David Edward Hronek

David Edward Hronek

San Diego, CA, US



David E. Hronek is a Senior Design Manager with extensive project experience and solid credentials in planning and design of facilities for institutions of higher education, healthcare, government, and corporate/commercial clients. A skilled facility programmer and space planner, David is known for successfully delivering brilliantly planned, innovative and responsive environments and seamlessly executing their design on schedule and in budget. Throughout much of his career, David has led, managed, and been "hands-on" involved in programming, planning and design of many notable and outstanding projects, specializing in learning, research and development, and preservation. As a collaborative project team member and discipline leader, David presents a fresh and forward-thinking approach to lab planning and design connecting project specific needs with experience based familiarity of industry trends, regulatory changes, and emerging technologies to help drive a consensus building creative discourse resulting in an appropriate and well-integrated design solution. His unique perspective and technical proficiency offers clients, end users, and design and construction professionals knowledgeable insight and practical guidance in developing and weighing alternatives, making reasoned and informed design choices, and prioritizing decisions throughout the design process.

 For almost two decades, Mr. Hronek has held senior-level, science and technology practice leadership positions at some of the nation’s largest architectural firms and responsible for such notable laboratory buildings as the Danforth Plant Science Center, Florida State University’s College of Medicine, the Getty Center (Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Museum), and the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research - Emeryville (formerly Chiron Corporation Life Sciences Center) awarded R&D Magazines "Laboratory of the Year" in 1999.

Throughout his career, David’s has demonstrated his capacity in handling multiple project assignments, directing or co-leading a multidisciplinary team(s), and ease at which he engages current and prospective clients in selling a firm's market experience and resource capabilities, design portfolio, and related integrated design services. His "hands-on" involvement in over 5 million square feet of renovated, adaptive re-use or newly constructed facilities helping to foster David's diverse range of management and communication skills, a keen sense for marketing and business development having built extensive network of professional connections in Southern California and nationally. He has served the industry in various roles, including external peer review for NIH grant funding proposals and funded projects, NFPA 45 technical committee alternate for the 1996 standard update, and collaborated with various federal and institutional clients in developing or updating laboratory design guidelines. David is actively involved with several professional, trade & industry organizations; frequently being interviewed, writing articles or speaking at conferences on the subject of laboratory and vivarium facility planning and design.



Chimera Collaborative, LLC, San Diego, CA, US, Owner / Principal

Principal Lab Planner/Designer and owner of a laboratory design consultancy providing specialized services to owners and architectural teams. Assist in developing functionally responsive, forward-thinking, and well-integrated cost-effective manner design solutions achieving project-specific needs and organizational goals. A collaborative team member providing focused guidance and direction, knowledge, and technical expertise in programming, planning and design of laboratory and vivarium facilities for projects with primary and secondary education, industry and governmental clients.

Apr 2009 - current

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) / Cumming Project Management, Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior Design Manager - Public/PM

Contract Professional working in the Los Angeles Unified School District's Facilities Services Division. Manages multiple project assignments through interaction with Architects, consultants and District personnel starting at project conception, through draft to final review, approval and handoff to LAUSD’s Project Execution group. Oversees the design process warranting compliance with LAUSD’s standards and guidelines, works with design professionals and various District administrators ensuring new and modernized facilities comply with current educational and building standards. Manages a rigorous project review process confirming the design meets overall goals and objectives, provides maximum value for dollars budgeted, and is functionally appropriate and responsive to the District’s needs. Coordinates on-going project activities with the Division of the State Architect (DSA) and other District organizational branches and departments as required so actions and decisions are made in a timely manner, properly documented, and that the documentation meets legal requirements.

May 2016 - Sep 2016

Harley Ellis Devereaux, San Diego, CA, US, Associate / Laboratory Planner

Science + Technology Studio discipline lead responsible for directing laboratory planning and design activities including facility programming, lab planning and detailed design documents, delineation and coordination of lab systems criteria, and equipment and casework systems selection. Active in marketing professional services to new and existing clients, professional and industry organizations networking and relationship building firm-wide, and successfully securing new projects including the $90M Wayne State University Integrative Biosciences Center (iBio) in Detroit, Michigan.

May 2011 - Oct 2012

Cooper Carry, Atlanta, GA, US, Senior Laboratory Designer

Senior member of the Science + Technology Studio involved in leading facility programming, lab planning & technical design activities on studio projects firm-wide, design documentation, lab equipment and casework specifications, engineering and specialty consultant coordination, and peer review. Instrumental in marketing and landing two significant projects with the State of Georgia.

