LEED-Gold Designed Research Facility Expansion Showcases Energy Efficient Design, Comprehensive Portfolio of Saint-Gobain, CertainTeed Products
(Valley Forge, Pa.) When global construction products leader Saint-Gobain decided to expand its Research and Development (R&D) Center in Northboro, Mass., the company teamed up with North American subsidiary CertainTeed Corporation to help create a sustainable and energy-efficient design.
The Northboro R&D Center is the largest facility in Saint-Gobains network of research centers throughout the world and its expansion required intricate planning, design and construction. The 60,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility, designed by Shepley Bulfinch, of Boston, fosters innovation and collaboration between research teams in a sustainable environment.
In cooperation with construction management firm A.J. Martini, of Winchester, Mass., technical and building science experts from Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed chose 13 key sustainable products from both companies for the expansion. When it is inspected later this year, the completed structure is expected to attain a Gold Rating in the U.S. Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.