Thermo Fisher Scientific Model Labs

Thermo Fisher Scientific challenged the design team to a fast-paced, Design-Build project to develop and construct a model lab to increase efficiencies and better support their end-to-end drug development process.  This project  simultaneously consolidates multiple laboratory facilities while stream lining the laboratory workflow of a Quality Control and Raw Materials Testing Laboratory on one of their manufacturing campus.

This concept was initiated with an internal audit of equipment utilization which determined that it was 10-15% utilized.  The goal is 30% for ROI.  Test fits were done for several shell spaces on the campus considering location, adjacencies, and available square footage.  The final layout utilizes shared functions and equipment for a better use of space.  Scientist will spend less time walking between resource leaving them more time to focus on testing.  The goal was to be build a model lab that could be toured by potential clients without interrupting the scientists at work.

The design-build project achieved a compressed schedule by utilizing design-assist methods. The project includes the following spaces:

  • Raw Material Testing Lab
  • HPLC Lab
  • Dissolution Lab
  • Sample Prep
  • Future Expansion Lab
  • Support areas: Material Transfer, Chemical Storage, Kitting, Processed Samples, Wash, Glass Storage, Lab offices 




Greenville, North Carolina


19,000 sf

Project Principal

Christine A. Hofnagel

Project Manager

Jessica Cochran