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With over 24 years of expertise in the Life Science industry, Akela Engineering & Consulting is a leading firm in designing cutting-edge research laboratories. Our portfolio includes over 200 academic laboratories for higher education institutions and over 400 private sector R&D and manufacturing facilities. Covering more than 5 million square feet of academic laboratory space and over 4 million square feet of private sector R&D space, our extensive experience speaks to our commitment to advanced engineering and exceptional energy performance.  

We understand the unique functional requirements of laboratory building systems and work closely with our clients to address their current needs while anticipating future changes driven by advancements in science and technology. Our facilities are designed to accommodate the evolving demand of the Life Science industry resulting in facilities that are both functional and sustainable. 


Alex Gines

Associate Vice President

David Nelson

Business Dev. & Operations Lead

IQHQ Research & Development District.

This innovative project, designed by Gensler and developed by IQHQ, occupies six city blocks and spans over 10 acres, making it the largest urban commercial waterfront site along California’s Pacific coast.


Clean Water Services – Research Innovations Partner Laboratory

Electrical engineering and consulting services for a 22,100SF water quality testing lab for Clean Water Services at Hillsboro, Oregon.

Edwards Life Sciences 1901 Building

The project involves creating electrical construction documents to improve the 1st floor of an existing building by converting 2 offices into 3 standard 10’ x 12’ offices.

Ellison Chemistry Laboratory

This project involves tenant improvements to Ellison Chem Lab building, including electrical, lighting, and technology systems design. 

What our clients say :

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Richard M. Heinz, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Vice President & Principal / Research Facilities Design (RFD)

During our work with the Akela Engineering & Consulting team on more than 150 projects throughout the U.S. over the past 20+ years, they have proven themselves to be creative engineers, reliable collaborators, and valued partners in support of our laboratory design practice. Their extensive experience and professional attitude has resulted in high quality work, completed in a timely manner, while providing engineering leadership in consultation with other A/E team members. It is always a pleasure to welcome them onto our team.