John McDonald

Principal, Oakland

John is a principal and mechanical engineer specializing in high performance design for deeply sustainable laboratories. John has designed multi-disciplinary facilities for biological, chemistry, forensics, genetics and behavioral sciences research; greenhouse facilities for research; multi-species vivariums; cleanrooms, ABSL-3+, and BSL-3+ facilities. As the mechanical team lead for Integral Group’s Oakland design studio, John provides oversight on dozens of projects and mentors engineers of all levels. He takes pride in working with junior engineers and encouraging them to step outside their comfort zone. His favorite activity with his team is problem-solving on a whiteboard – solving not just for the mechanical team or on the path of least resistance, but determining the best solution for the project and the client.

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