Tom Faucette to Lead Science & Technology Studio in Washington, DC

Tom Faucette - Headshot - Washington DC


SmithGroup, one of the nation’s leading integrated design firms, has elevated Tom Faucette to lead the Science and Technology studio in Washington, DC. Adding Faucette to this role strengthens the company’s position as a leading design firm of cutting-edge research environments in the Mid-Atlantic, across North America and internationally. Faucette, a principal, will be responsible for growing the firm’s share of the federal research, academic research, corporate R&D and mission critical markets in the region.

Faucette has nearly 20 years of experience in the planning and design of high-performance building systems and has been with SmithGroup for 17 years. His clients, including AstraZeneca, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the Internal Revenue Service, Old Dominion University, University of Delaware and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, among others, have benefitted from Faucette’s ability to develop resilient and sustainable critical building systems.

“Tom understands that the operational success of any research institution is core to its ability to fulfill its mission,” says Ed Burton, SmithGroup Science and Technology Practice Director. “He is uniquely suited for the role of guiding our clients in their journeys of scientific discovery.”

SmithGroup’s Science and Technology Practice encompasses a spectrum of specialty expertise, including planning, programming and design of academic research, corporate and governmental research and development, forensics, mission critical, and research parks and innovation districts. The firm ranks fourth in the nation according to Building Design + Construction magazine and has been recognized by R&D Magazine with eight Laboratory of the Year honors.

Faucette joins the practice’s leadership team to grow its position in the federal research, corporate R&D, academic research, forensics and mission critical markets, where clients include Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Data Center, National Institute of Standards & Technology, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), University of California San Francisco, New York Police Department (NYPD), Promega Corporation, Caris Life Sciences, General Electric, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions and Wanxiang Group Corporation.

Faucette’s expertise ranges from project leadership to programming and design of systems for corporate and federal workplace and research facilities, higher education campuses, federal service contracts, cultural campuses and facilities, international embassies and large-scale resorts.

Faucette earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park and holds both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a registered professional engineer in 11 states and a LEED accredited professional. He is a member of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). A cycling enthusiast, Faucette rides with the Squadra Coppi, a DC metro area bicycle club and supports various bike advocacy groups. Faucette is a native of Mebane, North Carolina and currently resides in Kensington, Maryland.

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