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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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