Buildings overview

Delivering fully integrated results for buildings.

Today’s projects are increasingly complex, requiring a fully collaborative team approach. To get the best results, clients are seeking architects and engineers who are creative and practical in equal measure. Whether a project is large or small, new construction or renovation, Jacobs is focused on client success and on creating buildings of enduring value. Our ability to deliver any or all of the required professional services under a single contract is a tremendous benefit for owners; offering a better coordinated, more efficient process from start to finish.

Offering fully integrated professional services for a broad range of clients and project types worldwide -- Jacobs is recognized not only for design and construction excellence, but also for leadership in technology, process innovation, and sustainability. We work closely with each and every client to create buildings that provide exceptional value.

Jacobs provides planning, architecture, interior design, engineering, construction management, program management, and design-build of new buildings; as well as expansion, renovation and refurbishment of existing facilities for public and private sector clients. 

Jacobs' specialized consulting teams for asset management, site development, laboratory planning, commissioning, procurement, energy & power, and workplace strategy help determine the most appropriate design and construction options, improve operational efficiencies, and advance environmental goals. With our global network, we are able to deliver unparalleled resources, develop integrated programs and draw from a diverse pool of talent to design and execute any type of building.



New challenges for educational facilities.

higher education

An explosion of new knowledge, sophisticated technology, an enrollment boom, and the need to connect with an increasingly diverse population are having a profound effect on how educational institutions shape their curricula and expand their campuses. Classrooms, laboratories, libraries, dormitories, athletic facilities, and other educational buildings are being re-thought and re-engineered from the ground up, creating spaces that promote a distinctive and engaging sense of community for students and faculty alike. 

The challenges presented by academia are as unique as they are complex. Design and construction must reflect a sensitive balance between building issues and those involved with a broader campus or neighborhood environment. 

Helping institutes of higher education and K-12 school districts of all sizes, Jacobs delivers safe, 21st century learning environments for academic growth and excellence. We design and build successful educational facility programs founded on the latest thinking in educational planning, understanding of clients’ communities, and experience in successful project delivery. 

Jacobs offers cradle-to-grave services including programming, planning, architecture & engineering design, project management and construction management for public and private institutional clients in what we consider to be the five cornerstones of the campus environment: Academics, Science & Technology, Student Life, Campus Life, Parking & Infrastructure, and Energy & Power facilities. Our “total team” approach is the key to meeting our education clients’ unique challenges and in helping them find the right balance of creativity and reliability.

The English Heritage, Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Wiltshire, England, UK
University of Texas at Arlington, College Park, Arlington, TX, USA
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Steinberg Hall-Deitrich Hall, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Emerson College, Piano Row Residence Hall, Boston, MA, USA
University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, USA
University of Texas at Tyler, University Center Renovation/Expansion, Tyler, TX, USA
St. Lawrence University, New Science Facilities, Canton, NY, USA
University of North Texas System, University of North Texas Business Leadership Building, Denton, TX, USA

Healthcare & research

Flexible, adaptable healthcare and research facilities.

Research and innovation continuously drive transformation in the healthcare & research industries, which directly affects facility design. With changes in demographics, nursing models, patient journeys, codes and licensing standards, and advances in medical research; Jacobs' design and project management professionals understand the challenges clients face in managing their healthcare environment. We help clients maintain high patient care standards and promote patient safety and efficiency with solutions that can also help improve recruiting and retaining the best doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff. 

From entire hospital campus developments to community healthcare resources, primary care clinics and laboratories, Jacobs designs and constructs state-of-the-art facilities that are flexible and adaptable to allow for evolving medical technologies and delivery of healthcare services. 

Jacobs approaches the design of science and technology research based facilities with its primary goal being the creation of an environment that facilitates scientific discovery, while adhering to strict standards of safety. We measure the value of our design on the success rate of pharmaceutical research, on the continued growth and contribution of students of science, and on advancements made within environments that we have authored that positively impact the wellbeing of mankind. 

Our integrated architecture and engineering approach focuses on understanding the complexities in the design of structures highly dependent on sophisticated and intricate systems, and on a belief that it is possible to resolve the distribution requirements in concert with the creation of a work environment rich with afforded experience.

