New Saint-Gobain Headquarters Built To Showcase Product Prowess

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Forget about product showrooms; the nearly-complete new Frazer headquarters for Saint-Gobain is literally built on its products from the ground up. Featuring countless numbers of solutions from more than 30 categories, the expansive 320,000-square-foot central office is the ultimate showcase for the world’s largest building materials company.

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VP of Global Communications Carmen Ferrigno.

“Everything from the roof to bearings in printers is ours,” spokesman Carmen Ferrigno said in a Philadelphia Business Journal report. “All of these little things you didn’t realize were there are our materials and products. We call it a living laboratory. We can look at how things are performing. We can show customers different items and have different tours within the building. We are trying to explain the sum is greater than the parts.”

Renowned for its American subsidiary CertainTeed, which produces roofing, siding, trim, sheathing, fence, decking, railing, drywall and insulation, Saint-Gobain also manufactures brands like Solar Gard residential films, drywall joint FibaTape, New York Wire insect screening, Vertex mesh wall and floor reinforcement, variable-tint SageGlass, Gyproc plaster, Ecophon acoustics, Plafometal suspended ceilings and Isover insulation, among many others.

All of that is coming together in a massive redevelopment orchestrated by Downingtown-based partners E. Kahn Development Corp. and J. Loew & Associates along with Aegon Realty Advisors, representing the former owner of the property.

The masterpiece is expected to house 800 employees shortly after move-in day this October and grow to 1,000 in the coming years, with plenty of room for at least another 500,000 square feet on the 65-acre campus.

“We can grow here over the next 10, 20, 30 years,” Ferrigno said. “That’s the intention. We don’t have any plans yet, but if you look at the history of the company, we see a lot of opportunity here not only with the construction industry but in the other industries we are involved in.”

Saint-Gobain’s former 100,000-square-foot headquarters in Wayne will go to Life Time Fitness.

Read more about the company’s living laboratory and its architectural features and amenities in the Philadelphia Business Journal here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of the project here, here and here.

 

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