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
Thermo Model Labs

The design incorporates the clients brand identity while using glazing and lighting to maintain a bright and open environment for the research and development team. Every detail was considered in order to create a clean and simple environment to support both improved functionality and aesthetic.