The new Horizon Building at EMD Serono’s Research & Development Hub in Billerica, MA, achieved Platinum level WELL Certification™️ through the International WELL Building Institute (and Gold level LEED Certification through the US Green Building Council (USGBC)). It is one of only three WELL Certified™️ projects in Massachusetts to reach the Platinum level designation.
The 142,000 SF facility was designed to achieve the highest standards in health & wellness and environmental performance while encouraging research innovation. The building houses research labs, work spaces built for collaboration, and a new campus café.
Some of the notable health & wellness features incorporated in the design of the Horizon building include:
The project is also notable from a health & wellness standpoint for EMD Serono’s commitment to supporting all parties involved inthe project. An emphasis was placed not only on the building occupants themselves, but on construction worker safety and the quality of working conditions.
The Horizon Building is also targeting LEED v4 Gold certification. Notable sustainability features include:
The Green Engineer provided sustainable design consulting services on this project. Our scope included WELL Certification project management, LEED Certification project management, daylighting analysis, and lifecycle analysis.
Other AEC team members who also contributed to the Horizon Building’s success as a model for health &wellness and sustainability are:
Lead Architect: PM Group
Interior Architect: Intec Group
MEP Engineer: BR+A
Civil / Landscape Engineer: BSC Group
Lighting Designer: Phil Infurna, Interstate Electrical Services
Structural Engineer: LeMessurier
Construction Manager: Erland Construction
Artist/Sculptor: Gints Ginsberg
Acoustical Engineer: Acentech
Commercial Kitchen: L2M
Food Service: Compass USA
HVAC Commissioning Agent: Arup
Building Envelope CxA: Building Restoration Services
WELL Performance Verification: Catalyst Partners