AIA New York, Merit Award, 2015
ENR, Best of the Best Winner - Office/Mixed-Use, 2014
ENR, Best Project of the Year, 2014
Maximizing Workplace Flexibility and Sustainability
When pharmaceutical giant Novartis sought to expand its oncology division on its New Jersey campus, it looked for a resilient, sustainable design that would facilitate a flexible work environment. The result was a glass-enclosed building large enough to accommodate 800 open workstations, a 50-seat café, a fitness center and conference rooms while providing ample daylight and common meeting areas all within an intimate, unique and award-winning architectural design.
We provided structural design services to Rafael Viñoly Architects for the project that was completed in 2012.
- The structure has an extensively glazed roof and curtain wall that is suspended from architecturally exposed built-up box beams at the roof level.
- The building contains two architecturally exposed concrete shearwall cores on both sides of the atrium.
- Project challenges included designing elements around exposed steel and concrete features for each floor, and limiting glass deflection, vibrations and movement because of the glass exterior façade. This unusual feature was configured in the design phase with the long-span structural elements.
- Revit was used extensively throughout the project, helping to save time and better coordinate the architectural and engineering teams.