FMS Project:

Novartis World Headquarters


Novartis World Headquarters:

Novartis AG operates in 140 countries and offers a wide range of healthcare products through its Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Diagnostics, Sandoz and Consumer Health divisions. Research at Novartis is conducted primarily through the worldwide Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). Novartis constructed a 500,000 sq. ft. NIBR World Headquarters facility located in Cambridge, Mass. Novartis completely renovated an historic 75 year old candy factory; creating a state-of-the-art research laboratory which will eventually be home to more than 700 scientists.

FMS was engaged from the World Headquarter project’s inception to assess existing and future EMI threat conditions to advanced research equipment planned for use in the new building. Laboratory fit out plans included multiple NMR’s, MRI’s, imaging electron microscope, etc.   The project required an extensive analysis of the interference potential of all DC magnetic fields, including slowly varying DC fields from a nearby subway plus AC magnetic field and RF sources internal and external to the new facility. To characterize existing EMI conditions, an extensive broad EM survey of the existing factory building was conducted prior to renovation.

FMS reviewed all phases of the project’s design and construction documents and advised the project’s design team of potential EMI threat concerns and recommended mitigation measures. Computer simulations utilized to characterize EMF emissions from electrical equipment, indicated in several areas of the building that significant EMI threat conditions may be present to adjacent, sensitive research equipment. To mitigate EMI threat concerns, FMS designed and installed multiple special magnetic field shielding systems to lower EMF levels to acceptable levels.


Over its 20 years, FMS has successfully completed hundreds of EMI projects which included a diverse range of consulting and mitigation services.

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