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Bioprocess Innovation Center 2

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies' expansion in Research Triangle Park with BIC 2 boosts biopharmaceutical capabilities amidst nature-inspired design for enhanced research and well-being.

Nestled within the dense forests of Research Triangle Park (RTP), the expansion of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies through the Building Innovation Center (BIC) 2 facility marks a significant stride in biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing. This project extends the company's capacity for process development, characterization, and analytical services while generating 145 new skilled positions—a testament to Fujifilm's growth both globally and within the RTP region.

BIC 2 leverages its natural surroundings to offer a serene yet inspiring setting for research and innovation. The environment is integral to the design philosophy, emphasizing natural light and scenic views to enhance scientific exploration and well-being. The building's linear façade and open courtyards are carefully arranged to complement the existing landscape, strengthening indoor-outdoor connectivity.

The design evolves from BIC 1's dual-bar concept with enhanced fluidity and flexibility to form a set of four parallel steel tubes, interconnected by a central entry and bridge. While it retains the footprint and design ethos of its predecessor, BIC 2 distinguishes itself with a central bend that introduces a dynamic spatial arrangement optimizing views, natural light, and promoting openness and connectivity through shared amenities between the buildings. This strategic manipulation of form not only enriches the campus's aesthetic but also optimizes the functional layout to encourage community engagement and outdoor connectivity.

Specialized facilities within BIC 2, including state-of-the-art labs equipped with the latest analytical and bioprocessing technologies, are designed for hyper-flexibility to ensure that spaces can quickly evolve in response to the dynamic needs of FUJIFILM's contract manufacturing operations. High windows and strategic glazing in lab and office areas promote natural light, enhancing visibility and orientation, while also serving as a showcase for the research within.

Utilizing the sloped site, the warehouse and receiving areas are carved into the hill, reducing their impact and enhancing public spaces with elevated views.

Targeting LEED Silver certification, BIC 2 demonstrates a broader commitment to wellness through a holistic approach that prioritizes natural daylight, flexible communal spaces, and connection to the environment. This strategy reflects the project's goal to balance technological innovation with ecological sensitivity, in line with Alexander Real Estate and FUJIFILM's evolving corporate values.

  • Sector: Science
  • Scope: Architecture, Lab Planning, Interior Design
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • 89,000 SF
  • June 2023
  • Photos courtesy of © Mark Herboth
  • Best Development Project, Triangle CREW Champion Awards, 2024
Project Team
Patrick O'Keefe
Principal / Project Manager
Alec Yuzhbabenko
Design Principal
Michael T. Brady
Project Architect
George L. Kemper
Lab Planner
Sarah Corbitt
Lab Planner
F. Amelia Murphy
C. Anne Bradley
Interior Designer
Megan Sigmon
Interior Designer
BE&K Building Group
Hipp Engineering & Consulting, Inc.
MEP / Fire Protection Engineering
ColeJenest & Stone
Civil Engineering and Landscape
Bennett & Pless, Inc.
Structural Engineer