SOM

SOM

Baxter International Inc.

The 1-million-square-foot headquarters of Baxter Travenol (now Baxter International) was designed to provide a flexible framework in which a pharmaceutical industry leader could continue to innovate and expand. SOM's master plan for the 179-acre site called for a cluster of highly flexible, two- and three-story modular office pavilions that could expand both north and south from the central facilities building.

The main structure — containing an auditorium, training center, and cafeteria — is capped by a stayed-cable-suspended roof supported by two steel pylons rising three stories above the metal deck. Visible from a nearby expressway, the twin masts have become a well-known regional landmark.

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