960’s. The varied species consisted of Red Oak, Hackberry, Osage Orange, […]

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Design for Cambridge College’s campus relocation underway

24 Oct 2016 by

The decision to relocate Cambridge College to the historic Hood Park in Charlestown is a major milestone in the growth of the College, and an excellent opportunity to bring the College together to one campus, transform its culture, and advance its academic and social missions. The program for the 100,000 SF renovation includes 45 classrooms ranging […]

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Top5 sustainability Chemistry

Chemistry Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

21 Oct 2016 by

“Chemistry” labs have heavy chemical use and many fumehoods.  Their energy use is dominated by the need to heat, cool, and move huge amounts of air, to supply fumehood makeup air demand, ventilated cabinets, and / or specialized processes. The laboratory fumehood is a safety device designed to protect its user from exposure to hazardous […]

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University of Massachusetts Boston General Academic Building No.1 GAB UMass University Hall

How can a building pay homage to its iconic neighbors without losing its own identity?

18 Oct 2016 by

On October 17th, six years to the day after we embarked on the design, The University of Massachusetts Boston celebrated the completion of University Hall. This milestone – the official ribbon cutting ceremony – seemed like a fitting time to reflect on a key design idea that guided the project. How can a building pay […]

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Chevron Annex

Tradeline: College and University Science Facilities Conference, Boston

12 Oct 2016 by

Tradeline is hosting their College & University Science Facilities conference in Boston on October 26th – 28th. Chris Martin and Cristianne Peschard from Wilson Architects will be presenting with Steve Wisniewski, our client from the University of Pittsburgh, on “Facility models for training the next generation of collaborative scientists”. This presentation will highlight how collaborative […]

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Studio Outing People Blog

WA Outing: A Day at the Fort

06 Oct 2016 by

Friday, September 16 brought warm temps, low humidity, sunny skies, and calm seas – the perfect weather for our studio to get out and enjoy an outing at Georges Island. Our agenda for the day – WA Spirit, Architecture, Food and Fun! When we first arrived on the island we gathered up the group and handed […]

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I2SL Conference Blog

2016 I2SL Conference Impressions

05 Oct 2016 by

Last week, Joe Gibbons and I participated in and thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (i2sl.org) Conference.  Kansas City is a great conference venue, especially if you like BBQ (Joe and I certainly do!).  We learned a lot about large, complex, and progressive labs from all over the US and across the […]

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Northeastern University NU Mezz Operations Lab

It’s a Wrap: Unit Operations Lab 007, Northeastern University

04 Oct 2016 by

After a quick summer renovation, the Northeastern University Unit Operations Lab at the Mugar Life Science building was recently turned over to the University. The official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 27th. The 3,000 SF renovation expanded the floor structure of an existing mezzanine and transformed it into a flexible classroom outfitted with […]

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EF Education First Headquarters Building

Tradeline Article: Making a 100 Percent Open Office Environment Work for 1,000 Employees

16 Sep 2016 by

At the Tradeline Space Strategies conference in May, I had the opportunity to present a case study on our recently completed 100% open office project – the North American Headquarters for EF Education First. The headquarters, located in the former industrial North Point area of Cambridge, serves as a modern case study of an open office workspace. […]

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MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nano

MIT.nano published in Engineering News Record

26 Jul 2016 by

MIT.nano is an engineering masterpiece in many ways. The 200,000 SF building will house state-of-the-art cleanroom, imaging, and prototyping facilities that can support fabrication and characterization processes on the nanoscale. Located in the heart of the MIT campus, the site is surrounded on all four sides by existing buildings – making the construction of this complex facility […]

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EPIC Receives Recognition in the 2016 SCUP/AIA Awards Program

12 Jul 2016 by

Our Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) at Boston University has earned an Honorable Mention from the SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions. The goal of EPIC was to put the engineering experience front and center on the urban university campus. The Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) is a new engineering curriculum that emphasizes a […]

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IYRS School of Technology and Trades New Structure for Marine Systems and Composites Programs

