RTI Kicks Off 60th Anniversary with New Headquarters Dedication
RTI International has dedicated a new $67 million headquarters building on its Research Triangle Park campus as it marks its 60th year of business.
The six-story Horizon building is the 23rd structure built on RTI’s 180-acre campus since the organization’s founding in 1958. At that time RTI was the first tenant in the fledgling Research Triangle Park, which has since grown to become the nation’s largest research park, occupied by more than 250 organizations employing 50,000-plus people.
About 670 RTI staff work in the 190,000-square-foot headquarters, which opened in March.
The building freed up space elsewhere on campus that will allow RTI’s Health Solutions staff to move onto campus in 2019 after having worked in leased space off campus, said Brad Washabaugh, vice president of facilities strategic services. The building also allowed RTI to reposition staff across the campus for better organizational alignment and collaboration, he said.
The Horizon building, designed and built by Durham-based Duda/Paine Architects, includes a lobby display on the impact of RTI’s work, a cafeteria, a coffee bar, several meeting spaces designed for collaboration and innovation, a “walk and talk” meeting room with treadmills, a virtual reality lab and a second-floor garden terrace near the employee parking garage.
The building gives RTI about 1 million square feet of space for the approximately 3,000 employees who work on its campus.
Earlier this month, RTI began a year-long celebration of its 60th anniversary by hosting 300 staff and invited guests at the Horizon building. The program, live-streamed to many of RTI’s regional and international offices, featured a keynote talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman.
RTI is an independent, nonprofit research institute. Its mission is to help clients in government and industry answer questions and solve problems to benefit the human condition.
The organization’s 5,000 employees, who work at a dozen U.S. locations and another 12 sites worldwide, have expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering and international development. In 2017 they worked on 3,852 projects in more than 50 countries for 1,198 clients, generating $972 million in revenue.
Recently announced projects include helping the U.S. Agency for International Development implement a five-year project to control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases, partnering with the Immune Deficiency Foundation to design and implement a screening and education program for people with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency in rural areas or underserved communities, and working with Geographic Technologies Group to develop a software package that integrates and analyzes 911 call data with GIS mapping data for more effective use of police resources.