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Architectural and Design Services Firm O'Brien/Atkins Joins Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster


October 31, 2013

Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Architectural and design services firm O’Brien/Atkins Associates PA has joined the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) as a professional services member.

O'Brien/Atkins“O’Brien/Atkins and its chairman and CEO John Atkins have been at the forefront of every major economic development initiative in this region for more than 25 years,” said Lee Anne Nance, RTCC managing director and executive vice president of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, which created and manages the RTCC. “The cleantech cluster will benefit enormously from the company’s deep understanding of what it takes for a region to compete globally for jobs and investment as well as its expertise in design and sustainable development.”

O’Brien/Atkins specializes in designing corporate technology and advanced manufacturing campuses, which include offices, labs, high-tech/sci-tech facilities, as well as higher education and large public projects. The firm has designed campus master plans for many of the region’s corporate icons, such as Biogen Idec, Cisco, Eisai Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline, along with many of their buildings, said Jim Nichols, business development leader.

The company’s sweet spot is sustainable design, with virtually all of its architects and engineers LEED Accredited Professionals and its buildings recognized with all levels of LEED certification (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum).

“The cleantech cluster is a natural fit for us,” Nichols said. “As we design energy-efficient buildings and campuses, we integrate technologies that help our clients save money on energy and reduce their water and energy consumption. Many of those technologies are developed by cleantech companies right here in this region.”

RTCC membership will help the company stay on top of the technology innovations developed by regional companies as well as participate in deploying them in demonstration projects, he said.

“This will increase our company’s value to clients, generate business for local cleantech companies and help our region become globally known as the destination for cleantech innovation,” Nichols said.

Research Triangle Cleantech ClusterRTCC’s fall membership recruiting campaign continues. Anyone working in the cleantech economy can participate in the cluster network at no cost. Paying members receive greater access to global market leaders and opportunities to leverage the RTCC collaboration to expand their business. They also help RTCC develop solutions to industry challenges, such as talent recruitment, workforce development and policies that impact business growth. For more information, visit www.researchtrianglecleantech.org.

About O’Brien/Atkins Associates

O’Brien/Atkins Associates PA, a design services firm located in the Research Triangle Park region, provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture/master planning, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering services to science and technology, corporate and public clients. O'Brien/Atkins Associates is in its 39th year of practice and has provided design services to Avalon Pharmaceuticals, Biogen Idec, Cisco, City of Raleigh, Cree, Durham County, Eisai Inc., Eli Lilly, Glaxo, IBM, MCI, North Carolina National Guard, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, RTI International, Research Triangle Foundation, State Employees' Credit Union, The Hamner Institutes, the State of North Carolina, the University of North Carolina, Underwriters Labs and Wake County, among others. The firm, or its principals, has won more than 70 design awards and the three premier American Institute of Architects-North Carolina state chapter awards: Firm of the Year (inaugural winner), the William H. Deitrick Service Medal and the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal. For more information, visit www.obrienatkins.com.

About Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy through collaboration and partnerships that promote innovation and sector growth. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) formed and manages the RTCC with funding from industry board members ABB Inc., Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens and its members. RTRP is the public-private partnership that leads economic development strategy for the area within a 60-mile radius of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.researchtrianglecleantech.org.

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RTCC Contact: Lee Anne Nance, (919) 334-4075, lnance@researchtriangle.org

O’Brien/Atkins Contact: Patricia R. Perkins, Associate + Marketing Coordinator, (919) 941-9000 ext. 2012, pperkins@obrienatkins.com