The team from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 201 recently celebrated the topping out ceremony – reaching a significant milestone in the design and construction process.
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This iconic building will house the Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD), an innovative and creative organization at the heart of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s current research and development team.
Jim Schatz, Head of Research & Exploratory Development, gave an inspiring speech during the ceremony. A few of his remarks are below.
“Today we reach an exciting milestone in the journey from design to construction of an amazing new facility here at APL which we usually refer to simply as Building 201. We envisioned a new kind of laboratory facility for APL … A building that would be an active and inspirational part of the innovation process. A building where you could walk down the central hallway, look up, and see blue sky…”
“For many decades to come, scientists and engineers of all kinds will come to this facility to invent the future through imaging, discovering, disrupting and realizing solutions to some of the greatest challenges our country has ever faced.”
A few photos from the ceremony:
We wanted to take a moment and reflect on the office’s 35 years in the DC area, and also re-introduce our practice and highlight the amazing things happening in our office through our clients, markets, culture and people. In 2019, we will focus on one of these topics each quarter and give you insights into how we are evolving to meet the challenges of our world.
Looking back for a moment…
Our history in DC began with the acquisition of Faulkner, Fryer and Vanderpool Architects in 1984. At that time, CannonDesign was expanding and growing — with five offices and 280 people — but still much smaller than what we are today.
We have been extremely lucky to develop incredible client relationships over the years, working with so many notable Washington, DC institutions in all major sectors including hospitals, corporations, schools, universities and government entities.
And leaping forward in 2019…
In 2019, we will focus on one of these topics each quarter and give you insights into how we are evolving to meet the challenges of our ever-changing world.
- Clients – We plan to feature the incredible clients we have partnered with to create lasting change in their organizations. We can’t wait to hear from them.
- Markets – We are excited to see the fusion of markets and blurring the lines between science, education, corporate and health. We will explore this growing trend through interviews, project features and market research.
- Our Culture – We are so proud of our culture here. We will highlight how we are advancing the practice with innovative technologies, leading sustainable strategies in the built environment and integrating our services and project delivery methods to better serve our clients.
- Our People – Our people are most important to us. We have an incredible amount of new talent and we can’t wait to share their stories with you.
Do you like cake?
To celebrate all of you — our clients, stakeholders, partners and friends — we will be holding an anniversary party in Fall 2019. We’ll have interesting conversations, networking opportunities and, of course, cake.