The Navy Yard Welcomes: GlaxoSmithKline

by Navy Yard
May 15, 2013

Categories: Tenants, Welcome,

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) officially opened its new double LEED® platinum certified facility in April with employees, families, and friends. GSK’s President of North America Pharmaceuticals Deirdre Connelly led the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Liberty Property Trust Chief Executive Officer Bill Hankowsky, Synterra Partners Principal Bill Wilson, design architect Robert A.M. Stern, workplace strategist and interior architect Francis Cauffman Principal John Campbell, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

GSK's President Deirdre Connelly led the ribbon cutting
GSK’s President Deirdre Connelly led the ribbon cutting

“Our new work space is designed to inspire and connect people,” says Deirdre Connelly, President, North America Pharmaceuticals, GSK. “My teammates and I are energized by this new environment, where we can do our best work and collaborate without the constraints of office walls.”

The 208,000 square foot building at Five Crescent Drive houses 1,300 employees – and not a single office. It represents an $80 million investment by Liberty Property/Synterra, and an additional investment of approximately $70 million by GSK. The building includes a four-story central atrium, a monumental stairway, a coffee shop, cafeteria, fitness center, meeting centers, and a large multi-purpose room. Take a virtual tour of Five Crescent Drive here:

The grand stairway in the central atrium
The grand stairway in the central atrium;
photo credit: Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP

“It was GSK’s commitment to Philadelphia that put The Navy Yard well over the 10,000 employee mark,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Just 18 months ago we stood here to break ground on this project, and I am thrilled to be here today to celebrate the grand opening of one of the most innovative, healthy, and green work spaces in the US.”

GlaxoSmithKline – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information go to, follow us on or visit their blog.