IYRS Groundbreaking Celebration

11 Jul 2016 by

The New Structure is a model for resiliency in a fragile urban coastal setting, and will endure for generations as part of the IYRS campus. On July 8, the official groundbreaking celebration for the expansion of the IYRS’s Newport campus on Spring Wharf was held. Sited adjacent to the existing IYRS Newport facility, the  “New […]

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University of Massachusetts Amherst UMass Life Science Laboratories

Tradeline Article: Successful Planning of Interdisciplinary Science Facilities

27 Apr 2016 by

As a follow up to a presentation I gave with my colleagues Jeff Puleo (WA) and Jim Staros, Ph.D. (UMass Amherst) at the April 2015 – “Strategic Facility and Space Planning for Science & Research” conference, Tradeline has taken an in-depth look at the planning strategies we discussed for interdisciplinary science  facilities. The exclusive report can be found […]

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EF Education First Headquarters Building

Tradeline Space Strategies: “100% Open Workplace”

21 Apr 2016 by

Come join the discussion! On Thursday, May 5th I will present a case study of the new EF Education First North American Headquarters building in Cambridge: “100% Open Workplace: Post-occupancy findings on a 100% open work environment for 1,000+ employees.” This new building is considered the largest entirely open-plan office in Massachusetts. It is an outstanding […]

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University of Massachusetts Boston General Academic Building No.1 GAB UMass University Hall

SCUP NA | Recitals, Chemistry & Airplanes: Solving Multiple Acoustical Challenges

15 Mar 2016 by

At the SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference in NYC we’ll be presenting a case study of University Hall on the UMass Boston campus. Benjamin E Markham, Director of Architectural Acoustics at Acentech; Samir Srouji, Principal of Wilson Architects; and Andrew S. Weiss, Assistant Campus Planner at UMass Boston will discuss the acoustical implications and challenges […]

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Top5 sustainability Biology Pharmaceutical

Biology / Pharmaceutical Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

28 Jan 2016 by

“Biology” and “Pharmaceutical” Labs have moderate chemical use and few fume hoods.  Their energy use is dominated by the need to heat, cool, and move huge amounts of air, to maintain the required “Lab Air Change Rate”.  The Air Change Rate is a worker safety requirement specified by building codes and standards, and enforced by […]

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Top5 sustainability Engineering Physics

Physics / Engineering Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

13 Jan 2016 by

“Physics” and “Engineering” style labs, though different in their research focus, share many design characteristics. Labs for these disciplines vary wildly in their needs, from “office” type spaces containing only light computing, to highly intensive controlled environment rooms with multiple, expensive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services. Design requirements could include low structure-borne vibration, low acoustical […]

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Blog Benchmarking European Lab Tour University and Industry Joint R&D

University and Industry Joint R&D: A Benchmarking Trip Discovery

07 Jan 2016 by

I started my 2015 European benchmarking tour with a notion last November of visiting some of the physics labs I had been reading about in Technology Review and R&D e-zines. My colleagues and I have designed many physics and nanotechnology labs over the last few years, and I was intrigued by what seems to be […]

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Top5 sustainability Library

Library: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

28 Dec 2015 by

“Library” spaces have a similar energy use profile as offices, but with some critical differences. Spaces in this group include large open areas of widely varying character, from traditional book storage stacks, to new collaborative learning environments, to spaces for computing and audiovisual interaction. The majority of library spaces are designed around human comfort, supporting […]

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Bunny Suit Cleanroom Blog MEMS

Cleanroom Showcase: MEMS

17 Dec 2015 by

At the invitation of Vicky Diadiuk and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), I had the opportunity to enroll in MIT course 6.152J Micro Nano Process Technologies. To spend a week in a bunny suit, learning about the process tools and cleanroom operations was an incredible learning experience. Over the course of the week, we fabricated […]

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Top5 sustainability Maker Space

Maker Spaces / Innovation Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

15 Dec 2015 by

“Maker Spaces” and “Innovation Labs” are broad group of flexible research and learning environments, from “office” type spaces containing only light computing, to machine shops, to highly flexible open research labs.  Energy use is generally driven by equipment or process needs, environmental controls, and or provisions for future flexibility. The most effective EEMs for Maker […]

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University of Massachusetts Amherst UMass West Blog

