Grifols’ Building Receives LEED Certification
The United States Green Building Council recently awarded Grifols’ newly built administration building the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
It is the second of the company’s buildings on its Johnston County campus to receive LEED certification.
“Grifols is committed to being an environmentally responsible member of the Johnston County community,” said David Kistner, Grifols’ vice president of engineering. “Sustainable design not only saves our precious natural resources, but it also helps Grifols run more efficiently. Going green is a win-win. It’s an investment that all companies should make as they grow.
The building features sustainable design elements, including:
- Locally sourced materials with high recycled content
- High-efficiency water fixtures to reduce water use
- Electric vehicle charging stations and carpooling parking spaces
- Energy Star rated appliances
Grifols also reduced the building’s total lighting power density by 29 percent compared to industry standard, emphasized natural lighting throughout employee workspaces and used materials with low concentrations of indoor volatile organic compounds to improve indoor air quality.
The blood therapeutics company is Johnston County’s largest private employer. Earlier this year, Grifols broke ground on a new $120 million, 150,000-square-foot purification and filling facility. The new building is part of the company’s $320 million investment to expand facilities at its Clayton site.
In December 2017, the company purchased 467 acres in Clayton, tripling its footprint for future expansion.
Grifols became a major North Carolina life science presence in 2011 with its $4 billion acquisition of Research Triangle Park-based Talecris Biotherapeutics.