Jacobs' specialized laboratory consulting team provides strategic and master planning, programming,  design, and construction documentation services for top-tier academic, government, and corporate research, development, and teaching lab facilities across the full spectrum of biological, biomedical, chemical, and applied and theoretical engineering disciplines. Our expertise also includes vivarium design.

Using data collected about current building systems and the activities of laboratory users, we create a functional program to describe the client's operational requirements. Through innovations in programming, layout execution, equipment expertise, and quality control we refine and define the leading edge of laboratory and research facility design.


National Institute of Health, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Bethesda, MD, USA
Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH), Building Services, Southport, Queensland, Australia, GCUH Engineering JV (Jacobs and Aurecon)
Emory University, Health Sciences Research Building, Laboratory planning services, Atlanta, GA, USA
DuPont, China Research & Development Center Expansion, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Rush University Medical Center, The Tower Transformation Project, Program and construction management, Chicago, IL, USA
University of Southern California, Eli & Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine at U.S.C., Laboratory planning services, Los Angeles, CA, USA
DuPont, Building 735, Full A/E design services, Wilmington, DE, USA
Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center, Program and construction management, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Princeton University, Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Laboratory design services, Princeton, NJ, USA
District of Columbia General Services, Consolidated Forensic Laboratory, Program and construction management, Washington DC, USA
Arizona Department of Administration, Forensic Hospital, Full A/E design services, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Washington Univeristy St Louis, Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, Laboratory planning services, St. Louis, MO, USA

Corporate commercial & retail

An integrated approach to corporate, commercial and retail building design.

Jacobs approaches corporate, commercial, and retail building design without a predetermined vocabulary or a pre-existing agenda. We are committed to environmentally sensitive design and incorporate sustainability evaluations throughout our design process; constantly learning new technological tools that facilitate coordination and substantiate the impact of decisions. Our integrated approach to design allows our interior designers, architects, engineers, project managers and construction managers to work together to create advanced office and retail building environments.

With a real-world understanding of our clients’ requirements for financial success and assets with enduring market value; Jacobs works to develop design solutions that best meet their goals, align with the local market, and achieve the unique place-making qualities of each project with ultimate flexibility and highest efficiency for the users.

Jacobs projects include a diverse range and scale of building types; from high-rise offices to urban infill, retail space to mixed-use projects that are distinct, exuding a level of detail, materials, and finesse that enrich their environments. We design towers in cities, corporate headquarters on greenfield sites, infill buildings in brownfield developments, and adaptive reuse in existing structures. We plan for the possibilities of expansion and factor in exit strategies; and design and construct all facets of the retail sector, from new stores, restaurants, and mixed-use developments to tenant improvements, expansions, renovations, and re-branding/re-imaging programs.

DuPont, Project Renaissance, Building 730, Wilmington, DE, USA
Management Committee of Changchun Jingyue High-tech Development Zone, Tsinghua Financial Park Conceptual Design, Changchun, People's Republic of China
Leeds City Council, Northern Ballet Phoenix Dance Theatre Headquarters, Design and Program and construction management, Leeds, UK
Zeiss, Family Eyecare of Glendale, full A/E design services, Glendale, AZ, USA
CVS/Pharmacy Corporation, CVS/Pharmacy, full A/E design services, Multiple Locations, USA
Jones Lang LaSalle, Southeast Financial Center Lobby Renovation, full A/E design services, Miami, FL, USA
Humberside Police, Divisional Headquarters, Design and Program and construction management, Hull, UK
Whole Foods Market, Inc., Whole Food Market, full A/E design services, Various Locations, New England, USA
Skanska, Philadelphia Headquarters, full A/E design services, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Specialized services in:

  • Site development
  • Prototype design and development
  • Interior design
  • Lighting design
  • Environmental graphics

Mission critical

Reliable, efficient and dependable mission critical facility design.

High-technology, mission critical design is at the core of our practice. Jacobs provides integrated planning, architecture, engineering, project and construction management for information technology facilities. 

Our intimate experience with facilities reliability allows us to carefully select electrical systems and components that optimize power distribution with energy efficient UPS’s, transformers, and power supplies while providing multiple levels of availability in the same space. Our engineering team integrates rack-and-server solutions into our facilities’ infrastructure to optimize new highly efficient IT with closely coupled cooling and power delivery schemes to minimize the demand for power, space, and cooling.

