Research and Development

  • Genentech plans to double its R&D space with three new buildings at the company’s South San Francisco campus.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of Atlanta recently selected McCarthy of St. Louis to construct its $132-million Building 18, the Emerging Infections Diseases Laboratory.

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  • GlaxoWellcome's Merger Memories Help With Upcoming SmithKline Beecham Union

    GlaxoWellcome, just completing the last of 47 facilities integration projects resulting from its 1995 combination with Burroughs Wellcome (BW), is again facing a monumental task--its pending merger with fellow United Kingdom pharmaceutical powerhouse SmithKline Beecham (SB). With the approval of government regulators, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the deal would create the world's largest drug company, with annual sales of about $27.2 billion and a yearly R&D budget of approximately $3.8 billion.

  • Corporate Mandates Rein In Efforts

    The merger of facilities on the Glaxo and Burroughs Wellcome campuses in Research Triangle Park was a Herculean effort of cultural integration, logistical maneuvering, and time management. In embarking on a project that would span more than four years, move thousands of workers, and physically bring together two major players in the international pharmaceutical business, GlaxoWellcome's facilities integration team (FIT) was also tested by corporate mandate. One executive directive held that the project would include absolutely no new construction--meaning that each of the merged company's business groups had to be relocated according to a specific sequence rather than shuttled into temporary offices.

  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, based in Chevy Chase, Md., purchased the 281-acre Janelia Farm in December 2000 with plans for a large research campus on the property.

  • Biosquare, a $650-million biotech development, is under construction in Boston.

  • Scientists Work in Light-filled Glass House

    The newly opened Van Andel Institute (VAI) in Grand Rapids, Mich., is home to some of the nation's top cancer researchers, several of whom recently relocated to western Michigan from established organizations on the East and West coasts. Many investigators were in part drawn tothe facility itself, which includes sun-lit laboratories with glass ceilings and innovative lab benches that encourage design flexibility and researcher interaction.

  • The National Institutes of Health Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center, which broke ground in February 1999, opened in late August 2000.

  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently awarded a $174-million construction contract for the Advanced Measurement Laboratory.

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