Adaptive Reuse Embodies Company Brand
BioVid’s new office space in Bristol, Pennsylvania represented an opportunity for the life sciences consulting company to align its workspace with its corporate culture. The company’s existing workplace resembled a narrow hallway dotted with individual private offices, leaving employees isolated and hindering collaboration. The new space, located within a meticulously restored 1850-built mill building, empowers employees with spatial variety to support both individual and collaborative work.Open plan seating punctuated with private meeting rooms maximizes opportunities for spontaneous collaboration while providing areas for more quiet, formal conversation. The “Quiet Car” is an alternative, heads-down workspace that eases the transition to the open plan; this no-phone zone is also home to the company-wide yoga program.
The design capitalizes on the deep history of the space, leaving graffiti and writing on the existing brick walls exposed to reveal the character and heritage of the building. Found materials within the project site were repurposed as key elements of the design. Mass timber was refreshed and installed to honor the building’s history as a hub for industry along the adjacent canal and railway. A reclaimed set of bleachers serves as a gathering space for town halls and trainings, emphasizing BioVid’s commitment to employee development.