The Center for Advanced Drug Research (CADRE) will be SRI International’s primary research facility in the Mid-Atlantic area. The facility has two occupied floors totaling 40,000 SF and an additional enclosed penthouse level. The building consists of a laboratory wing with BSL-2 and BSL-3 lab areas linked to an entry wing with offices, conference and support facilities. Site improvements consist of landscaping, plazas, seating areas, a jogging trail and approximately 80-100 paved parking spaces with an additional 40 gravel/temporary parking spaces.
The center is being developed by Rockingham County specifically to meet the need of technology-driven companies seeking their own corporate campus and identity with the context of a headquarters-quality office park. The site selected for the project has the best views from its highest point toward the rear of the parcel. The master plan includes two futher buildings providing an additional 60,000 SF. The three buildings could become one unified campus for a single corporation or be divided between two, three or more separate tenants with individual identities.
The first building, with its long elevations, faces north and south. Both directions afford expansive views over fields, woods and farms. the scenic Massanutten Mountain lies immediately to the southeast and the more distant Appalachian ridges to the north and west. The building is planned so that all of the labs and most of the office areas will enjoy natural light from one of these views. These spectacular views were created through large window openings which stretched the structural capabilities of the tilt-up concrete panels. The tilt up concrete panels where complimented with a combination of silver composite metal panels and pewter ribbed metal panels which aided in creating the buildings dynamic recesses and form. Also the use of sunshade devices and a two story curtain wall system provided depth to the facade while framing these stunning views outward.