Saint-Gobain’s North American HQ Earns LEED Platinum

The 277,000-square-foot office building opened on Oct. 15, 2015, in Malvern, Pa., marking a milestone celebration of the company’s 350th anniversary.

By Adriana Pop, Senior Associate Editor

PhiladelphiaSaint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies, has received LEED Platinum certification for its North American corporate headquarters at 20 Moores Road in Malvern, Pa.

Saint-Gobain North American HQ in Malvern, Pa.
Saint-Gobain North American HQ in Malvern, Pa.

The 277,000-square-foot office project received the certification for both commercial interiors, and core and shell, thanks to its sustainable design that places equal value on environmental sustainability, employee wellbeing and comfort.

The building opened on Oct. 15, 2015, on the exact day of Saint-Gobain’s 350th anniversary. The company was founded in 1665 by King Louis XIV of France to manufacture glass for the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

The new headquarters, the result of an 18-month redevelopment of a long-dormant 1960s two-building complex, is now a dynamic showcase for Saint-Gobain and its North American construction materials subsidiary CertainTeed Corp.

To maximize the comfort and health of employees, Saint-Gobain incorporated a wide range of its own materials into the building. The use of these products aims to improve air quality, moisture management, acoustics, energy efficiency, thermal management and ergonomics, creating a “living laboratory,” where the company’s research team can measure the benefits that these materials provide to the real workplace.

The facility’s interior design features flexible configurations that encourage collaboration and inspire creativity. The project includes open-concept office spaces, 116 collaborative spaces, gourmet cafeteria along with other food and beverage spaces, a fitness facility, a natural pond, a fountain installation and 1.3 miles of walking trails.

“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” stated John Crowe, president & CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corp. “That vision connects deeply with our values at Saint-Gobain and reinforces the purpose of our new headquarters, which is to honor the past accomplishments of 14 generations of employees, and invigorate today’s employees who uphold Saint-Gobain’s rich heritage of improving the built environment and driving the green building movement.”

“Saint-Gobain’s LEED Platinum certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” added Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & founding chair, USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed serve as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

The E. Kahn Development Corp. and J. Loew & Associates Inc., in collaboration with AEGON USA Realty Advisors LLC, led the headquarters’ redesign. Partners in the project included: Bernardon, exterior and lobby architect; Jacobs, interior designer; and D. Fickler Construction LLC, general contractor; as well as local sustainability consulting firms, including The Sheward Partnership, Jacobs and Sustainable Solutions Corp.

Image courtesy of Saint-Gobain