SMMA also developed a universal office plan that met the programmatic needs of the facility, working closely with GE Healthcare Life Sciences to understand departmental adjacencies, equipment and process requirements, and individual business-unit goals. We conducted a workshop with nearly 30 key stakeholders, all of whom were able to participate in shaping the vision of what the new facility would look like. By the workshop’s end, our design team had a diagram of the ideal relationships among the myriad business units being consolidated into the new location.
In establishing its new Northeast Headquarters, GE Healthcare Life Sciences had a clearly defined goal in mind: Consolidate operations, and, in the process, create better efficiencies and a strong collaborative culture. Chief among this operational strategy was the opportunity to function as a more agile research and development enterprise—an essential attribute of today’s leading life science companies.
SMMA was first engaged to assist GE Healthcare Life Sciences in identifying an existing facility that both satisfied the client’s current needs and provided the flexibility necessary to accommodate future growth. The design team selected a multi-story building with ample amenities and infrastructure capable of supporting the client's numerous cGMP and laboratory environments. SMMA developed multiple options for lab and office configurations, as well as conceptual designs that enhanced a large, double-height space into an open forum for informal gatherings and meetings.
One major concern that needed to be addressed early in the design process was the possibility of cross-contamination with an existing life science neighbor. Neither GE Healthcare Life Sciences nor its potential new neighbor wanted their proximity to one another to negatively impact their businesses. The design team conducted an analysis of process, HVAC, and electrical systems to verify that no contamination would result from the neighboring company’s processes, exhausts, services, or products.