Bayer CropScience just keeps growing in RTP.

The international crop research and product company is adding jobs and remodeling its headquarters in the latest moves to plant a bigger footprint in the Research Triangle area.

In announcing the kickoff of a $33 million project to remodel its headquarters, the company’s CEO also said it will be adding jobs.

“Our RTP site has approximately 500 employees now and we have about 640 across the Triangle,” said Jim Blome. “We plan to add about 100 new hires over the next three years.”

The moves are the latest in a series which indicate Bayer CropScience’s commitment to RTP.

The firm recently opened a lab for bee research, purchased 70 acres of land for future expansion, and opened a $20 million greenhouse this past summer.

Asked why the company is so committed to RTP, Blome cited several reasons.

“Biotechnology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, and Bayer CropScience is proud to be a part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, home to some of the nation’s premier biotechnology companies. This region provides Bayer CropScience will access to first-rate scientists, high quality workers and a great family-friendly environment that makes it easier for employees to have a full life.”

The headquarters is not being added, but much of the structure’s 238,000 square feet will get a face lift. Once the project is completed, the building can house up to 700 workers. 

The project is expected to be completed in 2015. Once finished, the headquarters is expected to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. It also will feature a wellness center, a medical office, an employee store and a conference center.

“Bayer CropScience is dedicated to being a pivotal organization in the socio-economic life of RTP,” Bloome said in announcing the project. “Revitalizing our current office space to accommodate growth marks a significant investment for Bayer CropScience in the area. By using our facilities to attract and retain the region’s top talent, we are ensuring that Bayer CropScience will continue to contribute to RTP’s viability and reputation as a top location for business and scientific development.”