Vertex’s state-of-the-art San Diego expanded research hub

Dir, Operations-Facilities

Vertex Pharmaceutical’s expanded 170,000-sf San Diego research & development hub serves as a benchmark for private industry’s latest thinking on laboratory and research space configurations. Jeff Barbee sets out what Vertex wanted to achieve with the expansion in terms of researcher recruitment and scientific workspace productivity, and how that translated into space allocations, adjacencies, support and collaboration zones. He examines dedicated areas for an incubator suite that will tap into regional biotech talent and synergies, and a learning lab for science, technology, engineering, arts and math education programs.