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Research Facilities Design (RFD) is a firm of laboratory design consultants focused exclusively on the programming and design of laboratory buildings for industry, healthcare, research and education. Since 1984 RFD has provided laboratory design services for over one thousand projects in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, and Egypt. These projects represent a wide range of facility and client types, including Biomedical, Bioscience, Physical Science, Engineering and Nanotechnology Research, University and College teaching facilities for private and public institutions, and research facilities for research institutes. The firm has also provided laboratory design services for Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical companies and a variety of research buildings for the Federal Government.

Malcolm Barksdale

3965 Fifth Avenue
Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92103-3107
United States


In the News

Cal Poly Humboldt Plans Engineering & Technology Building

Published 2/15/2024

Cal Poly Humboldt is planning to construct the $100 million Engineering & Technology Building in Arcata, Calif. Designed by AC Martin to promote experiential learning, the 74,000-sf facility will feature multipurpose labs and classrooms equipped with adaptable room technologies for optimal programmatic flexibility. The three-story structure will offer a range of research venues, collaboration spaces, and gathering areas, as well as an interdisciplinary maker space that opens onto an outdoor fabrication zone.

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University of Portland Opens Shiley-Marcos Center for Design & Innovation

Published 2/9/2024

The University of Portland opened the $40 Million Shiley-Marcos Center for Design & Innovation in January of 2024. Designed by Opsis Architecture with Research Facilities Design (RFD) as laboratory design consultant, the 43,800-sf building features collaborative environments for hands-on learning and discovery. The cross-disciplinary structure provides maker spaces, ideation studios, prototyping and fabrication suites, a propulsion and combustion lab, and dedicated shops for working with metal, wood, and electronics.

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Cascadia College and UW Bothell Complete Construction on Innovation Hall

Published 12/5/2023

Cascadia College and the University of Washington Bothell completed construction in November of 2023 on the $79 million Innovation Hall. Located on the schools' joint campus, the 80,000-sf building offers each institution 21,500 sf of program space and 5,000 sf of shared amenities. Mithūn designed the collaborative facility to foster active and inclusive learning in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and electrical and mechanical engineering.

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Carnegie Mellon University Plans Richard King Mellon Hall of Sciences

Published 11/27/2023

Carnegie Mellon University will break ground in early 2024 on the $252 million Richard King Mellon Hall of Sciences in Pittsburgh. Designed by ZGF Architects with Research Facilities Design (RFD) as laboratory design consultant, the 338,900-sf complex will advance a new era of data-driven research, cross-disciplinary education, and creative expression.

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North Carolina State University Breaks Ground on Integrative Sciences Building

Published 9/8/2023

North Carolina State University broke ground in September of 2023 on the $180 million Integrative Sciences Building in Raleigh. Designed by ZGF Architects and Moseley Architects, the 164,947-sf facility will provide leading-edge environments for programs in chemistry, biochemistry, and biological sciences. The collaborative five-story structure will offer two floors of teaching labs, as well as an advanced research floor integrating physical and life sciences in a way not possible anywhere else on campus.

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