BSC Project Achieves WELL Gold Certification for EMD Serono Building

BSC was honored to celebrate last night, amongst team firms, the achievements of EMD Serono’s Sagamore building expansion project in Billerica. The project was awarded a Gold Level WELL Certification, which is the first certified Gold WELL project in the United States and the second in the world under the “New and Existing Buildings” category. The project entailed a 30,000 square-foot building addition and newly renovated office space.

Contributing to the great success of the project was BSC’s work providing civil/site engineering, landscape architecture, permitting, and construction administration services. BSC began work on the pre-existing LEED-certified building in 2016, preparing entitlement permits prior to construction. Through a series of additional service requests, BSC worked on nearly all phases of the project, from preparing the initial site plans to construction inspection services. Also notable, as part of our landscape architecture services, BSC prepared a campus-wide planting plan of the 22-acre site. This included a schematic planting design that served as a guideline for general best maintenance practices and is reflective of the natural and picturesque environment, while providing users with opportunities to utilize outdoor space.

WELL Certification is offered to buildings that promote personnel and community wellness, through such amenities as air quality measures, fitness facilities, lighting, and nutritious dining options. Example WELL features at the Sagamore building include highly efficient LED lighting, an inviting outdoor landscape to promote walking and outdoor activities, it does not sell or produce any food or beverages that are trans-fat or are high-sugar content, and has passed the WELL certification indoor air quality performance test.