David Edward Hronek

David Edward Hronek

Redwood City, CA, US



Mr. Hronek is a Senior Project Manager/Design Manager and certified LEED Accredited Professional with extensive Science + Technology project experience. His offers a well-rounded and diverse career in architecture and outstanding credentials honed by “hands-on” involvement in over 5 million SF of world-class laboratory facilities for higher education, healthcare, government, and corporate clientele. Whether overseeing project design efforts as a discipline leader at one of the nation’s largest architectural firms, a contract professional working at the LA Unified School District, or an independent specialty consultant, David is comfortable working in fast paced, dynamic work environments and adeptly moves between multiple project assignments, leading multidisciplinary teams, and marketing professional services to clients. He brings unique skills and capabilities to managing the design process by working collaboratively with all project stakeholders and leveraging his extensive knowledge of industry trends, regulatory changes, and emerging technologies to find consensus and develop functionally appropriate, well planned and well-integrated facilities that provide maximum value for dollars budgeted.

Beginning at programming and conceptual design to design documents through construction, David is exceptionally proficient and technically current in a broad range of lab typologies and planning approaches, design and engineering complexities, familiarity with and applied knowledge of various lab and research service references, facility standards, and technical guidelines. He is involved with several professional, trade and industry organizations including; the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL). David is a recognized authority on lab planning and design and frequently has written articles, been interviewed, and addressed conferences on related topics as a subject matter expert.

 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.


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

HED, 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

Feb 2004 - Feb 2008

SmithGroup, 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

Honors and Awards: Insignis Scholarship award recipient, “Award of Merit” honoree - The Dean’s List 1982-83 edition.

Activities and Societies: Student Chapter AIA Member (1978-83) and Chapter Vice President (1980-81), Student Life Residence Hall Advisor (1980-1983), Office of Admissions New Student Recruiter and Guide.

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.


Areas of Specialization