Research Center in Massachusetts Certified ‘Green’

April 28, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

A state-of-the-art research center in Massachusetts has just been certified with LEED gold status by the US Green Building Council, being one of such facilities in the state to receive the second highest rating for sustainability.

Research Center in Massachusetts Certified ‘Green’

EMD Serono, Inc., an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and is based in Billerica, Massachusetts houses a research facility for the studies about treatments in oncology, neurodegenerative diseases and fertility.

“The EMD Serono research facility efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will significantly benefit future generations to come,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Earlier this week, the US Green Building Council similarly awarded Van Andel Institute (VAI) in West Michigan the highest LEED rating for New Construction, the second research center in the region to receive platinum status.

Completed in February 2011, the Billerica research center has drawn up three years of construction and is now slated for expansion with investments worth $65 million for the plan.

There are about 200 scientists inside the research center now working on cancer biology, cancer immunotherapy, oncogene signaling, medicinal chemistry, molecular modeling, protein engineering, therapeutic antibodies and manufacturing cell lines in line with areas of neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and fertility.

Green features of the 140,000 square-foot research center include high efficiency variable speed chillers, energy efficient cooling towers, high efficiency boilers, low flow fume hoods, low velocity/pressure drop, energy efficient air distribution systems, energy recovery systems on exhaust, low flow water system, and energy efficient lighting and controls.

Solar panels were likewise installed in the facility that maximize lighting features in the the lobby area and generate efficient electrical power all throughout its laboratories and other rooms. The research center also has daylight monitoring system installed all over the place to reduce power consumption.

More than 20% of the building’s contents are recycled stuffs, while 95% including brick and steel materials are reused construction wastes. In addition, more than half of the wood products used are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

The energy efficiency of the research center allows for 19% less energy consumption and 72% less water usage over a typical building.

The research center was designed by Ellenzweig, with Jones Lang LaSalle as the construction manager, BR+A as mechanical engineers, and BSC Group as civil engineers.

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