In concert with our design professionals, Jacobs' program and construction management staff provide value-added insights to the designs and advise on construction procurement vehicles, scheduling, and costs. Our success is built using a collaborative, flexible team structure that begins with being a reliable and trustworthy partner to clients. Tailoring our approach to align with clients’ programs, we leverage our proven and established best practices and processes to drive outcomes.

Read more about our thoughts on Best Practices In Data Center Space Planning in the April 2016 issue of Mission Critical Magazine.

Chinese Academy of Science, Information Science Building Competition, full A/E design services, Beijing, People's Republic of China
Confidential Client, Regional Transmission Organization Center, full A/E design services, Pennsburg, PA, USA
University of Florida, Data Center at East Campus, full A/E design services, Gainesville, FL, USA
City of Raleigh, The Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center, full A/E design services, Raleigh, NC, USA
BD Technologies, Data Center and Office Expansion, full A/E design services, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
University of Florida, Data Center at East Campus, full A/E design services, Gainesville, FL, USA

Facility types include:

  • Traditional data, command, & control centers
  • Trading and call centers
  • Business-hosting facilities
  • Computational research facilities
  • Hardened military and strategic command centers
  • Civilian emergency-response centers
  • Mission-critical utility-infrastructure facilities

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The leading edge of government facilities and infrastructure.

With more than six decades supporting government clients and programs, Jacobs' experience includes the design, construction, management and operations of virtually all types of government facilities and infrastructure. As a strategic partner to clients, we keep abreast of evolving government criteria, stay invested in technological advances, and provide cost-effective sustainable solutions for old and new facilities worldwide. Our portfolio includes repeat work from all branches of the military, the non-military government agencies, and the intelligence community.

General Services Administration, FBI Miami Field Offices, Program and construction management, Miramar, FL, USA
California Department of General Services, Caltrans District 3 Office Building Replacement, Program and construction management, Marysville, CA, USA
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Louisville District, Schriever AFB 310th Wing HQ, full A/E design services, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Air Force Villages, Inc., Military Retirement Community, A/E design services and program and construction management, Robins AFB, GA, USA
General Services Administration, San Diego Federal Courthouse, Program and construction management, San Diego, CA, USA
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Louisville District, Robins Air Force Reserve Command Headquarters Complex, Planning, programming, value engineering, cost estimating, Robins AFB, GA, USA
General Services Administration, Christopher S. Bond US Courthouse, Commissioning and Program and construction management, Jefferson City, MO, USA
California Department of General Services, Metropolitan State Hospital Department of Nutrition Services, full A/E design services, Norwalk, CA, USA
General Services Administration, United States Mission to the United Nations Building, Commissioning and Program and construction management, New York, NY, USA
General Services Administration, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Program and construction management, Gulfport, MS, USA
Confidential government Client, government Agency Campus Philadelphia, full A/E design services, Philadelphia, PA, USA
NAVFAC Marianas, Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, full A/E design services, Santa Rita, Guam
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station, full A/E design services, Bisbee, AZ, USA
General Services Administration, E. Barry Prettyman US Courthouse, Program and construction management, Washington DC, USA
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Louisville District, Army Reserve Center, full A/E design services, Los Alamitos, CA, USA

For our non-military government clients, Jacobs offers support of the entire project lifecycle, from strategic planning through construction and asset management of facilities and infrastructure.

With a deep understanding of the requirements for the design and delivery of federal facilities, Jacobs' experience include solutions for new construction, renovation, historic preservation, and the development of large complex campuses. In the United States, we have supported major programs and projects for the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Department of State, Federal Aviation Administration, General Services Administration, Internal Revenue Service, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Intelligence Agencies, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Our designs for public buildings present a symbolic presence while resolving the crucial requirements of our physical presence in the United States and abroad.

Jacobs provides our depth of services to defense clients through multimillion-dollar framework contracts for real estate consulting; advance planning; asset management; architecture; interior design; workplace solutions; all disciplines of engineering; program & construction management;commissioning services; and construction.

For the U.S. Department of Defense, our global reach enables Jacobs to support the implementation of the U.S. military’s mission in diverse climates and geographies worldwide with buildings projects in the United States, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Our architects, engineers, planners and consultants apply their knowledge of unique/unusual location-specific issues from project planning through execution.