Q&A
Which industry spends the most on technology annually?

Advancing Design.
Facilitating Discovery.

Science is advancing hand-in-hand with design. For 60 years, LEO A DALY has partnered with top research institutions to create advanced spaces where the future is being shaped. By collaborating with the best, we've developed unparalleled expertise, while advancing the ability of our clients to do groundbreaking work and attract top talent. From high-throughput labs, to interdisciplinary facilities, educational environments, medical labs, and biocontainment, we are passionate about forward-thinking design. We work with our clients to create safe, adaptable, environmentally responsible, and efficient research environments to push the frontier of science and technology.

In 2010, 70 percent of all R & D spending in the U.S. was in the manufacturing industry.

In 2012, 64 percent of all R & D spending in the U.S. was for experimental development.

Science & Technology Leadership

Robert J. Thomas

Robert J. Thomas, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB

Market Sector Leader - Science & Technology

Profile

Bob excels in the planning and design of complex, next-generation research facilities that meet cost, safety, environmental, and flexibility requirements for the world’s leading research institutions. With experience spanning more than 30 years, he understands all facets of design, master planning, project management, and construction administration for a multitude laboratory projects. He is especially recognized for successfully managing fast-tracked design processes for the highly complex facilities and is well versed in academic and private research facilities including BSL2, BSL3, vivariums, and specialty lab spaces.

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J. Craig Carr

J. Craig Carr, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Vice President

Director of Engineering

Profile

Craig has provided leadership on a wide range of projects, including the planning, management, design and construction supervision of mechanical, plumbing and specialty systems, including biocontainment laboratories (BSL2, BSL3 and BSL4), animal holding and research facilities, clean rooms, research and development, manufacturing, healthcare, institutional, military and commercial facilities. His responsibilities have included overall project management, energy life cycle costing, HVAC design, plumbing and laboratory and medical piping systems, specialty gases and central plant heating and cooling distribution systems, along with applications requiring acoustical considerations. Craig has over 25 years of experience related to design of biomedical research and vivarium facilities, including fume hood and biosafety cabinet design and selection, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for biomedical research and vivarium facilities.

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Leslie M. Saunders, Sr.

Leslie M. Saunders, Sr., AIA, ACHA, LEED AP

Vice President

Market Sector Leader - Healthcare

Profile

Les leads the firm’s Atlanta healthcare team with a focus on consensus-driven planning and a commitment to each client’s needs, budget, design, and schedule. With almost 40 years’ experience, Les has worked on award-winning healthcare facilities for over 300 clients in 32 states and on 5 continents.  He has spoken extensively around the country on various topics in healthcare and campus planning and has contributed to numerous publications.  With five years of experience in a client role as the director of capital planning for a major academic and research institution, he is exceptionally qualified to perceive problems and solutions from the viewpoints of both the designer and the owner.

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