David Hronek

David Hronek

San Diego, CA, US



David E. Hronek is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive science + technology experience and recognized for his ability to deliver brilliantly planned, innovative and responsive spaces. With over 25 years of experience in a wide range of laboratory and vivaria facilities, including renovation, adaptive reuse and new construction, David has focused his career on the planning, design and construction of science and technology building types. Working for clients in the corporate, institutional, academic and government market sectors, he has directed, managed, programmed and designed many outstanding projects, including academic and biomedical teaching and research facilities, laboratories for health science, biotechnology and biopharmaceutical research and development, and advanced technology and engineering facilities. David successfully blends his knowledge of industry trends, regulatory changes, and emerging technologies and expertise in various lab typologies, planning approaches, and lab processes and systems in an ideas driven, results focused, collaborative planning and design dialogue integrating users, design and construction professionals delivering fresh, forward-thinking, and responsive solutions to every project in budget and on schedule with exceptional client service and satisfaction.

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 success in handling multiple project assignments, directing multidisciplinary teams, and marketing to current and prospective clients integrated design services, nurtured a range of diverse management and communication skills, keen sense for business development, leadership abilities, and an 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

Responsible for bringing innovative and green lab design solutions to clients in the higher education, government, corporate and institutional markets focusing on research and undergraduate science labs, high containment and animal facilities, clinical and health care related projects. As Owner/Principal, I offer clients an expert depth of knowledge in programming and planning; and detailed lab design and technical issues gained from over 25 years of extensive, first hand experience with a broad range of laboratory types

Apr 2009 - current

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

Discipline lead in the Science + Technology Studio responsible for directing project team activities for laboratory and advanced technology environments, including project programming, lab planning, detailed lab design and technical expertise, project documentation, and lab utilization and facility assessments. Involved in business development and marketing activities including proposal responses and project interviews.

May 2011 - Oct 2012

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

A senior member of the Science + Technology Studio responsible for project programming, lab planning & technical design expertise, lab related specifications, and engineering and specialty consultant coordination. Other responsibilities involved developing new clients, expanding the firm’s project portfolio, assisted in developing responses to project requests for qualifications and interviews, providing firm wide lab design and technical expertise, and studio staff mentoring.

Jul 2008 - Apr 2009

HDR 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

Feb 2004 - Feb 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 - Feb 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 - Aug 1983

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

Sep 1975 - Jun 1978

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