Genzyme captures gold in R&D lab design


By George Miller

Confronting the difficult head-on, Genzyme Corp. has achieved a high-level certification for energy and environmental design in its Framingham, MA R&D facility unveiled in late September.

The $125 million Science Center carries the gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. Gold marks the second-highest level available in the system.

The certification encompasses design and construction criteria in site planning, material use, energy, indoor environmental quality, and water management.

The facility is one of only 10 labs to achieve this ratings level, according to company spokesperson Erin Emlock.

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