NUTLEY, N.J., June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The complete renovation of half the space in a key office building on the Roche campus in Nutley, N.J. has earned the company Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is the USGBC's rating and recognition system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient, and highest performing buildings. The designation is based on a points scale with Gold being the second highest certification level that can be attained.
The renovation of Building 76 was designed to achieve LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) certification for energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. "Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "As a new member of the LEED family of green buildings, Roche Nutley's Building 76 is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement."
"The leading-edge technology in this building and its design speaks volumes about how we work together and collaborate in an open environment," said Ivor Macleod, General Manager at the Roche Nutley site. "The environmentally-friendly features of the building also reflect Roche's commitment to sustainability, and the major investment is a sign of our commitment to the site as a major research center," he added.
In the award-winning Roche project, nine floors, or approx. 159,000 sq. ft., of Building 76 were refurbished. The renovation created space for over 440 employees working in 16 different areas. The architect for the project was HDR CUH2A, Princeton, N.J., and the engineer was Daou Engineers, Inc., North Andover, M.A. Concept design for the project started in the third quarter of 2007, with construction beginning in Septembe
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