Rebuilding the West Experiment Station

11 Dec 2015 by

On our UMass Amherst Physical Sciences Building construction site, we are currently dismantling the West Experiment Station, the original home of chemistry research on campus. It’s the first phase of a $102 million project to construct a new, state-of-the-art home for advanced Chemistry and Physics research. The experiment station is being take down literally brick […]

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Gingerbread Blog

Boston Small: CDRC Gingerbread Design Competition 2015

10 Dec 2015 by

Wilson Architects is one of fifteen firms competing for The Golden Spatula in this year’s CDRC Gingerbread House Design Competition, Exhibition + Auction. This fun and friendly competition for charity invites local architecture firms to design gingerbread houses to raise money for the CDRC. The theme for this year’s competition is our city’s “Imagine Boston […]

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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill UNC Venable & Murray Halls

Will Faculty Sacrifice to Create Swing Space?

09 Dec 2015 by

The first question higher education architects and planners ask when faced with a space problem is “does the campus have a swing space?” The answer is usually, “Are you kidding?” and then, the only alternative is new construction. Few campuses have an inventory of swing space to house a program while a building is being […]

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Top5 sustainability Office Conference

Office / Conference / Classroom: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

02 Dec 2015 by

“Offices”, “conference” spaces, and “classrooms” share a similar energy profile. Spaces in this group include rooms for one individual, up to small groups of as many as 50 people. Spaces are designed around human comfort and productivity, supporting individual work, group interaction, and collaborative learning. Energy use is generally driven by the needs of human […]

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Sustainability Sustainable Green

“Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

23 Nov 2015 by

In 2014, Wilson Architects had more than 1.2 million gross square feet under design, including many types of buildings, large and small. These projects are predicted to use 58.5% less energy than comparable existing buildings of similar types.  Wilson Architects’ projects were far more efficient than the average of all projects reported for the AIA […]

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Jacob Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Promoted to WA’s Director of Sustainable Design

19 Nov 2015 by

Jacob Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C has been promoted to the position of WA’s Director of Sustainable Design. “Jacob has extraordinary commitment and enthusiasm in continuing and elevating our firm’s level of participation in the AIA 2030 Commitment”, says WA President, Chris Martin. Jacob is excited by recent advances in laboratory energy efficiency, a key […]

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AIA 2030 Commitment – 2014 Reporting

26 Oct 2015 by

In 2014, Wilson Architects signed the AIA 2030 Commitment. Our first year report, including more than 1.2 million gross square feet under design, shows that WA projects use 58.5% less energy than comparable existing buildings. Though we (barely) missed the current target of a 60% reduction, Wilson Architects projects were far more efficient than the […]

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IYRS School of Technology and Trades New Structure for Marine Systems and Composites Programs

A Case for Resiliency

08 Oct 2015 by

Climate change and its effect on building design are multi-fold. Broadly, there are architectural responses to energy use and environmental footprint that are essential in the aggregate to reducing the impacts of climate change, and there are responses that raise the endurance threshold of specific buildings – resiliency to climate effects. In coastal areas the […]

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Levy Lab

A user’s perspective: the ‘open’ lab

04 Sep 2015 by

Designers often associate the term “open lab” with ballroom style suites created for mobility and flexibility among larger user groups. Examples of this typology include the chemistry labs of the Chevron Annex at the University of Pittsburgh and the multi-disciplinary suites of the Life Science Laboratories at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Principle Investigators, on the other […]

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FSU IRCB Florida State University Interdisciplinary Research & Commercialization Building

A new Interdisciplinary Research & Commercialization Building for FSU

01 Sep 2015 by

The Interdisciplinary Research & Commercialization Building (IRCB) at Florida State University will be a new “gateway building” within Innovation Park, and establish a new paradigm for developing the Southwest Campus. Wilson Architects is busy working with the University on this innovative project. By collaborating with FSU during the initial study phase, we developed a shared […]

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UPitt Pittsburgh Levy Lab Blog

Clean, Quiet & Consistent: design approaches for contemporary physics labs

28 Aug 2015 by

The July/August edition of Laboratory Design Newsletter includes the editorial  “Clean, Quiet & Consistent: design approaches for contemporary physics labs”.  The article is published as a follow-up to a presentation given with Professor Patrick Irvin of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute at this year’s Lab Design Conference. While presenting the environmental parameters of contemporary research facilities, questions […]

