Take a sneak peek inside ASU's new Biodesign C building

December 21, 2017

Biodesign C, at Arizona State University's Tempe campus, is currently in its build phase and expected to open April 2018. Designed by ZGF Architects with acoustical and vibration consulting by Colin Gordon Associates, this is the third interdisciplinary science and technology labwithin the complex. Biodesign C will house the world’s first compact X-ray free-electron laser, and is expected to draw researchers and scientists worldwide. Biodesign B, which CGA also... More >>

Facility Profile: Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility — University of Chicago

December 19, 2017

The Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility, located in theUniversityof Chicago’s Eckhardt Research Center, is a new advanced imaging lab and cleanroom for processing hard and soft lithographic materials at the molecular level. Controlled Environments Magazine recently published an article detailing how CGA worked with HOK and The Univeristy of Chicago to create an underground high-performance, low noise and vibration labratory environment within the university's urban... More >>

Next-Generation Satellite Testing and Manufacturing

August 4, 2017

Lockheed Martin recently announced construction of a new 266,000 square-foot, $350 million satellite manufacturing facility near Denver, CO. The facility, for which CGA is providing vibration and acoustic consulting, is intended to consolidate key aspects of satellite production in a single facility. This consolidation brings multiple challenges from a noise and vibration standpoint, as numerous unique noise and vibration sources will be placed in close proximity to... More >>

CGA Helps “Green” Tech Buildings

May 16, 2017

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies selected two CGA projects for SmithGroupJJR as winners of their 2017 Green Good Design awards program (UC Merced Science & Engineering II, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Chu Hall). The awards celebrate exceptional design solutions that advance progress towards creating a healthier and more sustainable... More >>

U Waterloo Quantum-Nano Centre Honored

March 15, 2017

The Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre has been selected for the design excellence award by the Ontario Architects Association (OAA). This new laboratory facility, for which CGA provided vibration consulting, is designed to host numerous highly sensitive laboratories, including the Quantum Nano Fab, Institute for Quantum Computer (IQC) and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN). CGA provided significant input into the structural, mechanical, and architectural design in order to... More >>

2016 California Scottish Fiddle Competition - Colin Gordon Memorial

September 26, 2016

It's once again time for the annual California Scottish Fiddle Competition, which will be held on Saturday, October 8th on the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA. The event, part of the Seaside Highland Games for the seventh year in a row, is sponsored in part by CGA and is held in the memory of our company’s late founder, Colin Gordon. The goal of the competition is tofurther excellence in Colin’s most beloved art form: violins playing Scottish... More >>

CGA Project Receives Honor

April 7, 2016

National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), located at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY (on Long Island), was recently named “Best of the Best Higher Education/Research Project” by the construction-industry trade magazine ENR. The design team was headed by HDR Architecture, and CGA served as the vibration and acoustics consultant. Major conventional construction was completed in 2011, and the facility was dedicated in early 2015. CGA provided vibration... More >>

University of Arizona Cancer Center

March 16, 2016

A new Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Phoenix Biomedical campus has been built as a joint project between the University of Arizona Cancer Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Designed by ZGF Architects LLP and Hensel Phelps as part of a Design-build, the five-story, 220,000-square-foot building is the first in Phoenix to utilize a HVAC convection, chilled beam system in a clinical application. As one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, the... More >>

CGA Teams with ZGF for Award Winning Projects

December 18, 2015

Colin Gordon Associates was involved in two more award winning facilities! With over 70 entries contending in this year’s Best Projects 2015 Competition, a panel of experts from all walks of the engineering industry recently announced the winners of California’s Excellence in Safety Award and Energy/Industry Best Project Award. As one of the key players in both projects, lead design firm ZGF Architects LLP received these awards for their work on the UCLA Center for Health... More >>

New Research Center at University of Chicago

November 20, 2015

The official dedication of the William Eckhardt Research Center at the University of Chicago took place on October 29th 2015. The multifaceted Eckhardt research center is home to the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the University of Chicago’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, the Dean’s Office of Physical Sciences, and the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility. The seven-floor, 277,000-sq.-ft. building includes... More >>

