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Voices of HED - Matt McClellan
In recognition of the amazing people that make our firm exceptional, we asked our team some questions about their role and what inspires them and their work.

Today, we're recognizing Matt McClellan, RA, NCARB, an Architect in our Detroit office.

What was the most recent project you completed with HED? What did you learn on that project?
The Subaru Research and Development Center: I learned the difference between a greenfield project and a retrofit on a large scale. There are vast differences in the approach to designing a new testing facility than when you need to design a new test facility within an existing building.

What do you wish people outside the industry understood about your job?
It is a daily challenge educating the public on what it takes to design and build a facility. The public does not deal with it daily, and they are unaware of the complexities that go into building said structures. Many people believe that it is easy to construct a building from a schematic stage of a project; yet, there is much still required to identify to the contractor on how the structure needs to be built. Public safety is another item that requires much focus in the design phase, and many people are not aware of the things Architects must consider. One easy example is the staircase. If people were to think about it they would soon realize they are able to walk down a staircase without looking down at each tread. There is research and requirements that have been published that require even treads and a minimum and maximum riser limit. This is predicated on the natural step of a human being. Simple, yet still something we must consider when designing.

What do you love about your job?
The uniqueness of HED's Science & Technology studio. The S&T studio design facilities that most of the public will never see. Testing facilities, research and development facilities especially, are unique and fun.

What experience (project type, location, dream client etc.) do you hope to have before your career ends?
Working on a skyscraper during the Construction Document phase and the Construction Administration phase would be one thing that I would absolutely love to do at one point my career.