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Softball Blog

WA Sabermetrics 2015

20 Aug 2015 by

The sun has set on another exciting summer of WA Softball… As part of the Boston Architects Softball League (BASL), and with participation at an all time high this season, our team developed a stalwart chemistry on and off the field that resulted in our best offensive performance since the summer of 2011. With a […]

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Bunny Suit Cleanroom Blog

Cleanroom Showcase: MOSCAP

20 Apr 2015 by

At the invitation of Vicky Diadiuk and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), I had the opportunity to enroll in MIT course 6.152J Micro Nano Process Technologies. To spend a week in a bunny suit, learning about the process tools and cleanroom operations was an incredible learning experience. Over the course of the week, we fabricated […]

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2015 Rally for the Jimmy Fund

15 Apr 2015 by

On Monday, we started the week and the Red Sox baseball season off right!  At 3:05pm, we gathered in a conference room (with the largest screen, of course!) and tuned into the Red Sox home opener against the Nationals. To create that ‘ball park feel,’ we enjoyed peanuts and Cracker Jacks (do you now have […]

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BSA Foundation Blog

The BSA Foundation: Get Involved!

08 Apr 2015 by

We believe great design should be accessible to all. Wilson Architects is proud to join forces with Boston area design professionals in building a better city for our community. We are energized by the fundraising and community outreach opportunities through the BSA Foundation. The BSA Foundation aims to increase public awareness and appreciation of architecture […]

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Boston University Engineering Product Innovation Center EPIC

Boston University’s EPIC achieved LEED Gold® certification

07 Apr 2015 by

The Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) at Boston University has achieved LEED Gold® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Located in a former guitar center, the adaptive reuse project creates a dynamic maker space with metal lathes, CNC, milling machines, 3D printers, and a variety of other tools. The 15,000 SF facility merges […]

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GAB UMB Blog

GAB No. 1 Construction Update

31 Mar 2015 by

“It’s a beautiful building of soaring proportions and architecture, combining form and fashion and beauty and function.” – Katherine Craven, former Executive Director of the UMass Building Authority The General Academic Building No. 1 is certainly taking shape, and the words used at the Groundbreaking Celebration by Katherine Craven are perfectly fitting. Led by Gilbane, the […]

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Bunny Suit Cleanroom Blog

Cleanroom Showcase: A Week In A Bunny Suit

30 Mar 2015 by

As architects, we need to understand how people will use the spaces we design. When it comes to designing a leading-edge research facility like MIT.nano, the better we can understand the research, the better we can design for it. At the invitation of Vicky Diadiuk and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), I had the opportunity […]

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IYRS Blog

Design for the ‘New Structure for the Composites and Systems Programs’ for IYRS in Newport is Underway

17 Mar 2015 by

The New Structure for Composites and Systems Programs is an exciting opportunity to design a new home for the technology-based, experiential learning environments that IYRS School of Technology & Trades will consolidate to the Newport waterfront campus. Much of the program in this new space will be technology-based related to the use of modern materials […]

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Laboratory Design News publishes Wilson / BR+A research on Cleanroom Energy Efficiency

12 Feb 2015 by

The latest edition of Laboratory Design Update links to ongoing research from the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), including Wilson Architects / BR+A’s paper Right-sizing energy-efficient cleanrooms: Lessons learned from Harvard LISE and other peer institutions.  Here’s an excerpt: “Cleanrooms are energy hogs. But cleanroom energy use serves direct experimental needs. How do we balance these demanding requirements […]

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Top Green Tips Blog

Top 10 Green Tips

02 Feb 2015 by

As part of our internal sustainability initiative, WA has a group dedicated to ‘greening’ our office culture, procedures and protocols. As part of my role, I send out weekly email ‘Green Tips’. Building awareness and environmental consciousness is one way WA is making change possible. If these tips make one person stop and think, I […]

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University of Massachusetts Amherst UMass Life Science Laboratories

