David Edward Hronek

David Edward Hronek

San Diego, CA, US



David E. Hronek is a Senior Lab Planner/Designer and LEED Accredited Professional with extensive science + technology experience nationwide. Known for brilliantly planned, innovative, sustainable and adaptive spaces, David’s diverse portfolio of over 5.5 million square feet of complex, single and multi-phased laboratory and vivaria facilities epitomizes an accomplished career in the practice of architecture and laboratory design, centered on science, engineering/applied technology, allied health and healthcare science related facilities. As a project leader in . In tracking industry trends, regulatory changes, and emerging technologies, Dave successfully executes their design as a collaborative project team member providing considerable knowledge and technical expertise on a range of lab typologies, planning approaches, processes, equipment and casework systems. His ideas driven, results focused, planning approach engages end users, design team and construction professionals in an iterative process linking scientific program with facility needs providing valuable insight to assist client and design team to define programmatic and functional requirements, quantify issues and opportunities, and assess and prioritize decisions to fashion high performing, cost efficient environments.

Mr. Hronek is involved with several professional and trade & industry organizations, frequently speaking on the subject of laboratory planning and design. In response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Dave participated in the NIH-NCRR peer review panels for grant funds supporting construction and/or renovation of biomedical research facilities. Dave has hands-on programming, planning, and design experience with science + technology clients nationwide, focusing on research and undergraduate science laboratories, animal facilities and healthcare related projects. Notable projects completed under his design direction include the Wayne State University School of Medicine Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building, University of Florida Pathogens Research Facility, the Molecular Science & Engineering Building and U.A. Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University College of Medicine, Northwestern University’s Organic “Green Chemistry” Laboratory Renovation, the Getty Center (the Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Museum), and the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research - Emeryville (formerly Chiron Corporation Life Sciences Center), which was awarded R&D Magazines "Laboratory of the Year" Award in 1999.




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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