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Merck & Co., Inc. World Headquarters

Aerial view
Type Corporate headquarters
Architectural style Modernist
Location Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Address One Merck Drive
Owner Merck & Co.
Coordinates 40°38′27″N 74°46′39″W / 40.6408235°N 74.777627°W / 40.6408235; -74.777627Coordinates: 40°38′27″N 74°46′39″W / 40.6408235°N 74.777627°W / 40.6408235; -74.777627
Started 1989
Completed 1990
Inaugurated 1992
Floor count 3[1]
Floor area 1,600,000 sq ft (149,000 m2), i.e. 900,000 sq ft (84,000 m2) of office space, 700,000 sq ft (65,000 m2) underground parking[2]
Design team
Architect Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, LLC[1]
Civil engineer Clarke & Rapuano[3]
Other designers Edmund Hollander and Maryanne Connelly[3]

The Merck headquarters building is a modernist office building located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey[4]. It was designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, LLC in the late 1980s for the Merck pharmaceutical company.[5] Over the years it has become well-known for its various environmentally friendly features.


Building history

Constructed in 1990 as a home for the headquarters staff of Merck, the building is most recognizable for its hexagon shape and its nature setting.[2][3] The main building was constructed with a 600-foot (180 m) wide clearing at its center, filled with old-growth trees saved during the construction phase.[3] Further, Roche placed the parking structure underground and created a temporary nursery on-site for the trees removed during construction, in order to make the facility a "corporate cottage in the woods".[3] The building was originally set on 460 acres (1.9 km2) of property and has since been expanded to a 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) campus with auxiliary buildings.[1][6] The initial site plan foresaw the subsequent addition of two buildings to create a grid of three connected hexagons, however, after a change in management, it was indicated that further construction in the original style would not occur.[1][7]

Prior to moving to its current location, the Merck headquarters was located in Rahway, New Jersey. The White House Station campus is located on an old dairy farm and the surrounding area is known as a more suburban/rural setting than the area around the Rahway campus.[4][8] As a result, Merck included amenities such as on-site child-care, a fitness center, baseball fields, and a medical services center for employees.[8]

Solar initiative

In 2008, Merck installed a 1.6-megawatt solar power system consisting of 7,000 panels on 7 acres (28,000 m2) of property.[9] Among the largest installations at a corporate headquarters, the system is also the largest ground-mounted solar power tracking system east of the Mississippi River.[10] In all, it will provide 7% of the site's power and is expected to "reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,300 tons per year."[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. "Merck & Co., Inc. World Headquarters". Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  2. ^ a b TAC (2006). "A Prescription for Continued Satisfaction — Merck’s Worldwide Headquarters Chooses Andover Continuum". Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  3. ^ a b c d e Raver, Anne (1991-12-22). "Cuttings; Corporate Cottage, Deep in a Forest". NYT. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  4. ^ a b Peterson, Iver (1992-11-15). "A Company Move That Hasn't Irked the Neighbors". NYT. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  5. ^ Foundation Software (2000). "Who is using Foundation". Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  6. ^ O'Brien, Walter (2008-09-02). "Merck headquarters in Readington to harness the sun with new solar panels". Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  7. ^ Bowe, Christoper (2006-11-26). "Raising Merck's threshold of pain". Financial Times. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  8. ^ a b Mansnerus, Laura (1999-11-21). "It Takes a Village To Make an Office. Ask Mother Merck.". NYT. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  9. ^ (2008-08-15). "1.6-MW Solar System Being Built at Merck Headquarters". Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  10. ^ a b UTC Power (2008-08-14). "Largest Ground-Mounted Solar Power Tracking System East of Mississippi River Being Built at Merck & Co., Inc. Headquarters". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  


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