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Laboratory Design Conference: Meet the Speakers
MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor
As the 2016 Laboratory Design Conference approaches, we invite you to get to know the professionals who will be delivering the event’s feature presentations. Laboratory Design interviewed
some of the experts who will be leading sessions at this year’s conference.
Robert Rice, AIA, is Vice President of Architectural Services at CRB, with 33 years of design
and construction industry experience. Robert
will be speaking on the topic of “Details Count:
An Architect’s Perspective on Design Details.”
Laboratory Design (LD): How did you first
get into your field?
Robert Rice (RR): I have always been in-
volved in the Arts. My undergraduate degree
was a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. I viewed my graduate
work in the discipline of architecture as a natural furtherance of
my investigation into the molding of material, space and form to
enhance and impact the human experience.
LD: What’s a common mistake made by those working on design-ing/constructing a laboratory?
RR: Attention to detail is the hardest of all design- and construc-tion-related endeavors. We are ceaselessly striving to balance the
schedule, cost and technical accuracy related to both the unseen
and obvious features that are most important to the successful use
of the facility by the occupants.
Katherine Everett, PE, LEED AP, is a principal who leads the mechanical engineering
team at SMRT Architects and Engineers.
Kate has a special interest in designing
mechanical systems that provide sustainable,
energy efficient designs that are cost-effective
and operationally sound. Kate’s presentation
is entitled, “Lab Design and Renovation:
LD: What was your favorite college class?