Ellenzweig Project Achieves WELL Gold Certification


Project Sagamore, completed for EMD Serono in Billerica, Massachusetts, has been awarded Gold Level WELL Certification for “New and Existing Buildings” from the International Well Building Institute (IWBI). The new building is the first project in the United States and the second in the world to achieve Gold certification in the “New and Existing Buildings” category. Project Sagamore is only the third project in this category to be certified in the U.S. at any level.

WELL Certification is based on building performance and requires a passing score for each of the seven categories of the WELL Building Standard: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. A WELL-certified building improves the health and well-being of its occupants through nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, and performance.

An addition that more than doubles the size of an existing building, the project is the latest expansion of EMD’s research and development campus, designed by Ellenzweig over the course of 19 years.  The new Sagamore facilities include an open lobby, interaction area and café, outdoor patios, fitness center, four workstation neighborhoods with adjacent quiet rooms, meeting and collaboration spaces, and an auditorium.  The building features an open design that allows for choice and flexibility in where and how employees work.  Employee engagement strategies focused on four C’s:  choice, comfort, collaboration, and challenge—as in challenging the norms of how EMD employees interact with their environment.  The bold, branded colors have an important impact on the otherwise monochromatic palette, representing the impact EMD has on the world’s health and well-being.

Key team-member contributions were made by Intec Group, Red Thread, BR+A Consulting Engineers, The Green Engineer, JLL Construction, and our client, EMD Serono.