Exclusive: GSK moving out of Philadelphia Navy Yard to smaller space at FMC Tower

GlaxoSmithKline is relocating corporate operations now based at the Philadelphia Navy Yard into FMC Tower at Cira Centre South in University City, joining the University of Pennsylvania and Spark Therapeutics in the building and bringing it closer to one of the city’s burgeoning life sciences hubs. 

The global pharmaceutical company will be leasing 46,000 square feet at the skyscraper and shrink from 207,779 square feet it occupies at a four-story building at Five Crescent Drive at the Navy Yard. Prior to the pandemic, GSK had 660 employees working each day from the Navy Yard and it expects up to 330 employees to work from FMC Tower.

GSK (NYSE: GSK) will occupy floors 16 and 17 at FMC Tower that Brandywine Realty Trust has occupied for the last four years as its headquarters. Brandywine will relocate into space that had been occupied by Dechert, a law firm, in Cira Centre. Brandywine, which built and owns FMC Tower and Cira Centre, declined comment. 

In 2011, GSK signed a 15-year lease on the Navy Yard building, which was designed for it, and completed its move there in early 2013. It was a big deal for the company when it decided to move to the South Philadelphia site and considered pioneering to relocate from offices it had been in for decades in Center City. 

*Article courtesy of The Philadelphia Business Journal

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