The 140,000-square-foot office and research complex of Acorda
Therapeutics, a fast growing biotech, includes the renovation of
stand-alone buildings on a 20-acre campus in Westchester County.
BAM’s mandate, from both the tenant and the landlord, BioMed
Trust Inc. (BMR), was to re-envision the 1960’s campus along
River Road in Ardsley as an interconnected group of buildings,
including a connector building that links two existing
serves as a year-round meeting and gathering space.
The new connector building is an integral part of the project,
it unifies the other campus elements. The connector
includes a café
that opens onto a pedestrian “Main Street” with landscaping,
and lighting, a flexible event space on the third floor that
the café below, and a loading dock. Although the connector
own distinctive presence, BAM ensured that materials used elsewhere
the project were represented there too, thus visually linking
and new portions of the campus.
Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of the project is its
abundant use of natural light, which was increased by enlarging
clerestory windows on the first floor of the connector building.
achieve this, the existing landscape was re-graded and the
wall was cut back to allow for the installation of these large
at waist height. BAM also brightened the interiors by using Acorda’s
own vibrant color palette for the flooring and walls throughout
In addition to creating a welcoming and user-friendly
indoors, BAM created an equally appealing environment outdoors
creating an outdoor room and park for use during the warmer
handicap accessible ramps and awnings.
Although this is not a LEED-certified project, BAM used green
materials whenever possible, including pervious sidewalk pavers,
low-VOC paints, and aluminum cladding and storefronts.
The tight budget and speed of the project schedule were both
challenges, but BAM worked with the client, contractor and
ensure the project moved forward smoothly. Feedback was
during construction in hours, rather than days and weeks, so
Acorda’s occupancy deadline could be met…and it was.
Acorda’s headquarters is an excellent example of how creative
can transform a tired corporate campus into an inspiring, yet
functional workspace that reflects the occupant’s
culture. The landlord, BioMed Realty Trust, a leader in
development of top R&D space in Westchester and elsewhere
Regeneron’s landlord in Westchester, too), also is a great
a developer who recognizes that refreshing old corporate
tailoring them to today’s R&D/pharma tenants is a smart