East Coast Laboratory and Production Facility

Invitae’s East Coast Laboratory and Production Facility is a 125,000-square-foot major renovation and tenant improvement project. The goal was to create a state-of-the-art commercial laboratory and open office facility providing highly collaborative interior work areas and restful organic exterior environments for Invitae’s future East Coast operations. Invitae selected a premier location — a highly visible existing facility near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport that was once the popular Morrisville Outlet Mall — with the vision of transforming the former space into an advanced, high-performance, and sustainable laboratory and office facility. The entire facility is 250,000 square feet, which Invitae plans to eventually upfit and occupy.

The governing thought behind this initial phase was to provide flexibility to rapidly reconfigure lab work areas and associated equipment to quickly adapt to process changes. The design includes heavy overhead mechanical support, extensive cold storage equipment reaching temperatures of -110° F, million-dollar generators ensuring uninterruptible power supply, sweeping process corridors with high-speed roll-ups, shipping/receiving areas, open offices, conference/huddle rooms, training areas, administrative support, building core spaces, and amenities including a coffee bar, café, gym, and interior and exterior courtyards. The facility will provide testing for gene panels and single-gene testing for a broad range of clinical needs including hereditary cancer, cardiology, neurology, pediatric genetics, metabolic disorders, immunology, and hematology.

Invitae Corporation ( is a leading medical genetics company whose mission is to bring comprehensive genetic information into mainstream medicine to improve healthcare for billions of people through higher quality, faster turnaround times, and lower prices.

Our mission is to make genetic information affordable and accessible for billions of people. Our new location near the Research Triangle Park will help us bring that mission to reality.
—  Ken Knight, Chief Operating Officer, Invitae

  • ENR Southeast 2022 Best Project — Renovation/Restoration
  • ENR Southeast 2022 Best Project — Excellence in Safety
  • Service — General Contracting
  • Design-Builder — 35 North
  • Architect — Hanbury
  • Gene Panels + Single-Therapy Gene Testing