Bethesda, MD


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25,000 SF


The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) is a non-profit global provider of science, technology and regulatory information and education for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical community Hickok Cole provided Programming through Construction Administration services as well as the selection of furniture and graphic design.

The upper floor headquarters space has primarily offices along with conference rooms, team spaces, reception and cafe. A library is located immediately adjacent to the reception area and provides a place for visitors to learn about PDA. Cabinets display memorabilia donated by members and important reference materials. A screen wall that mimics genomes separates the reception seating from the Library. The café was placed on the window to give staff with interior offices access to natural light. Modern materials convey a sense of longevity and timelessness. The project also included the design of Lab and classroom/multipurpose space on the first floor to accommodate approximately 100 students. There is a larger pantry connected to the multipurpose room.

A major part of the design is a three-dimensional graphic timeline that describes the history of PDA. To capture this, Hickok Cole Creative designed a dimensional wall graphic with historical photos and logos from each decade, display cases containing artifacts ranging from technical reports to gifts from international partnerships throughout the years, and bronze membership tokens adhered to the bottom of the wall, each representing 50 members. PDA’s Mission, Vision and Values are applied to a large dimensional hexagon at the edge of the wall, which can be later removed to accommodate the association’s continuing progress and building membership.