Medtronic begins construction of new innovation centre in US

WCN Editorial Team 30 Jun 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Medical device company Medtronic has commenced construction of a new 400,000ft2 innovation centre in Lafayette, Colorado, the US.

The new 42-acre campus is being developed in collaboration with construction management firm Ryan Companies US.

It will be the future hub for critical research and development work, which will support the company’s efforts to improve patients’ lives worldwide.

The new campus will include two five-storey buildings and about 1,100 Medtronic employees will be relocated to at the new site.

It will feature a fitness centre, indoor and outdoor bicycle parking, outdoor open spaces, a full-service cafeteria with indoor and outdoor seating, areas for team activities, a recreation loop, as well as access to trails and public transportation.

The facility will also be equipped with fully automated and programmable air handles, and advanced ventilation, filtration, and air distribution systems.

Medtronic has planned to shift research and development work as well as some administrative functions to the new Lafayette campus and will maintain manufacturing operations at the Louisville and Boulder sites.

Upon completion in the second half of 2022, the centre is expected to become the firm’s second largest site in the US.

Medtronic chairman and CEO Geoff Martha said: “Medtronic medical technology developed and manufactured in Colorado transforms patient care globally, and we anticipate continued innovation at our new Lafayette campus.

“With nearly 11,000 scientists and engineers worldwide and approximately 600 employees in R&D roles in Colorado, Medtronic has over 49,000 patents in our portfolio to date and is running more than 350 clinical trials.

“Once settled at our new Colorado campus, we will continue to collaborate with each other, our customers, and partners to develop and produce innovative patient care technologies backed by proven science.”

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An artist’s rendering showing the planned Medtronic campus in Lafayette. Credit: Medtronic.

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