SMART Global Holdings

Cree LED Headquarters

Cree LED was recently acquired by SMART Global and would like the brand to establish their own headquarters and identity at the Park Point campus within Research Triangle Park. The new space accommodates 30,000-sf of office space and 42,000-sf of research and development laboratory space.

Previously lab and office operations were spread across five different buildings creating inefficiencies and the need for redundant equipment. The new headquarters co-locates all functions within a single building, improving critical lab adjacencies, flows and efficiencies.

Lab space typologies include the pilot line with an area designed to ISO 7 (Class 10,000) clean room criteria, reliability testing in stability chambers, applications labs with varying size spheres and goniometers, materials suite with powder handling and acid waste management concerns, and characterization suite including SEMs, FIBs, an AFM and XRDs. 

HERA analyzed people, process and waste flows to create an efficient layout with optimal adjacencies, accounting for and accommodating a decade of projected company growth. The design team also provided programming and test fits to validate their initial program, as well as an equipment survey to catalog their equipment and utilities.

An important new feature, the new space incorporates a tour route to highlight company history, innovations and products while still maintaining the security of the labs and intellectual property.


Durham, North Carolina


85,866 GSF


Lab planning and design, and equipment planning


HH Architecture