Columbia, MD (PRWEB) November 03, 2014
On Thursday, October 30, 2014 at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of its new 90,000-square-foot global headquarters here, W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) announced that the building has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Pictured here during the ceremony with the LEED Silver plaque are (left to right): Maryland Deputy Secretary for the Environment David Costello, Grace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fred Festa, and Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development Dominick Murray.
Designed and constructed to strict environmental standards, the three-story office building incorporated many products from the Grace Construction Products division, including waterproofing, fireproofing and concrete materials. Among the sustainable design features are a pervious concrete parking area, high-efficiency lighting and HVAC, and systems to reuse storm water for irrigation.
The new building is the centerpiece of the company’s 160-acre campus in Columbia. When Grace opened a research and development facility here in 1958, it was the largest industrial chemicals research center in Maryland. The company moved its global headquarters to the site in 1999 where today nearly 600 employees provide business leadership as well as multi-tiered research and development, technical service and analytical support to customers around the world.
Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts; engineered and packaging materials; and specialty construction chemicals and building materials. The company’s three industry-leading business segments—Grace Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies, and Grace Construction Products—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that improve the products and processes of our customer partners in over 155 countries around the world. Grace employs approximately 6,800 people including 1,200 in Maryland, in over 40 countries. Grace’s 2013 net sales were $3.1 billion. More information about Grace is available at grace.com.
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