Biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb will lease 70,000 square feet of office space at 5104 Eisenhower Boulevard South in northwest Hillsborough County, Florida, for its new North America Capability Center. The firm plans to bring 579 highly-skilled positions to the Tampa Bay region.
The 10-year agreement with TIER REIT includes an option to lease an additional 60,000 square feet. The company will occupy about half of a four-story, 130,000-square-foot, building located off Veterans Expressway and West Hillsborough Road. Its new campus is located near Tampa International Airport, Interstate 275, the Courtney Campbell Causeway and Dale Mabry Highway.
About 250 employees in information technology, marketing services, business, finance services and other functions supporting the company’s biopharmaceutical business will occupy the center when it opens in January.
Bristol-Myers officials said its office complex design is inspired by the company’s cultural focus on innovation and continuous improvement. The center’s open floor plan features meeting rooms and gathering spaces, including special zones designed to encourage creativity and collaboration. Special zones include “town centers” on each floor and a large collaboration area on the first floor. It will not feature traditional offices but rather emphasize openness through glass and natural lighting, along with the latest technology for communications and connectivity.
“We designed our facility with an eye toward building a dynamic culture that encourages and rewards innovation and cooperation while also enabling us to deliver high-quality services that will help us maintain our position as a global biopharma leader,” says Gareth Morgan, Senior Vice President, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We are seeking people in the Tampa area who are looking for an opportunity to change lives, including their own. At our Tampa facility, we will build a culture of innovation and continuous improvement from the ground up. Our Tampa workers will be challenged to identify and implement new ideas and approaches that will help our company compete in an increasingly complex and competitive industry.”