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As a world leader in diabetes care Denmark based pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk has experienced extraordinary growth in the North American market. By 2011 the organization occupied close to 400,000 sf in four buildings in the Princeton area. Working with Novo and their real estate consultant, Granum A/I developed a facilities and real estate strategy to consolidate Novo's office space. The plan projected a need of nearly 800,000 sf by 2020. After a competitive process to qualify properties and development teams Novo Nordisk selected 800 Scudders Mill Road in Princeton as the location for their new headquarters. Granum A/I is providing full service interior design for the project and is leading the project's exterior redesign under a separate contract.

At one quarter mile long the building comprises a series of office pods arranged diagonally across a central Main Street. At each node where the pods intersect the central circulation spine there is a secondary entrance. Each one opens onto an atrium with a three-story monumental stair as its focal point. Nicknamed "tree houses" they provide organizing elements along all three levels of Main Street. At each level we have clustered communal, collaborative, and conference spaces supporting Novo Nordisk's business enterprise. The office pods are designed as neighborhoods to create a sense of place for Novo employees. In addition to traditional space types – enclosed offices, open offices and conference rooms – the workplace strategy incorporates a variety of work settings to support Novo's mission. There are special project rooms, work rooms, huddle spaces, and open collaborative spaces all incorporating the latest technology.

The mature landscaping was one of the primary reasons Novo Nordisk selected the site. The cafeteria looks to the southeast with its lush plantings, lake, and hiking trails. The building geometries create courtyards accessible from Main Street that look to the south and west where employees enjoy lake views and prospects of the spires of Princeton University. In keeping with Novo's commitment to sustainability the project is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

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Novo Nordisk
North American Headquarters

  • Project Data
  • Client: Novo Nordisk
  • Project Size:500,000 sf (first phase)
  • Location: Princeton, NJ
  • Completion Date: April 2013
  • Contractor: The Structuretone Organization
  • Project Team
  • Mark Duckett, Patrick McGranaghan, Jennifer Nye, Brian Brooks, Christina Dierolf, Jessica Yoon, Graham Bailer, Ryan Meillier, Rae Munroe, Katherine English
  • Consulting Partners
  • AKF (mep), One Lux Studio (lighting), YAS (structural), Viridian (green energy), Acentech (acoustical), Avectus (av), Wilson Consulting (specifications), Intertech (security), Jester (hardware)
  • Recognition and Awards
  • Engineering News Record NY Region — Best of Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Project
    November 2013
  • Lowery, Wesley. "Drug Maker Goes Down the Road" Wall Street Journal
    August 2, 2011
  • Drummer, Randy."Novo Nordisk to Lease NJ Office Bldg Following $215M Project"
    August 2, 2011
  • Ziegler, Nicholas. "Pharmaceutical Firm Novo Nordisk Signs For $215M of Space in NJ" Commercial Property Executive
    August 2, 2011
  • Mazza, Christina."Novo Nordisk's new headquarters" NJBIZ
    March 23, 2012
  • Rosenau, Joshua/Times of Trenton. "Former Merrill Lynch building to become new home of Novo Nordisk"
    August 2, 2011