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Celebrating AEI Innovators & Inventors on International Women in Engineering Day 2022

Today we celebrate the amazing work and innovations of talented, inspiring women engineers across the globe as part of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED22). This Women's Engineering Society (WES) initiative seeks to raise awareness regarding industry representation and create a vital platform for showcasing current professionals and encouraging future engineering generations. In honor of the INWED22 theme — Inventors and Innovators — we are highlighting several individuals whose desi

Grail - Lab, Office & Warehouse

Dedicated to earlier cancer detection through innovative technologies, California-based healthcare company Grail sought to open a new location in North Carolina’s prominent Research Triangle Park (RTP). This state-of-the-art production and diagnostic testing facility features advanced laboratory space designed to support next-generation DNA sequencing and reagent manufacturing. Built in two phases, the first phase establishes laboratory, high-bay warehouse, and testing production space featurin

UCHealth - Steadman Hawkins Clinic

Designed to boost performance through sports medicine innovation and holistic care, the new, four-story University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver provides advanced orthopedic and physical rehabilitation services in a highly patient-focused environment. The facility includes an orthopedic clinic, advanced MRI and radiology imaging, surgery services with six operating rooms, and human motion analytics technology for optimized performance and injury prevention. Provi

Celebrating World Quantum Day

Today marks the first global celebration of World Quantum Day — an initiative that seeks to raise awareness and public understanding regarding quantum science and technology. The study of matter and energy at the most fundamental level, quantum physics helps deepen our understanding of the natural world — the building blocks of nature— while contributing to new technologies and innovations that advance humanity. As research and development initiatives continue expanding beyond the realm of labo

California Institute for Technology - Tianqiao & Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building

Designed to unite scientists and accelerate our understanding of the human brain, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) collaborated with an integrated design-build team to construct the new Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building (CNRB) on the northwest corner of campus. Part of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience, this world-class facility is sited to preserve open campus views while creating an iconic gateway for enhanced collaboration and int

Tradeline Spotlight on Next-Generation Design at Northwestern University’s Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center

A vibrant research hub decorating downtown Chicago and part of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center (SQBRC) was recently highlighted by Tradeline for pushing the boundaries of next-generation design and engineering. Balancing stringent sustainability goals with the energy-intensive demands of modern research labs and a constrained urban site, the LEED Gold-certified SQBRC presented several unique design ch

CARB Southern California Headquarters Named 2022 Commercial Real Estate Awards Honoree

AEI is pleased to announce the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) new Southern California Headquarters and emissions testing facility has been honored with a Gold Award for Sustainability in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2022 Commercial Real Estate Awards program. Highlighted for its cutting-edge, high-performance design, this Riverside-based facility — currently the largest zero-net energy building in the United States — is commended for its impact as an urban destination and beacon

Healthcare Design Highlights UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver

Recently highlighted by Healthcare Design for its focus on holistic care, the University of Colorado Health's (UCHealth) Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver provides comprehensive sports medicine services in a patient-centric environment. Emphasizing patient mobility, the building features six operating rooms, advanced imaging, an orthopedic clinic, human motion analytics technology, and physical rehabilitation services — including a state-of-the-art outdoor sports performance training center and pr

University of Virginia - Student Health & Wellness Center

Situated within the heart of the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Charlottesville campus, the new Student Health and Wellness Center brings together several core healthcare services into a centralized, cutting-edge academic facility that highlights the interconnection of social, physical, psychological, and environmental impacts on overall well-being. Maintaining a dual focus on health and energy efficiency, the building is designed to not only increase occupant wellness through purpose-built des

Cone Health Connecting Healthcare and Wellness Services

Bridging the gap between healthcare and well-being, Cone Health’s new Drawbridge Parkway MedCenter addresses the full continuum of care, providing comprehensive patient services in a centralized clinical facility. In addition to on-site emergency and primary care services, Drawbridge Parkway MedCenter features a state-of-the-art wellness center offering fitness equipment, group activities, cooking classes, and more.

