Architects and designers


Building or renovating cleanroom, lab or clean manufacturing space requires careful consideration of many factors and requirements. Preplanning and attentive design are crucial to a successful cleanroom project, which is why consulting with experienced design experts is a wise idea. This month, we’ve compiled a selection of highly qualified architecture and design firms specializing in the planning and construction of clean spaces.

Compiled by Angela Godwin

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Cleanroom designer, manufacturer
American Cleanroom Systems designs and builds cleanrooms for virtually every industry that uses cleanroom manufacturing throughout the U.S. and abroad. ACS has in-house staff with decades of experience in cleanroom design, architectural design, HVAC and controls, construction management, and the design and construction of modular buildings. ACS also has the related computer programs and knowledge needed to document any cleanroom project. The company provides a range of services, from CAD-generated design drawings and construction documents to stamped engineering and energy calculations, to meet the industry’s ever increasing requirements. ACS has extensive knowledge of the building permit process as well as the coordination experience needed for government agency approvals. Design-build is ACS’s specialty and the company can accommodate those interested in turnkey cleanroom solutions. ACS also offers design-consulting services, construction related services and the opportunity to purchase materials only. Since the company is also a cleanroom manufacturer, it has greater control over project quality, scheduling and costs. With its own manufacturing facilities located in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, the company can provide OEM prices and OEM product along with in-house design and engineering to give customers high-quality, responsible solutions. ACS’s 30-year history and track record contain thousands of successfully completed projects to support its qualifications.

American Cleanroom Systems
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

High-tech planning, design

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CH2M HILL IDC is widely acknowledged as a global leader in planning, design and construction of high-technology manufacturing facilities, with a particular emphasis on cleanroom design and construction projects worldwide. CH2M HILL IDC’s direct experience in the world of cleanroom operations continually refines the quality, efficiency and value of its clients’ facilities. The company has designed many millions of square feet of cleanroom space in all classifications of cleanliness and degrees of complexity. In addition to cleanroom design, IDC provides specialized cleanroom equipment and installation services such as: air showers; horizontal and vertical clean benches; clean booths; HEPA filter boxes; blower filter units; pass boxes; vacuum equipment; humidification systems; moisture leak detection systems; chemical filters; gas supply systems; central chemical supply systems; ultrahigh-purity utility supply systems; process tool installation; complete construction management services; advanced fan filter units; chemical filtration systems; complete cleanroom design and construction services; cost, quality and convenience of single-source delivery; and tool hook-up services. CH2M HILL IDC delivers proven performance in construction of leading-edge cleanrooms around the world.

Englewood, CO

Full-service engineering and planning company

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Founded in 1953, HGA is a full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm with offices in Minneapolis and Rochester, MN; Milwaukee, WI; and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, CA. The nationally recognized, award-winning firm partners with clients in the corporate, arts, higher education, civic, science/technology and healthcare industries. Pictured here are two photos from a recent HGA project, Research 2, the new Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at North Dakota State University.

HGA Architects and Engineers
San Francisco, CA

Designer, developer of complex facilities

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Symmes Maini & McKee Associates is a Cam­bridge, MA-based architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm that specializes in the development of complex facilities for demanding institutions and companies. Tomorrow’s R&D spaces, laboratories and manufacturing facilities demand flexibility and adaptability, as well as cutting-edge support systems. SMMA’s tradition of design innovation and its internationally certified quality management system are critical attributes for achieving successful projects for sophisticated science and technology clients. The company provides integrated, experienced teams-professionals who understand all aspects of controlled environments. Projects include nanotechnology research labs, fabrication rooms, academic research and teaching facilities, and manufacturing cleanrooms for such diverse organizations as Analog Devices, Boston Scientific, MIT, The Ohio State University, and University of Maryland.

Symmes Maini & McKee Associates
Cambridge, MA

Cleanroom, lab space design

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SMRT specializes in the design of cleanroom and laboratory spaces for clients throughout the Northeast. Its staff includes mechanical, electrical, structural, fire protection and plumbing engineers; architects, landscape architects and interior designers; building commissioning professionals and LEED accredit­ed pro­fessionals. Some recent pro­jects include: SIRTeX Medical, where SMRT designed renovations for the relocation of a medical device manufacturing company, including new space to support manufacturing, shipping, receiving, quarantine, production, testing, quality control and distribution; Fairchild Semiconductor, with whom SMRT has worked for more than 15 years, having completed such projects as a central chiller plant of 6,400 tons, semiconductor manufacturing and cleanroom space, and tool hook-up design; UMASS Lowell Olney Hall, where SMRT completed the design of renovations to the fifth floor of the Olney Building associated with the construction of a new nanomanufacturing lab, bioprocess lab, and gowning room; Eastern Maine Medical Center Pharmacy, where SMRT designed cleanroom renovations to enable the hospital to meet USP 797 guidelines for compounding sterile preparations; Dartmouth Regional Technical Center, where SMRT and U.K. architects developed a 34,000-square-foot incubator facility, including laboratories and support offices, for early-stage technology companies to locate in the region; and University of Maine Engineering and Science Research Building, where SMRT provided building commissioning services for the 51,800-square-foot addition to Barrows Hall, including design review, construction oversight, verification of pre-start-up and functional performance of systems. SMRT’s design work ranges from Class 1 to Class 100,000 (ISO Class 3 to 8) cleanrooms for semiconductor, bioscience, pharmaceutical, higher education and healthcare facilities. SMRT is currently designing cleanrooms for two clients in New York, totaling more than $100 million in construction.

SMRT, Inc.
Portland, ME

Pharma, biomed facility planning and design

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With extensive experience in environmental control for pharmaceutical and biomedical facilities, Vectech Pharmaceutical Consultants, Inc. can undertake any project, from the conceptual phase through the detailed design and engineering to commissioning and start-up. Its qualified staff is available to provide the services required for project implementation, planning and monitoring. This includes equipment specification and selection, review of bids, selection of a contractor, project management, and related tasks. Vectech’s diverse work experience includes: an 80,000-square-foot expansion project; design and engineering of Biosafety Level 2 and Biosafety Level 3 laboratories; and the task of adding structural upgrades to a facility in California that was not up to California Earthquake Standards. Additional capabilities include: facility design; design review; HVAC; project management; plant surveys; CAD work; equipment transfer; automated systems; specification/standard writing; critical systems; equipment specification, selection; and negotiation, purchasing, and FAT. With an engineering clientele list that includes Allergen, Bayer, Bioport, Dentsply International, Ferro-Phanstiehl, King Pharmaceuticals, IMS, Perrigo, Pfizer, and Wrigley, Vectech has acquired the knowledge and skill set to ensure the success of its clients by actively participating in the design and implementation of pharmaceutical processes in areas such as aseptic processing, contamination control, dust control, clean-in-place, sterilize-in-place, dry heat and steam sterilization.

Vectech Pharmaceutical Consultants, Inc
Farmington Hills, MI