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VGXI HQ + Biomanufacturing Facility

A model of flexibility and adaptability, VGXI's new headquarters is a paragon of innovative design and commitment to scientific excellence, designed to promote collaboration and employee well-being.

Situated on a 20-acre plot in an emerging technology and research park, the new VGXI Headquarters and Biomanufacturing Facility was designed with careful consideration for both the client's needs and employee well-being. The design team expertly translated VGXI's vision into an architectural statement that embodies the client's values and aspirations, reflecting a commitment to transformational science and employee well-being through strategic facility planning and life science expertise.

The design incorporates a modular concept to allow for future growth and expansion while maintaining the highest standards of safety, containment, and cGMP requirements needed for pharmaceutical manufacturing.

The building's unique architecture utilized site cast concrete panels designed as modular units which reflects the constraints of tilt-up construction and the prescriptive nature of lab facilities. The design team turned these constraints into design opportunities, resulting in a building that breaks down the scale of the form with the use of light and shadow and provides visual interest through multiple panel types.

Through a blend of chamfers, textures, and projecting elements, the facade artfully manipulates light and shadow, allowing the building to dynamically change its appearance throughout the day.

Shared spaces and circulation zones continue the theme of engaging environments and adapt to different work methodologies. The double-height entry plaza, monumental stair, wood slat walls, and ceilings visually connect the interior design to the exterior canopy soffits and establish a material language that is carried throughout the office and circulation areas.

This design approach, coupled with close collaboration among the design team, client, and contractors, has resulted in a building that is not only visually striking but also embodies VGXI's commitment to revolutionizing scientific processes and generating a positive global impact through its products.

  • Award of Excellence, AIA Hampton Roads, 2023
  • Honor Award, AIA Greenville, 2023
  • Merit Award, AIA North Carolina, 2023
  • Tilt-Up Excellence Award, Tilt-Up Concrete Association, 2023
  • Tilt-Up Achievement Award, Tilt-Up Concrete Association, 2023
  • Best Project, ENR Texas & Louisiana, 2023
Project Team
Patrick O'Keefe
Principal + Project Manager
Jared Coffin
Design Principal
Michael T. Brady
Project Architect
George L. Kemper
Lab Planner
Lauren Eaton
Lab Planner
Kendall Roberts
BE&K Building Group
Lake|Flato Architects
Associate Architect
Surface 678
Landscape Architect
Hipp Engineering & Consulting, Inc.
MEP and FP Engineering
Civil and Structural Engineering