Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced today that it has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification for its biologics manufacturing facility in Devens, Massachusetts. The laboratory and office building at the same facility received LEED Gold certification in December 2009.
LEED certification, established by U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“We are especially pleased to have received this recognition,” said Chris Perley, vice president and general manager of Bristol-Myers Squibb Devens operations.
“Our new facility, one of the largest of its kind in the world, demonstrates how Bristol-Myers Squibb is incorporating sustainability into its facilities and operations,” said Perley. “The company chose a former military base and consciously designed and constructed the facility in such a way to earn this distinction.”
To gain certification, the project used advanced energy modeling during the design. “Through the selection of high efficiency windows, insulation, and high efficiency motors, the manufacturing building is expected to consume 11 percent less energy compared to a building of similar size and use,” said Daniel Noberini, associate director of Environment, Health and Safety for the Devens operations.
If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial production in 2011, the Devens facility is expected to manufacture Orencia® (abatacept), the company’s first internally discovered biologic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.
“For us, being green goes beyond meeting environmental mandates. Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to reducing the impact of its operations on the environment,” said Susan Voigt, vice president for Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability.
Some of the environmental highlights of the Devens facility include:
The laboratory and office building, awarded LEED Gold certification late last year, features no enclosed office spaces. As a result, 92 percent of all the work spaces receive natural light from the building’s large glass windows – an exemplary achievement which creates a pleasant work environment for employees. The “greenness” factor at Devens has also gained the attention of prospective employees who favor companies with strong sustainability programs.
LEED certification is the latest in a drumbeat of recognition for the company’s sustainability achievements and its commitment to the preservation of natural resources and efforts to minimize the environmental impact of its operations and products.
In September 2009, Newsweek named Bristol-Myers Squibb one of the greenest companies in America in the magazine’s first ever “Green Ranking” of the nation’s 500 largest companies, placing the company in eighth position.
Also in September, Dow Jones included Bristol-Myers Squibb in its annual Sustainability North America Index, a key reference for investors, while Corporate Responsibility Officers Magazine recognized the company as its “Best Corporate Citizen” for 2009 and ranked the company in seventh place for 2010.