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Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan?

Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing business needed to change in some respects, if the park was going to remain important to the region for the next fifty years. Our traditional model had been selling large sites to individual companies, but we needed to rethink that model, recognizing that the way people are working today is vastly different than when the park was developed. For example, GlaxoSmithKline is now consolidating all of their employees from the area into their RTP campus but is doing so without adding square footage. They're doing that through hoteling; the majority of their employees will no longer have individual offices, reducing the need for building space.

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