AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals’ new facility brings together Bay Area employees from four business units to advance scientific innovation. The workplace is located in the Cove at Oyster Point, a new life sciences development at the epicenter of the region’s biotech and technology community.
Flexible lab space and an open office environment incorporate AstraZeneca’s iWork activity-based work processes. Employees of the four subsidiaries—Acerta Pharma, MedImmune, Pearl Therapeutics and AstraZeneca’s TIDE (Technology Innovation & Delivery Excellence)—work side-by-side to support each organization’s mission.
The design puts science on display through transparent, integrated lab, office and public spaces. Glass-fronted labs allow employees and visitors to view research activities from the public spaces. High-quality finishes, rich materials and art enhance lab environments. A cohesive interior palette features colors and graphics extracted from imagery that represents AstraZeneca’s global ecosystem and Bay Area biome.
Central gathering spaces in the center of each floor serve as employee hubs. Amenities throughout the building promote social interaction, and a central stairway encourages connectivity across departments. A lower-level multipurpose conference and lounge area accommodates shared activities across businesses. Adjustable desks with ergonomic chairs, treadmill-equipped team rooms, an on-campus gym and on-site pantries with organic food options support the health and wellness of AstraZeneca’s people.
The space reinforces AstraZeneca’s commitment to becoming energy-, carbon- and water-neutral by 2025. Sustainable design strategies for the project, which earned LEED-CI Platinum certification, include low-emitting materials, optimized lighting and lighting controls, energy-efficient appliances, water-efficient fixtures and a high-efficiency HVAC system.