Life Science Laboratories at UMass Amherst achieved LEED Gold® certification

29 Jan 2015 by

The new Life Science Laboratories (LSL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst achieved LEED Gold® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LSL is a research facility dedicated to cross and transdisciplinary research. The laboratories are planned with a flexible ‘ballroom’ concept to enable a variety of future research. Vertical duct shafts are pushed to the ends, leaving […]

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University of Pittsburgh Nuclear Physics Laboratory (NPL) achieves LEED Silver

17 Jan 2015 by

The new University of Pittsburgh Nuclear Physics Laboratory (NPL) achieved LEED SILVER certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) The Nuclear Physics Laboratory consists of several condensed matter research facilities, including the Levy, D’Urso and Petek Labs as well as a High Energy Physics suite and Physics Machine Shop. The Levy Lab, for example, […]

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Chris Martin Named President of Wilson Architects • Founder Bill Wilson becomes firm’s Chair/CEO

17 Dec 2014 by

Wilson Architects, a Boston-based architectural firm dedicated to fostering new approaches to education and research for higher education and corporate clients, today announced that Chris Martin, AIA, LEED AP, has been named president of the firm, effective January 1, 2015. Chris assumes the role of president from Bill Wilson, FAIA, who will become the firm’s […]

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Vanderbilt and WA Speak at Tradeline

11 Nov 2014 by

Philippe Fauchet, Dean of Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering, Bill Wilson, FAIA and Samir Srouji, AIA, LEED AP will present at Tradeline’s College & University Science Facilities. Long-term strategic science and engineering program planning: Beyond immediate program needs and square feet How can 5-, 10-, even 20-year science education and research plans stay ahead of […]

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Graduate School of Public Health GSPH

2014 AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

24 Oct 2014 by

The Graduate School of Public Health project at the University of Pittsburgh has won an Architecture Honor Award in the Design Pittsburgh 2014 competition. JURY COMMENTS: This is an addition to an existing building that creates a unified building expression. It has a strong civic quality and the materials are well considered. There is a […]

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The Countdown to the EF Education First Opening Begins!

14 Oct 2014 by

Wilson Architects had the great privilege of working with the wonderful team at EF Education First on its new North American headquarters in North Point, Cambridge.  EF -a global leader in language training, international education, and cultural exchange- will mark its move into the new building with an opening celebration on October 16th. As architect-of-record, […]

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WA Promotion • Joe Gibbons

07 Oct 2014 by

We are happy to announce the promotion of Joe Gibbons to an Associate of the firm. Joe’s focus at WA is on programming and designing highly technical research facilities for higher education clients. He works closely with clients to create labs that precisely and functionally meet their research needs.

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Thank You for a Successful ‘Making Strides’ Event

06 Oct 2014 by

Thank you to all who participated, donated, and cheered us on in this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. We enjoyed a perfect fall day for our walk along the Charles River.  It was a great experience, catching up with each other and getting some exercise while supporting a worthy cause. If you missed […]

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Strides Against Breast Cancer

02 Oct 2014 by

This Sunday, October 5th, a team of Wilson Architects employees and friends will take to the streets as part of the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The team is walking with the hope that the money we raise will help ‘Finish the Fight’ against breast cancer. While signing up for the walk, I […]

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An EPIC Example of Eminent Domain

25 Sep 2014 by

Last winter, we celebrated the grand opening of the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) at Boston University. Located at 744-750 Commonwealth Ave, the newly renovated facility provides highly visible and highly valuable space for engineering product development and manufacturing. We spent several years researching, programming, and designing the facility to thrive within the framework of a […]

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Annual Summer Outing & ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

19 Sep 2014 by

This month Wilson Architects had its annual summer outing. This tradition and employee benefit is a great event where we, as a company, get to spend time together as more than just co-workers. The day began with a fascinating tour of Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. We toured the Great House and learned about its rich history, […]

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2014 Library Design Showcase • Snell Library

10 Sep 2014 by

This month’s issue of American Libraries showcased new and renovated libraries that the American Library Association wrote were “shining examples of innovative architecture that address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways.” We were delighted to have our design among these libraries, and called out as a “higher education hub.” Located at the heart […]

