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Irish Inspiration

August 2011 Download PDF

Design team takes reference from client's Irish roots for major North American HQ Francis Cauffman has completed of the first phase of the Almac Group’s new North American headquarters. Inspired by the company’s Irish roots, the design team has taken elements from North American and European office cultures and combined them into one building.

The result is not a typical office park: it’s an open and transparent headquarters in a suburban setting that consolidates the Almac Group’s North American businesses in one location.

The first of several phases provides 240,000 sq ft of space in two buildings: a 165,000 sq ft clinical packaging and production facility and warehouse and a 75,000 sq ft corporate office building. These facilities house two of Almac’s five divisions: the Clinical Technologies and Clinical Services divisions, which will share corporate resources.

Unlike a typical suburban headquarters, the design team created a very open building that lets in natural light and provides large expansive views to all employees. “We wanted the building to resemble Almac’s properties in Ireland where its global headquarters are based. It was also important to give employees continuous access to the outdoors,” said Richard Beck, Design Principal at Francis Cauffman.

The interior workplaces are designed to support the company’s dual cultures. European offices are usually more open and promote corporate equality while American offices tend to be more private. Workstations are also closer together, a European feature; U.S. companies generally range from 200-250 sq footage per person and the Almac office is about 165 sq ft per person. “We took aspects of the European work environment and incorporated them with American corporate culture. We worked closely with Almac to find a happy medium where both environments are reflected,” said John Campbell, Principal at Francis Cauffman and Director of Workplace Strategies.

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