GSK employees in Philadelphia received some very exciting news this morning from Deirdre Connelly, President, North America Pharmaceuticals. We're moving to new digs in the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard!
Our new 205,000 square-foot, four-story facility will be designed to achieve LEED® Platinum certification, the highest possible designation in the internationally-recognized sustainable building rating system. The building represents a collaborative effort between the landlord, Liberty/Synterra; Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA); and GSK. For Liberty and RAMSA, this represents their fourth project and most recent since the completion of Philadelphia's Comcast Center, the nation's tallest green building. Site work is scheduled to begin as early as the end of this month, and we'll move in between the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter 2013.
GSK has a long, proud history in Philadelphia--and our new home will continue that tradition. We've been here since 1830, when John K. Smith opened a drugstore in the Old City neighborhood. (You can read more about our history here.) We have a substantial and diverse presence in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, including US Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Healthcare businesses, and global support functions. In addition to our Philadelphia location, we have research and development facilities in Upper Merion and Upper Providence, totalling more than 5,000 people in the city and suburbs.
The project's open-plan design, which is found in other GSK facilities around the world, is designed to bring employees together for better communication and collaboration. Deirdre Connelly, herself a Philadelphia resident, said "This facility, with its environmentally friendly and efficient design, aligns with our global commitment to work smartly and operate as a green company."
More to come on this over the next few months!