CoreNet Honors EMC HQ Project

A precedent-setting sustainability initiative completed by SMMA for EMC at the company’s Hopkinton, Massachusetts, headquarters won top honors in CoreNet Global New England’s 2012 Awards of Excellence. 

The EMC initiative, winner of CoreNet’s Best Practice in Sustainability Award, was cited by the jury for developing and sharing new benchmarks for companies seeking LEED certification for existing research-intensive buildings. The jury recognized the collaboration of EMC’s Global Real Estate Facilities Department, EMC employees and the architects, engineers and sustainability consultants of SMMA in overcoming significant obstacles to achieve LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings for the 640,000-square-foot facility. The corporate headquarters initiative is part of EMC’s continuous commitment to global leadership in sustainable practices and energy efficiency.

According to Martine Dion, Director of Sustainability for SMMA, “the lack of comparable facilities and existing criteria within the LEED EB program provided our most significant challenge.” Working with the US Green Buildings Council, SMMA and EMC documented a case for industry-best practices, and developed new performance metrics for how R & D organizations can develop and apply protocols to conserve energy and reduce waste.

 “The valuable solutions developed on this project will be enormously helpful to other organizations interested in finding ways to reduce overhead cost, improve environmental performance or earn a LEED certification,” said Sandy Lehane, Global Facilities Planning Manager for EMC. “We are thrilled to be recognized by CoreNet Global with this award.”