AEI Attends Aggie Square Groundbreaking at UC Davis Medical Center

AEI was honored to attend the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of Aggie Square in Sacramento, California. Situated with the UC Davis Medical Center campus, Aggie Square establishes 1.2 million square feet of high-performance core and shell space across four new buildings featuring all-electric mechanical, electrical, and piping/plumbing infrastructure. With an emphasis on life science and collaborative research space, this project creates a highly accessible innovation dist

Major Adaptive Reuse Project Revives Historic Pittsburgh Landmark

Situated within Pittsburgh’s distinguished Automobile Row, The Assembly transforms a former Ford Motor Company Model T assembly plant into a modern hub for life science innovation and technology. A collaboration with Wexford Science + Technology, ZGF Architects, and Pivotal Lighting Design — this major adaptive reuse effort establishes an advanced platform for next-generation biomedical research while honoring the legacy of a historic community asset.

Robin Graves Recognized in Engineered Systems’ 20 to Watch: Women in HVAC Contest

AEI is thrilled to announce Mechanical Engineer and Department Facilitator Robin Graves was recently recognized in Engineered Systems’ 20 to Watch: Women in HVAC competition. Highlighting outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), this distinguished contest also seeks to call attention to increased representation across a traditionally male-dominated field.

The Universities at Shady Grove Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility Achieves Multiple Industry Awards

AEI is pleased to announce The Universities at Shady Grove’s Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility has recently been recognized in numerous industry awards programs. Characterized by engineering and design excellence, the innovative BSE sets a new global standard for diversity-driven, highly sustainable academic research settings — a flagship facility focusing on premier education and community impact. A testament to engineering and design excellence, the BSE has been re

Powering the Future: Optimizing Facilities for Lithium-Ion Battery Research & Development

Just as the 1950s-era invention of the integrated circuit revolutionized modern computing, the development of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology is accelerating energy optimization. Disruptive change is occurring at all scales — residential, commercial, and industrial — deployed for both stationary and vehicular applications. Significantly, this step-change in energy storage is allowing renewable energy sources to shine while ushering the automobile beyond the age of iron and combustion an

AEI Building Performance Expert Megan Gunther Speaks at Getting to Zero Forum

Did you know that buildings currently represent 39 percent of the global carbon footprint? With the goal of transforming built environments and creating a clean energy future, the New Buildings Institute's Getting to Zero Forum provides an engaging platform for educating, collaborating, and sparking action around global decarbonization goals. Joining a diverse panel of fellow industry experts at last fall’s event, AEI Building Performance Manager Megan (Gunther) Hardman spoke on overcoming the

University of Kansas Project Delivery Highlighted in Tradeline Feature

With millions of square feet of outdated facilities and associated infrastructure, keeping up with the ever-evolving demands of modern pedagogy was becoming an increasingly significant challenge at the University of Kansas (KU). To continue serving as a leading teaching and research institution, KU needed a fresh approach — an innovative funding model that not only provided the necessary financial support for such large-scale updates but did so in a timely fashion.

The Universities at Shady Grove - Engineering Building

An esteemed economic driver of the entire state, Montgomery County, Maryland, is widely recognized for its commitment to educational excellence and fiscal responsibility. Its premier institution, The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), serves as a centralized and regional academic hub — a convenient consortium of nine separate public university systems encompassing over eighty varying degree tracks across the state. With an eye toward the future, USG envisioned a landmark facility that would not

Reflecting on a Successful 2021 Internship Program

As we take time to reflect on the past year, we are delighted to share key highlights and first-hand takeaways from our 2021 internship program — AEI’s annual, experiential learning initiative that connects students with industry-leading engineering professionals across our firm. Intended to generate deeper excitement among students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), this engaging AEI program collaborates with universities across the country to

MEP Designers Engage Students in Immersive Campus Tour

AEI mechanical, electrical, and piping/plumbing (MEP) engineering designers Jeremy McKee and Chris Denton recently met with East Carolina University (ECU) undergrads in Greenville, North Carolina, to provide an interactive tour of the institution’s latest building addition — the Main Campus Student Center, or student union. Fostering an immersive, hands-on learning experience, this engaging event provided students enrolled in ECU’s design program an opportunity to discover behind-the-scenes ins
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