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In Memoriam, Mark C. Keiser

20 Aug 2014 by

It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the loss of our colleague and friend, Mark Keiser. Mark died August 19, 2014 as a result of a traffic accident. “Mark was an intensely kind, thoughtful and caring person who loved the gift of being an architect. We are stunned at his loss, and we send […]

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Interning at WA • Q & A with our Talented Interns

18 Aug 2014 by

We’ve had the pleasure of working with 5 talented interns this summer: Amy Federman, Di Kong, Colleen Loughlin, Zihan Yang, and Su Zhang. Each has undertaken projects that are meaningful for the firm, as well as (we hope!), for them. From generating an infographic for presenting sustainable features, to 2D and 3D renderings and physical […]

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Five Ways to Right-Size Energy Efficiency in Cleanrooms

22 Jul 2014 by

Energy efficiency has become a priority in architectural design; and as a result, energy consumption has reduced astronomically for academic and office buildings. Yet, high performance facilities are lagging behind. The question is – why? Simply put – cleanrooms are energy hogs. The amount of energy required to run high-performance facilities is an order of […]

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One Hundred Years of Vibration Isolation

21 Jul 2014 by

We recently completed a comprehensive series of renovations for the Mid-Campus Complex at the University of Pittsburgh. In my research into the history of the Mid-Campus Complex, I came across one of the original press releases for the opening of Allen Hall, one of the five buildings we worked on as part of our project. […]

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Life Science Laboratories

2014 Brick in Architecture Awards

07 Jul 2014 by

From the Brick Industry Association: “The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has honored the best in brick design across North America. Selected by an independent panel of judges, the 2014 Brick in Architecture Awards spiked this year with more than 150 entries. Established in 1989, the 40 winners in this 25th anniversary year span 22 states […]

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Innovation Forum • Will the Biotech Bubble Burst?

18 May 2014 by

A panel comprised of a biotech executives from Acceleron Pharma (Steven Ertel, Chief Business Officer),  Back Bay Life Science Advisers (Jonathan Gertler, MD, Managing Partner and CEO), Verastem (Dan Paterson, Chief Business Officer) and a venture capitalist from Third Rock Ventures (Kiran Reddy, MD, Assc. Partner) convened at District Hall, the Seaport’s new innovation meeting […]

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Groundbreaking for URI’s new Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences

05 May 2014 by

At 2 pm on Monday, May 5th, ground was broken at the University of Rhode Island for the new $68-million Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. The new 135,000 GSF facility will triple the amount of teaching lab space and nearly double the amount of research lab space, compared with the situation in Pastore Hall. […]

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UMass Boston’s new GAB No.1 Tops Off

30 Apr 2014 by

The topping off of UMass Boston’s new General Academic Building No. 1 marked a large milestone in the school’s first major overhaul since the 1970’s.  The new anchor facility allows the university to boost its enrollment from 9,000 students 10 years ago to 17,000 now and perhaps 18,000 next year. It’ll bring together a cross-section […]

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Chevron Annex

Chevron Annex Featured in Green Building and Design

25 Feb 2014 by

Green Building and Design features the Chevron Annex in their January/February 2014 publication. The article recounts how this robust laboratory evolved into a thoroughly sustainable facility through an air-rights concept. Check out the Green Building and Design article Up in the Air: Chemical Reactions, with no room to grow outward, Wilson Architects expands a laboratory […]

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Discussion Board • Sustainability Drivers

20 Feb 2014 by

In their most recent publication, Green Building and Design contacted our in-house sustainability leader, Kristine Renner, to participate in a discussion on the driving force behind the sustainability movement. In this discussion board, Kristine Renner responds along with other sustainability gurus, to the question: “Are we at a point where profits, rather than incentives, can drive […]

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WA Promotion • Jacob Werner

01 Feb 2014 by

Wilson Architects named Jacob Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C an Associate of the firm. Jacob joined WA in 2012, and specializes in the planning, design, and construction of laboratory buildings. He successfully guides teams through collaborative listening and attention to detail. Jacob has extensive experience with sustainable lab planning and design, including a deep understanding […]

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Chevron recognized at the 2013 BSA Design Awards Gala

30 Jan 2014 by

The Chevron Annex at the University of Pittsburgh was recognized at the 2013 BSA Design Awards gala. The project received a ‘Citation’ in the ‘Education Facilities Design’ award category. In addition, our Life Science Laboratories building project was featured in the video by the Executive Sponsor, NStar and National Grid.

