By design, the Novartis flu vaccine plant creates an atmosphere of cooperation and communication amongst employees. A large common space on the second floor features several seating areas and is enclosed by a long, curved structural glass wall. Walkway glass cantilevers out from the second floor slab to enclose the wall from the bottom. A narrow glass return at the top of the wall attaches back to the roof structure. The entire wall is supported by glass fins, positioned at each vertical glass joint, which hang from the ceiling to prevent compression buckling. A point supported glass canopy completes the entrance to this cutting edge facility.
Location: Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA
Size: 4,550 sq ft / 420 sq m
Systems Used: AES, GG, PSG
Architect: Flad Architects