Roadmap to Successful R&D Campus Development

January 29, 2014
11 a.m. 12 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time


New research and development (R&D) communities are emerging in urban areas around the country. As these communities emerge, they find that local infrastructure is not equipped to support their needs. The roadblocks to a successfully integrated infrastructure system are numerous, requiring involvement and approvals from myriad regulatory agencies and jurisdictional authorities, each with oversight of a small part of the complex assembly of utilities. In addition to these roadblocks, R&D campuses also require capital investment in systems that can accommodate the rigors of research operations. Herein lies an opportunity for utilities to undergo a significant market expansion, as well as for local jurisdictions to see increased revenue.

During this presentation, David Green of Perkins+Will will discuss collaboration among the various players involved in infrastructure development for successful R&D campuses, including the funding of pre-development utilities and services. By viewing this webinar, participants will learn:

  • What hurdles are typically encountered in pursuing the development of R&D campuses in and around major population centers and what options can be utilized to ensure a thorough understanding of the challenges and benefits of a research park.
  • How to leverage growth and balance new opportunities with local community services, including planning boards, utilities, and educational institutions, and gain the support in a community with diverse interests.
  • What engineering and architectural strategies can be pursued to maintain or enhance local and regional infrastructures (e.g., water and sewer, power, transportation).
  • How to engage the interests of regional and national financial and academic institutions to support the initial capital and the life-cycle operational needs of the facility.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL if you would like to receive a professional development credit for viewing the webinar.

Instructor Biography

David Green focuses on large-scale planning and urban design projects for Perkins+Will. He has been involved in hundreds of projects in the past 20 years, encompassing all scales of development from individual buildings to projects on thousands of acres. His work focuses on issues of development, particularly the creation of health and research districts in urban areas and the metrics that facilitate the success of these districts. He further addresses the regulatory framework within which this development occurs, and provides innovative strategies for appropriate policy implementation that allows for the seamless incorporation of research- and healthcare- specific elements in new districts. David received the AIA Atlanta Silver Medal in 2003 and the AIA Georgia Bronze Medal in 2008. David was a member of Georgia Tech College of Architecture Faculty from 1992-2013; appointed Professor of the Practice of Architecture, where he taught studios focused on research at the building level and as urban design studios. He is currently located in both the Atlanta and London offices of Perkins+Will, leading planning efforts in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He lectures widely on issues of urban design, planning, and architecture.


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