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Post Time:Jul 31,2008Classify:Industry NewsView:370

Saint-Gobain expanding Northboro site

NORTHBORO— Compagnie de Saint-Gobain will use many of its own building products when it begins an expansion of its research and development center at 9 Goddard Road. The $15 million construction project will begin Wednesday, providing space for 160 employees currently housed in trailers, and up to 40 new employees, the company said.

The expansion will add 61,000 square feet of laboratory, office and meeting space. Some 30 new jobs will initially be created with the completion of the building, bringing the total work force in Northboro to 340.

The Northboro site is the largest of Saint-Gobain’s four worldwide research centers, which together have an annual research budget of $620 million. The center specializes in research into building materials, plastics, ceramics and abrasives, as well as the development of technology to promote energy efficiency in buildings. 

Several of Saint-Gobain’s research and development teams have relocated to the Northboro site over the last four years, the company said. The site had been expanded in 2003, when one building was converted from manufacturing to research use. The Boston architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch is designing the expansion, which should be completed by next spring. Construction is being managed by general contractor A.J. Martini of Winchester.

The completed building will have a silver rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system of the U.S. Green Building Council, with a high level of energy efficiency. Construction will use some of Saint-Gobain’s own building products, including those of its subsidiary, CertainTeed, for ceilings, gypsum wallboard, insulation, roofing and foundation products.

A groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday will feature Jacques Aschenbroich, chief executive for Saint-Gobain in North America, as well as other senior managers from the company.

Paris-based Saint-Gobain has 2,600 employees in Massachusetts, with production facilities in Worcester, Milford, Norwood and Northampton. 

Source: Telegram & GazetteAuthor: admin

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