A team from United Therapeutics hosted a virtual presubmission community meeting last night to present the company’s initial concept to redevelop the former Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites property at 8728 Colesville Rd.
The company intends to build additional office space, according to Dewey Steadman, UT’s investor relations director.
“Among other things, we plan to house employees that support our efforts to develop, produce, and deliver our medicines to patients in need,” Steadman told the Source. “It is not intended to be a manufacturing facility.”
The company purchased the property in October of last year and said at the time the intent was to use it for office space, either by repurposing the building (originally built as office space) or putting up a new building as an annex to the existing Unisphere.
The planned new construction would replace a 145-foot high building (13 floors) with one that’s planned to be 85 feet tall, with an additional 20 feet to the top of a solar array.
Like the Unisphere, the new building will be net-zero for carbon emissions, using similar technologies such as solar and geothermal sources.
In addition, Steadman said, “The building will also be constructed using mass timber construction that uses renewable wood in place of steel beams.”
A copy of the presentation will be available online until 5 p.m. tonight (April 21).
Rendering courtesy UT/EwingCole