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RTI International’s New Research Park HQ Reflects its Mission

The new HQ features a variety of collaboration spaces for colleagues, visitors and business and university research partners including a new cafeteria. Image courtesy of RTI.

RTI Worldwide’s new North Carolina headquarters encourage collaboration.

RTI Worldwide tapped Duda|Paine Architects to design its headquarters on its Research Triangle Park campus that might mirror its mission of utilizing science for the worldwide good. The constructing serves as a catalyst for collaboration amongst numerous analysis areas; it additionally affords area to showcase RTI’s accomplishments.

The type and configuration of furniture in the new HQ is aimed at increasing interaction and collaboration. Image courtesy of RTI. The sort and configuration of furnishings within the new HQ is aimed toward growing interplay and collaboration. Picture courtesy of RTI.

When was the venture accomplished? 


How a lot area?

190,000 GSF

Was this new or renovated area?


SF per individual?

283 PSF

What number of staff?


Displays like this one showcase RTI's work around the world. Image courtesy of RTI.Shows like this one showcase RTI’s work all over the world. Picture courtesy of RTI.

What’s common every day inhabitants? 

817 (estimate)

Is there a cellular work or earn a living from home coverage? In that case, what % of staff are distant staff?

Sure, nevertheless constructing designed with 1-to-1 ratio, offering each worker an assigned seat. Distant working is supported by benching stations and focus rooms on every flooring to permit flexibility now and for future progress.

Describe workspace varieties.

Along with Degree-2 open collaboration areas and clustered lounges within the Collaboration Station, workspace varieties embrace:

  • Open workstations
  • Bench workstations
  • Single-occupancy workplaces
  • C-Suite workplaces (Degree 2)
  • Board room (Degree 2)
  • Huddle rooms (2-Three-person)
  • Single-person Focus rooms, for visiting staff to work on laptops or take a telephone/convention name (5)
  • Innovation Hub with number of versatile seating in open plan (Degree 2)
  • Innovation rooms in numerous configurations to go well with wants of particular group process (Degree 2)
  • Small, medium and enormous convention rooms (no less than one among every/each workplace degree)
  • Digital Actuality lab (Degree 2)
  • Treadmill “walk/talk” assembly room (Degree 2)
  • Number of seating in constructing nooks present simply accessed/versatile area (each degree)
  • Eating room areas and occasional bars present alternatives for extra relaxed work periods. (Ranges 1 & 2)
  • Distant work areas for others round RTI’s campus by way of benching, collaborative areas and eating areas (ranges 1 & 2 and workplace)

The first-level Impact Display highlights the institute’s positive impact on humanity via flexible, customized imagery that underscores RTI’s mission to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Image courtesy of RTI. The primary-level Impression Show highlights the institute’s constructive impression on humanity by way of versatile, custom-made imagery that underscores RTI’s mission to enhance the human situation by turning information into apply. Picture courtesy of RTI.

What sort of assembly areas are offered?

  • Giant, versatile multipurpose room for 300, which could be sub divided into two or three areas to go well with gathering wants, with adjoining outside terrace
  • Small (6-Eight-person), medium (10-12-person with casual seating for video conferencing or conventional seating) and enormous assembly/convention rooms (20-person) to accommodate quite a lot of totally different assembly sizes and kinds
  • 2-Three-person Huddle rooms
  • Open Collaboration Station zone with number of totally different collaborative seating configurations meant to offer numerous groups inside constructing choices for casual staff conferences; and supply visiting staff quite a lot of settings to work ‘remotely’ on laptops from different campus buildings.
  • Widespread Floor Espresso Bar on Degree 1 provides free “RTI Blend” espresso to employees members and their visitors in addition to mild fare and snacks all through the day
  • Degree-2 Espresso Bar in Collaboration Station additionally has free espresso to encourage staff from Ranges Three-6 to mingle with staff from different departments
  • Innovation Hub: RTI’s imaginative and prescient was to permit teams throughout campus to probably come collectively for days or perhaps weeks as wanted with the aim of incubating concepts as a group. This area on Degree 2 has open ceilings, a extra industrial, high-tech really feel that displays tech-firm start-up tradition to encourage brainstorming, ideation, innovation.
  • Incubator rooms round Innovation Hub make the most of quite a lot of configurations to go well with numerous group dynamics and collaboration wants (eight for from 6 to eight customers).

The new HQ features a variety of collaboration spaces for colleagues, visitors and business and university research partners including a new cafeteria. Image courtesy of RTI. The brand new HQ options quite a lot of collaboration areas for colleagues, guests and enterprise and college analysis companions, together with a brand new cafeteria. Picture courtesy of RTI.

