Research University Consortium Awards Assignment to The Design Channel

Universities Research Association enlists TDC to develop new main website

Washington, DC, April 9, 2016—David Franek, president and chief creative officer of The Design Channel (TDC), announced today that University Research Association (URA) has selected the firm to develop a more up-to-date, appealing, and functional primary website. URA manages and oversees operations of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), which houses one of the world’s highest-energy atomic particle accelerators, and Pierre Auger Observatory, a facility designed to detect ultra-high speed cosmic rays.

“URA is a leading research organization that enables groundbreaking particle physics research,” said Franek. “As such, it deserves an online presence that accurately reflects the innovation, vision, and thirst for discovery that drive the work it facilitates. We’re eager to help create a site that URA and its members will be proud to call their own.”

In addition to establishing a more engaging and informative website for URA, TDC will expand the site’s utility by developing a more streamlined and automated process for applicants to URA’s Visiting Scholars Program at Fermilab. TDC will also create intranet sites within the main site that provide URA board members and trustees access to protected and archived content. The site will be developed in the WordPress framework as a responsive design site with a content management system.

About Universities Research Association
Washington, D.C.-based Universities Research Association is a consortium of 89 research-oriented universities around the world. It was founded in 1965 at the behest of President Lyndon Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee and the National Academy of Sciences to plan, build, and operate facilities that advance physical and biological sciences. Today, URA and the University of Chicago co-own Fermi Research Alliance, LLC, which operates Fermilab, located in Batavia, Illinois and home to one of the world’s most powerful atomic particle accelerators. URA also manages the Pierre Auger Observatory, a research center in Argentina that detects ultra-high-energy cosmic rays. More than 500 physicists from nearly 100 scientific institutions work at the observatory.

About TDC
With offices in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; and Atlanta, Georgia, The Design Channel ( provides a full range of integrated creative services, including branding, marketing communications and advertising, digital content marketing, and broadcast and interactive media.

David Franek