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Graduate School of Public Health GSPH

New Intellectual Environment Propels Innovative Discoveries at UPitt’s School of Public Health

28 Jan 2014 by

A recent ribbon cutting ceremony at the University of Pittsburgh marked the completion of the first phase of the School of Public Health’s renovation and addition project. The University of Pittsburgh launched this project to propel innovative discoveries by literally tearing down the walls of traditional research departments, and uniting diverse disciplines into one shared […]

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Manufacturing the Well-rounded Engineer • BU’s EPIC Brings Technical Engineering to the Forefront of BU

23 Jan 2014 by

Boston University celebrated the opening of the Engineering Product Innovation Center. Prominently located at the heart of BU’s campus, EPIC serves as the only street-view presence of Engineering from Commonwealth Avenue. The 15,000 SF facility merges the technical education of using machine tools with the ability to bring a product to market. In the hopes […]

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UMass Amherst Celebrates Official Opening of the new Life Science Laboratories

13 Nov 2013 by

University of Massachusetts officials formally opened the new 310,000 GSF Life Science Laboratories Building with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony. Speakers included Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, Provost James V. Staros, Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Thomas III, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Michael Malone and Distinguished Professor Lila Gierasch.

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2013 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge

20 May 2013 by

Wilson Architects placed second within the Business/Institution (25-99) category! Approximately 100,701 miles were logged by 2,767 participants on a total of 207 teams. The entire commute challenge saved approximately: 688.1 pounds of hydrocarbons 5,105.6 pounds of carbon monoxide 218.5 pounds of volatile organic compounds 91,401 pounds of CO2  

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Topping off the new Headquarters Building at EF

05 Apr 2013 by

EF celebrates as the Skanska team and Local 7 Iron Workers placed the final steel beam on the EF Education First North American Headquarters building in Cambridge.

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In-House Art Show

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What happens when you blend artistic talent with a creative-minded group of people? An art show! On Friday afternoon, Wilson Architects hosted its very own in-house art show, debuted in a classic gallery exhibition style. Associate Principal and event ‘curator’ Tim Scarlett led the effort by encouraging everyone to bring at least one piece of […]

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Groundbreaking Celebration for the GAB No.1 at UMass Boston

27 Feb 2013 by

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in February for The General Academic Building No. 1 (GAB No. 1) at UMass Boston – the second new building planned for the campus. The four-story, GAB No. 1, will contain general purpose classrooms and three specialized instructional spaces – art department, performing arts department, and chemistry teaching laboratories – an […]

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Chevron Annex

Chevron Chemistry Annex • LEED GOLD

05 Feb 2013 by

The new Chevron Chemistry Annex at the University of Pittsburgh received LEED GOLD certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The design incorporates a range of sustainable and environmentally responsive design features. These include use of low flow fume hoods, heat recovery systems, daylight harvesting, green energy credits, recycled materials, locally sourced building materials, […]

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Chevron Annex

Chevron recognized in the 2012 BSA Honor Awards program

31 Jan 2013 by

The Chevron Chemistry Annex in Pittsburgh, PA was selected for an ‘Award’ by the 2012 BSA Honor Awards jury. The Jury commented: The Chevron Chemistry Annex is skillful, Brutalist, bare, and well-nested, all in the best sense. The before and after versions were transformative, and we found the drawings to be simply beautiful; the portfolio […]

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WA and Autodesk

10 Jan 2013 by

Wilson Architects is pleased to announce that, for the second year, one of our projects appears on the cover for the latest release of AutoCAD Architecture. We worked with Autodesk to provide a high resolution rendering of our 310,000 GSF academic Laboratory Science Building currently under construction in western Massachusetts. Campus Planning, Construction Documents, and […]

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Chevron Annex

AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

11 Oct 2012 by

The Chevron Chemistry Annex at the University of Pittsburgh has won an Architecture Honor Award in the Design Pittsburgh 2012 competition. Jury Comments: This is an example of a very skillful addition to an existing building. Done in the air rights of the original building the new structure appears to float above the old. The […]