What different type of help area or amenity areas are offered? 

RTI emphasised sort and configuration of amenity areas to extend interplay and collaboration:

  • Seating for the café/espresso bars consists of bar peak counters & stools for laptop computer working in addition to lounge couch & chairs for casual socializing and café tables for consuming espresso/socializing/casual conferences.
  • Eating seating consists of:
    • Bar-height 9-person tables for laptops/casual conferences.
    • Three centralized communal harvest tables encourage communal eating and socializing between workplaces/buildings; names of all RTI’s international places engraved into tabletops.
    • Customized/crafted cubicles for extra intimate eating expertise and to encourage communal eating and socializing. Cubicles create extra intimate setting, and with harvest tables, create centralized zone for communal eating to satisfy one among RTI’s foremost missions of bringing campus inhabitants collectively.
    • Café tables damaged into two zones (East and West of communal eating) creating extra acoustic and visible privateness, quite than giant sea of open tables
    • Upholstered banquette seating at backside of eating creates visible and acoustic barrier between servery, and alternate setting for eating.

Has the venture achieved any particular certifications?

Concentrating on LEED Silver Certification

Although all employees have dedicated workstations, there are an array of places to collaborate. Image courtesy of RTI. Though all staff have devoted workstations, there are an array of locations to collaborate. Picture courtesy of RTI.

What’s the challenge’s location and proximity to public transportation and/or different facilities? 

Situated in RTI’s present suburban campus in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, parking deck configuration encourages carpooling and has a number of electrical car charging stations; the Horizon constructing serves as core campus assembly place with a number of entrances resulting in pedestrian walkways to different buildings.

Was the C-suite concerned within the venture planning and design course of? In that case, how?

Sure, government assistants performed necessary position in conferences throughout programming representing all executives. They offered particular course on wants and needs of the chief management workforce when it comes to their workplaces and government suite.

As well as, C-suite additionally offered a tour of their present suites, and CEO and COO got executive-level shows at Schematic Design and Design Improvement phases. They participated in choosing furnishings for undertaking, testing totally different chairs at furnishings vendor in addition to serving to make different furnishings selections.

Although the HQ covers six floors, the ground and second-floor levels are the most public and allow for impromptu encounters among colleagues and visitors. Image courtesy of RTI. Though the HQ covers six flooring, the bottom and second-floor ranges are probably the most public and permit for impromptu encounters amongst colleagues and guests. Picture courtesy of RTI.

Have been any change administration initiatives employed?

Sure. Furnishings was utilized to tell and drive change administration. The kinds of work station and open collaborative areas staff acquired—and forms of furnishings—have been a part of the change administration course of. Earlier than this new headquarters, almost all RTI staff sometimes had workplaces—roughly 90 %. This constructing has workplaces for about 60 %. Thus, it represents an enormous cultural shift for RTI and their individuals when it comes to day-to-day work life. The furnishings vendor signed a three-year contract with RTI and helped put a change administration course of collectively.

Please describe any program necessities that have been distinctive or required any particular analysis or design necessities.

Digital actuality lab on degree two was distinctive and a more moderen program factor for design professionals. Additionally, elements of the multipurpose room, which is for 300 individuals, required analysis into flexibility necessities and options.

The Impression Show required further analysis. In collaboration with the communications division and exhibit design specialist, a big public show now showcases the impression of the institute’s work around the globe.

The grounds include a softball field a natural landscape that promote connection to the outdoors. Image courtesy of RTI. The grounds embrace a softball subject a pure panorama that promote connection to the outside. Picture courtesy of RTI.

Was there any emphasis or necessities on programming for well being and wellbeing initiatives for workers?

Problems with well being and wellness have been all the time at forefront of RTI’s imaginative and prescient. On the north aspect of the second-level Collaboration Station is a really giant outside terrace, with an prolonged space beside the boardroom to permit RTI’s individuals to take a espresso, eat lunch outdoors, or work outdoors. Additionally, teams utilizing board’s assembly room or gathering in open Collaboration Station can spill onto the terrace or have exterior assembly area.

The treadmill room permits employees to work on laptop computer and stroll or permits two individuals to stroll and meet. The eating space and occasional bar meals choice consists of choices to make sure wholesome consuming, fulfilling one among RTI’s initiatives. Whereas WELL constructing certification was not pursued, many wellness methods have been included. Additionally, a planted inexperienced roof alongside the west aspect supplies views of greenery as staff stroll into constructing from storage.

