O`Brien/Atkins Associates, P.A.

O’Brien/Atkins Associates, PA, is an architectural/engineering firm with corporate headquarters in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Founded in 1975, O’Brien/Atkins has distinguished itself as a leader in the architectural and engineering services industry. In addition to providing architecture and MEP engineering design services, O’Brien/Atkins offers building systems analysis, facility energy audits, engineering studies, feasibility studies, energy modeling, life cycle cost analysis, payback analysis, and savings verification. Clients include Fortune 500 corporations, fast growth start-ups, major institutions and government agencies. O’Brien/Atkins is a member of USGBC and our energy and environmental design program is led by 27 LEED Accredited Professionals in all four of our practice disciplines.

Company details

5001 S Miami Blvd , Durham , North Carolina 27703 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Engineering service provider
Industry Type:
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
$10,000,000 US - $100,000,000 US

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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O’Brien/Atkins has won more than 60 design awards and was the inaugural winner of the American Institute of Architects-North Carolina Firm of the Year award.  Its team of professionals provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, master planning, and mechanical/ electrical/ plumbing engineering services to life science and high technology corporate and public clients.

Detailed design services encompass architecture, project management, interior design, landscape architecture, master planning, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and construction contract administration.

At O’Brien/Atkins we believe…

  • We are a business and will behave and make project and firm decisions accordingly and with honesty and integrity
  • We are a self-sustaining firm with an identity and life focused on leading in the evolution of design services
  • In creative solutions that include and extend beyond the traditional aesthetic role of architecture
  • In leading, educating, managing and challenging clients
  • That the power of collaboration is greater than the power of the individual
  • In exceptionally talented people serving the needs of the firm
  • Equitable relationships between employees and the firm that acknowledge commitments to lives beyond work.

  • Quality Product – design, services and documents
  • Satisfied Client – external as well as internal
  • Satisfied Team – well-managed and led allowing for professional fulfillment
  • Acceptable Profitability – providing services within fee

Sustainable design begins with an understanding of the interrelationship of individuals, communities, the built environment, and the natural environment.  This understanding helps direct strategic design solutions that efficiently promote comfortable and healthy individual and community experiences while minimizing ecological impact.

O'Brien/Atkins' commitment to sustainability ranges from structured approaches, such as positioning projects for the US Green Building Council's LEED  (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, to more informally educating clients on ways in which sustainable design strategies may contribute to achieving the team's overall goals for the project.  With over 20 LEED Accredited Professionals spanning all of our disciplines, O'Brien/Atkins boasts a powerful 'Green Team' with the expertise to serve our clients well.

Our longstanding commitment to a collaborative design process makes it simple for O'Brien/Atkins to practice sustainable design.  Our in-house team of architects, interior designers, landscape architects and planners, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers is able to meet frequently, early in the project planning phases.

This early interdisciplinary collaboration is key to creating cohesive, efficient designs.

Some examples of sustainable design strategies include:

  • Selecting a site that is optimal for development, while minimizing the built environment's impact
  • Using native plants for shade, water retention, erosion control and aesthetic impact
  • Improving the energy performance of a building by siting it to increase daylighting and minimize power needs
  • Understanding power needs early enough in the design process to design to optimal energy loads
  • Incorporating lighting controls to save energy, for example: daylight harvesting, time clock and photocell controls, and occupancy sensors
  • Selecting furnishings and floorings with minimal 'off-gas'
  • Providing workers access to individual task lighting controls and operable windows so people can use what they need
  • Designing buildings with an eye to low-impact future renovation or incorporation in a long-term expansion plan


  • UNC Greensboro School of Education

LEED Silver

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LEED Certified

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Registered for LEED and in process

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