RTI International Dedicates Building in Honor of Former CEO, Victoria Franchetti Haynes

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – RTI International today dedicated the Victoria Franchetti Haynes Building on its main campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The 120,000-square-foot facility was named in honor of RTI's third president, who retired in March 2012.

Completed in 2008, the Haynes Building was constructed to significantly improve and expand RTI's Research Triangle Park facilities. The building is home to more than 400 staff members in the areas of international development, global health and information technology.

“Victoria had a large impact on RTI, on the work that we do, and on the many people who came to know her during her tenure as our president and CEO,” said Wayne Holden, Ph.D., RTI president and CEO. “I’d like to personally thank her for the support and leadership she provided me during her tenure as RTI’s president and CEO. She has been a friend and a colleague, and I learned a great deal watching her lead RTI.”

The facility was the first at RTI International to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified, which ensures that the building meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for environmentally sustainable design and construction methods.

Some of the building’s green features include recycled steel beams and locally sourced wood, harvested using environmentally sound reforesting methods; an energy-efficient rooftop heat recovery unit that brings fresh air in with virtually zero operating cost; and tinted, insulated glass that provides natural lighting.

“When I think about my humble contributions to RTI, I mostly think of what an honor it was to serve in this great organization and among its great people,” said Haynes. “I think about the inspiring environment and culture of collaboration we have here.”

Haynes became RTI's third president in 1999, and is credited with helping transform RTI from a regional nonprofit research institute into a global research and development organization.

Following a successful career in commercial research, including leadership roles at Goodrich and Monsanto, Haynes brought her experience in technology leadership, management, and new business development to help guide RTI during a period of unprecedented growth and expansion.

During her tenure, RTI added nearly 1,100 staff members, extended its reach into new scientific fields and many new countries, commercialized several technologies, and more than tripled its annual revenue. Along the way, RTI generated the financial resources needed to invest significantly in scientific stature, modernize laboratories and replace aging facilities.

RTI occupies 22 buildings on its main campus and elsewhere in Research Triangle Park, and leases space for its regional offices. In addition to its headquarters, RTI maintains seven regional offices in the United States, 10 international offices and many project-specific offices around the world.

Haynes Building on the RTP Campus

Highlights

  • RTI International dedicated the Victoria Franchetti Haynes Building on Sept. 26, 2012
  • The facility was named in honor of RTI's third president, who retired in March 2012
  • The building houses more than 400 staff members and was the first at RTI to be LEED Gold Certified