Have been there any particular or uncommon development supplies or methods employed within the venture?

Transitioning between brick and aluminum curtainwall detailing required nice care as new power requirements proved difficult. The brick format and execution was paramount to constructing aesthetic as stacked bond Norman brick requires a large amount of planning and precision.

For particular examples, please describe the product, the way it was used, and if it solved any particular drawback.

Extruded aluminum shading units on constructing’s west aspect wanted to completely align with the glazing inside the brick spacing. With the curtain wall producer, an offset bracket was developed to account for brick spacing between totally different ranges and allowed for fins to stay straight and steady.

Employees can take a break outside on the terrace. Image courtesy of RTI. Staff can take a break outdoors on the terrace. Picture courtesy of RTI.

What merchandise or service options are making the most important impression in your area?

Most impactful workplace furnishings gadgets:

  • Haworth Fern chair – process chair
  • Haworth Very chair – assembly room chair
  • Workstations & Desks customized by PMC with Haworth merchandise


  • Café seating cubicles to spec
  • Allermuir Tonina (typical eating chair)
  • Haworth Jive (typical eating desk)

Lounge/Flex Area:

  • Orangebox Away from the Desk (collaborative seating)
  • Haworth Intuity (giant working desk)
  • Haworth Very (process chair)

What sort of branding parts have been included into the design?

Collaboration area signage, retail retailer with branded merchandize, café & eating wall parts for 3 venues, IT service bar signage.

What’s the most original function of the brand new area? 

RTI’s function for Degree 2’s design was to create a campus Collaboration Station the place individuals from throughout RTI’s campus and staff visiting from international places might meet and work ‘remotely’ on laptops and socialize. The intention is to encourage collaboration throughout all campus departments and inside firm, and to interrupt down silos that exist in different campus buildings. The Collaboration Station displays tech agency tradition influencing office design throughout all industries over previous a number of years. RTI’s purpose is to create a shift in the best way their staff work together throughout Departments and all workplaces, to finally be extra collaborative.

Are there any furnishings or areas particularly included to advertise wellness/wellbeing?

Outside areas adjoining to collaboration areas and eating areas permit staff to be outdoors throughout work day. A bio-retention environmental function supplies day-after-day rest area. 2nd-floor worker entrance from parking deck circulates by a landscaped inexperienced roof to advertise wellness when arriving and leaving the work day.

Certainly one of RTI's essential objectives with the design was to “un-silo” departments and promote the cross-pollination of concepts. Picture courtesy of RTI. One in every of RTI’s most important objectives with the design was to “un-silo” departments and promote the cross-pollination of concepts. Picture courtesy of RTI.

What sort of know-how merchandise have been used? 

The newest AV connects RTI staff from all corners of globe. Workplace ranges use totally different shades of brand name commonplace blue and inexperienced to help wayfinding per flooring and for these with impaired imaginative and prescient.

If the corporate relocated to new area, what was probably the most troublesome facet of the change for the workers? 

The corporate went from 90-100 % enclosed workplaces to 60 % workplaces, many with clear partitions; thus, virtually half of the inhabitants moved from an workplace right into a workstation.

The design group created workstation neighborhoods, so for any given workstation there are solely 10 different workstations round, maintaining interiors free of huge floorplates of workstations.

How did the corporate talk concerning the modifications and strikes?

A strong inner communications and social media plan included a gentle cadence of articles, posts and video communication that highlighted the constructing’s options and tracked the development progress from day one. These communications stored the campus group and RTI employees at-large knowledgeable. Pre-move-in excursions have been held with employees to acquaint them with their new workspaces, and full move-in crews assisted in staff getting settled. IT specialists have been available to help employees as they geared as much as start work of their new work areas.

Conference rooms, huddle rooms, and focus rooms are just some of the variety of workspaces in the new RTI HQ. Image courtesy of RTI. Convention rooms, huddle rooms, and focus rooms are simply a few of the number of workspaces within the new RTI HQ. Picture courtesy of RTI.

In that case, what have been probably the most shocking or illuminating or hoped-for outcomes?

Virtually fast adoption of open working setting and collaborate areas, after occupying single workplaces, was most shocking and rewarding outcome.

If change administration program was in place, what have been probably the most profitable methods?

The collaboration idea was a change for RTI because it sought to “un-silo” departments and promote cross-pollination of concepts. The Government Management Group was moved from prime degree in earlier constructing to share 2nd degree collaboration flooring of Challenge Horizon to advertise vertical and horizontal company collaboration.