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WA Promotions • Samir Srouji, Breana Werner

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Wilson Architects of Boston has named Samir Srouji, AIA, LEED AP a Principal of the firm; and Breana Werner an Associate of the firm. Samir joined Wilson Architects in 2001 and has worked with some of our key academic clients to meet their mission through programming, planning, designing and implementation of a wide range of […]

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EF Education First Headquarters Building

Groundbreaking for EF Education First’s New Headquarters Building

25 Sep 2012 by

EF Education First broke ground on their new 300,000 SF North American headquarters in Cambridge, MA at the DCR’s North Point Park. The 10-story building will feature office and education spac, an above-grade structured parking garage and a dedicated bike room for EF employees. It will also include public space on the ground and mezzanine […]

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Chevron Annex

2012 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Award

23 Apr 2012 by

The Chevron Chemistry Annex at the University of Pittsburgh was just selected as an “Honor Award” recipient in the SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture program. The Chevron Annex is an air-rights addition to the existing teaching/research Chevron Chemistry Tower and provides needed expansion of synthetic and analytical chemistry laboratory space to enhance the quality of the […]

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Bill Wilson Elected to the College of Fellows

03 Feb 2012 by

We are pleased to announce that Mr. William F. Wilson has been elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects. The Jury of Fellows selected Bill for elevation to Fellowship in the Institute because of his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.

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WA Promotion • Lisa Hellmuth

23 Jan 2012 by

Wilson Architects is pleased to announce that Lisa Hellmuth has been promoted to Associate. Lisa is WA’s Director of Marketing for the last ten years. During her 27-year career, she has focused on leading business development activities for architecture firms that primarily plan and design academic Science & Technology buildings.

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WA New Principal • Mark Allen

11 May 2011 by

Wilson Architects is pleased to announce Mark H. Allen, AIA, LEED AP has joined the 50-person architectural firm as a Principal, joining founding Principals Bill Wilson, Matt Leslie and Chris Martin. “We welcome Mark to our firm,” stated Bill Wilson, President of Wilson Architects “because his experience compliments our firm’s, with a high concentration of […]

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Book Contribution • Leading Change in Healthcare

16 Feb 2011 by

Bill Wilson has contributed to the book entitled “Leading Change in Healthcare: Transforming Organizations Using Complexity, Positive Psychology and Relationship-Centered Care” that focuses on organizational change. The story of science education at the University College Dublin is featured in Chapter 11, and Bill joins our client and other participants by telling the architect’s story related […]

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University of Chicago Searle Chemistry Laboratory

Searle Chemistry Lab at the University of Chicago recognized in BSA’s Honor Award program

20 Oct 2010 by

Jurors’ Comments: A gut rehab of an imposing late ’60s building energizes an urban neighborhood while thoroughly resuscitating the dilapidated old structure. The shell of the building was completely reused, giving its sustainability strategy a huge jump start. While retaining and respecting the original limestone skin, the architects introduced brand-new interiors. A channel glass penthouse […]

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University of Chicago Searle Chemistry Laboratory

Searle Chemistry Building • LEED GOLD

04 Feb 2010 by

The renovation of The University of Chicago’s Searle Chemistry Laboratory received LEED GOLD certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  It is the first LEED-Certified building on the University’s campus.

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WA Promotions • Jeff Puleo, Scott Lebow

20 Jan 2010 by

We are pleased to announce the promotion of two valuable team members: Jeff Puleo, AIA, LEED AP to Associate Principal: Jeff has led the planning and design of science and technology projects for a variety of clients, including work at  Smith College and multiple projects on the UMass Amherst campus. His leadership is valued by […]

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Boston University Makechnie Study Center

Makechnie Study Center becomes the first LEED-certified space at Boston University

02 Jun 2009 by

The renovated George K. Makechnie Study Center (MSC) at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in Boston University, Massachusetts, has received LEED-Silver certification. The facility provides a broad range of media services for students, faculty and staff for computing, media and library needs. The design focus of the 3,000 SF renovation was to create […]

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