Jul 2008 - Apr 2009

CUH2A, Inc., Atlanta, GA, US, Senior Associate / Senior Laboratory Planner

Project core team leader responsible for programming and planning, detailed lab design and technical issues, lab related specifications, engineering and specialty consultant coordination, facility assessments and project documentation at each phase of the design and construction process. Actively involved in business development activities, client relationship management, developing responses to project requests for qualifications and interviews, expanding the firm’s portfolio and market share, firm wide thought leader, and as industry conference speaker

Mar 2004 - Mar 2008

SmithGroupJJR, Washington, DC, US, Vice President / Science + Technology Studio Director

Responsible for developing new clients by working across other market sectors (Education, Healthcare, Government, and Corporate), diversifying and expanding the firm portfolio, design and technical expertise, and as an industry conference speaker. As a project principal, responsible for directing and providing lab programming, planning & technical design, and studio mentoring.

Mar 2003 - Mar 2004

HOK, Los Angeles, CA, US., Atlanta, GA, US, Principal, Senior Vice President, Science + Technology DIrector

Market Sector Leader responsible for maintaining and developing clients, developing responses to project requests for qualifications and interviews, expanding the firm’s S+T portfolio, design and technical expertise firm wide. As a HOK Atlanta principal, involved in strategic planning accountable for generating $2.1 million of net fee yearly. As project leader, directed design team efforts, provided project programming, lab planning & technical design, project documentation, and construction administration servicers including site visits.

Aug 1997 - Mar 2003

HKS / Science + Technology (formerly Earl Walls Associates), San Diego, CA, US, Project Manager / Laboratory Design Consultant

Project Manager and Lab Planner on a variety of lab types for clients nationwide on projects in higher education, private industry and government. Involved in project management, mentoring junior staff, developing new client markets and project types, laboratory programming, planning & technical design, and coordination with design team members.

Jun 1990 - Aug 1997

HOK, Tampa, FL, US, Senior Associate / Project Architect

Project Architect where I was involved in several project types including science and technology facilities for institutions of higher education statewide, convention centers, commercial office buildings and tenant fit-out and improvement.

Aug 1985 - Jun 1990

Fletcher, Valenti, Chillura & Puglisi, Inc.,, Tampa, FL, US, Associate / Project Architect

Project Architect where I was involved in several project types including healthcare, K-12 and higher education facilities, county and state jails, commercial office tenant fit-out and renovation.

Sep 1983 - Jul 1985


University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1978 - Dec 1983

Normandy High School, Parma, OH, US, High School, General Education / Advanced Placement

Sep 1975 - Jun 1978


2014 Professional of the Year, Worldwide Branding, Other

Professional of the Year representing the Architecture & Engineering Industry


Honored Member, Worldwide Branding, Honorable Mention



Strathmore's Who's Who, Honorable Mention

Inclusion in the 2003-04 edition of Strathmore's Who's Who limited to individuals who have demonstrated Leadership and Achievement in their Occupation, Industry, or Profession.


1999 "Laboratory of the Year" Award, Chiron Corporation Life Sciences Center, 1st Place

The Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for each year’s competition took place mid February and is conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

Project Profile
Project Manager, Lab Programming, Lab Planning: Located in the San Francisco Bay area, the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Emeryville (formerly known as the Chiron Life Sciences Center) focuses on research in oncology and infectious diseases. Here, more than 500 scientists and physicians work to understand key molecular pathways and develop small molecules or antibodies to target key nodes within pathways that, when defective, lead to disease. The NIBR Emeryville facility, designed by the late Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, is a 260,000 SF 6-story biotechnology research laboratory facility. Research labs support biochemistry, microbiology and life sciences; high-bay spaces on the first level house specialized support labs; lab types include microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, bioorganic/biophysics, and robotics.


Award of Merit, The National Dean's List, Award

Featured in the 1982-83 edition of the National Dean's List, a compendium recognizing the academic achievements of outstanding college students in America.


Insignis Scholoarship, University of Detroit Mercy, Scholarship

Annual awards for incoming freshmen enrolled at the University of Detroit Mercy. A merit-based academic scholarship awarded to students based on information provided during the application process including grade point average, ACT/SAT scores as well as leadership, service, and other extracurricular activities.Students must have a minimum 3.9 GPA and be U.S. citizens/permanent residents.


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