New Science and Engineering Hall at GWU

September 4, 2015

CGA was involved in another award winning facility! George Washington University's new Science and Engineering Hall has won the Concrete Foundations Association’s Overall Grand Project of the Year Award! This new 700,000 square foot science and research building consists of fourteen floors in total, and is the largest academic building dedicated to these fields in the nation’s capital. Six of the floors are underground; two floors are research labs with floor to floor heights... More >>

CGA at Internoise 2015

July 21, 2015

CGA will be presenting two papers discussing some of our recent work at the upcoming Inter-Noise Congress in San Francisco, CA on August 9-12. Inter-Noise is the largest international gathering of experts in noise control engineering each year. The theme of conference, which is sponsored by the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE), is “Implementing Noise Control Technology.” The first paper, entitled “Construction Vibration... More >>

Progress on the Niels Bohr Science Park

February 12, 2015

The large concrete baseplate for the research basement at the Niels Bohr Science Park, which will bring together the science faculties at the University of Copenhagen, was recently completed. The casting of the baseplate took 36 continuous hours, and required 3,800 m3 of concrete. This required a concrete truck to arrive at the site every 4-5 minutes throughout the process. CGA worked with Ramboll Denmark to design the 53,000 m2 facility, which will contain various... More >>

Amick to Address Concrete Professionals

October 8, 2014

Hal Amick will speak on October 28, 2014 at a session on vibration-sensitive structures at the Fall Conference of the American Concrete Institute in Washington, DC. The rather lighthearted title, “Silk Purses out of Sows’ Ears: Concrete Structures for High Technology Research and Manufacturing,” refers to the role concrete is often expected to play when locating high-performance buildings in challenging vibration environments. Other speakers in the session will... More >>

Award Winning Parking Structure

September 29, 2014

CGA provided vibration consulting on the City of Santa Monica Parking Structure 6, which was recently recognized by the International Parking Institute as one of 2014’s best designs! The facility, honored as the Best Design of a Parking Facility with Fewer than 800 spaces, is located in the middle of downtown Santa Monica and “its impressive facade already has become a local landmark.” CGA provided consulting in the design of this facility to help minimize the... More >>

University of Cambridge MSM Nominated for BCI Award

September 22, 2014

One of CGA’s projects, the recently completed University of Cambridge Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy facility has been nominated for a British Construction Industry Award. The building was nominated as the Project of the Year in the £10 million to £50 million category. CGA provided acoustics and vibration consulting on the design of this facility, which includes the Wolfson Electron Microscopy Suite containing many highly sensitive Transmission... More >>


June 20, 2014

The role of acoustics is becoming increasingly important in sustainable design projects seeking LEED certification. As an acoustical consultant, Colin Gordon Associates is now bringing “more to the table” with regard to this process. While in the past the acoustical design could only be used to indirectly help achieve LEED credits in areas such as Energy and Atmosphere (EA) or Materials and Resources (MR), recent additions to the LEED certification program directly... More >>

CGA in the News

May 8, 2014

Even though it is only part-way through construction, the University of Chicago’s William Eckhardt Research Center (WERC) is starting to receive a great deal of attention. The new complex will replace and update the quarters of the world-renowned UofC Physics Department and provide a home for the school’s new Molecular Engineering group, which will address nano-scale research issues. CGA’s role on the low-vibration environment at WERC is explored in this on-line... More >>

Returning to CGA

May 5, 2014

Nat Wongprasert, PhD, is returning to CGA after a several-year hiatus to get a successful business off the ground. He and a friend opened a Thai restaurant in San Francisco in 2006, and not only did it survive (a rarity in the City) but it thrived! He missed engineering, and has returned to us as a Senior Consultant, and will be primarily involved in structural modeling and field work (as before) and some of the firm’s internal research projects. We will also be... More >>

CGA'S LEED Medal Count

April 29, 2014

Many CGA projects achieve LEED Certification: As of April 2014, 27 facility design projects using Colin Gordon Associates had achieved LEED Certification, including six projects awarded the coveted LEED Platinum status, and 14 LEED Gold. While LEED Certification is based on a variety of factors, requiring efforts by the entire team, there are a growing number of categories where an acoustical consultant can help create good acoustics for the point count. Read on for some of... More >>

CGA starts work on third particle physics facility!

