Quintiles Pharmaceuticals turned to Gensler–the global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with 3000 design professionals in 41 locations—to make their dream of a LEED-certified world headquarters a reality. Gensler turned to Contact Industries, who teamed with North Carolina-based Wurth Group and Cleora-Sterling, to engineer a sustainable, affordable alternative for the solid afromosia beams and T&G paneling that were called out in the original design.

The solution was engineered Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) beams and fingerjointed paneling wrapped with FSC®-certified thin afromosia veneer. Installed, the products are indistinguishable from their solid wood counterparts and they contributed to both the sustainability and the budget goals of the project.

The resulting $51 million, 252,000 square foot complex is something everyone—sustainable building advocates, building designers, and bean counters—can be proud of.



CLIENT: Wurth Group and Cleora Sterling

DETAILS: Quintiles Transnational Corp. World Headquarters. 252,000 sf, 9-story LEED-Silver office building. $51 million construction cost.

PRODUCT: Veneer profile wrapped beams and wall paneling: 16,544 linear feet of FSC-certified 1×6 Afromosia-veneered T&G paneling;
FSC-certified LVL-core beams with Afromosia veneers, edge bands and end caps: 44 pieces 2x9x192”; 39 pieces 2x9x127.5”; 8 pieces 1x4x96”; 8 pieces 2x4x96”.

CONSTRUCTION: Fingerjointed softwood and laminated veneer lumber cores with FSC-certified Afromosia veneer

FINISH: factory-applied UV cured, no VOC topcoat

ADHESIVE: Type 1 Hot Melt


END USE: Exposed beams and wall paneling

CORE: Fingerjointed softwood and laminated veneer lumber (LVL)

FACE VENEER: FSC-certified Afromosia

FSC® COC Certification (FSC-C022452)