January 3, 2012

Design work has begun on the second beamline for the Linear Coherent Light Source (LCLS II) at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). Design work is kicking off on the second beamline for the Linear Coherent Light Source (LCLS II) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). The prime designer is HDR Architecture. Accelerators are highly sensitive to vibration, and like this one, often built below ground. You can learn more about this facility at... More >>

Hal Amick receives award from IEST

September 25, 2011

The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology has named Hal Amick as a recipient of the 2011 Willis J. Whitfield Award, for his invaluable and frequently cited published... More >>

CGA providing services for new Novartis campus in China

July 1, 2010

CGA was selected to provide vibration and acoustics consulting for the new research campus being designed and constructed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Shanghai, China. The first phase involves seven buildings—a mix of laboratories and office buildings—each with a different major architect, with design progressing on each... More >>

Latest Research


April 18, 2012

Michael Gendreau’s recent focus has been on the impact of low-frequency sound (infrasound, or sound at frequencies below 100 Hz) on the research environment. He has given presentations at several conferences (Paris, Krakow, and Reno), and his work relating noise levels to resolution in high-end imaging systems will form the basis of a set of noise criteria proposed for inclusion in a new IEST Recommended... More >>

Voids beneath concrete slabs

April 18, 2012

CGA has seen an upturn in work related to non-destructive hammer testing of concrete slabs-on-grade, which documents the presence or absence of voids beneath the slab. (This can be due to either localized settlement or slab curling.) An article on this was published by several staff members in the July 2009 issue of Concrete International, and a more extensive paper is in peer review at the ACI Structures Journal (American Concrete... More >>

Long-Span Floors

April 18, 2012

CGA has a long history with long-span floors, primarily for fabs and flat-panel facilities, and mostly in Asia. These have unique dynamic features, and behave differently under localized excitation from loading such as footfall. As interest grows in non-semiconductor applications of these structures, where footfall takes on a greater importance (since heavy manufacturing equipment may not be present), it becomes more important to understand the basic dynamic properties of these... More >>

Concrete Damping

April 18, 2012

At long last, Hal Amick has completed the second of his two journal papers on the damping properties of concrete which document his research at Berkeley. The first was published in the May 2006 issue of Materials Journal of the American Concrete Institute and dealt with the damping properties of plain concrete. The second paper deals with enhancement of damping using polymer additives, and is in peer review at the same journal. Several minor publications have dealt with... More >>

Links to Scientific Discovery

Innovations in Semiconductor Development at the University of Waterloo QNC

February 22, 2018

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a technique that could potentially allow for the mass production of semiconductors made of single-walled carbon nanotubes. These carbon-based semiconductors have the potential to be cheaper, smaller, faster and more energy efficient than those made from silicon. This research was conducted at the University’s Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC), which opened in 2012 and is shared between the Institute for Quantum... More >>

Lab of the Year

May 21, 2014

One of the nation’s newest energy research facilities has been named R&D Magazine’s 2014 Laboratory of the Year. CGA was acoustical consultant to SmithGroupJJR for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. This is the second project by this team at... More >>

Recent Research from Facilities where CGA provided Consulting

April 18, 2012

NanoGUNE -Nanoscale infrared spectroscopy instrument gets a boost by a thermal source An instrument that allows for recording infrared spectra with a thermal source at a resolution that is 100 times better than convconventional infrared spectroscopy is now possible, thanks to a development by researchers from CIC nanoGUNE and Neaspec GmbH. See Detail >> Birck Nanotechnology Center – Purdue University A video tour of the Birck cleanroom narrated by John... More >>

2011 Lab of the Year

September 25, 2011

2011 Lab of the Year: CGA Involved in vibration and acoustics design of Lab of the Year: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (KAUST)—our third, and High Honors lab Eli & Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at the University of Southern California. Click here to see more... More >>