Saint-Gobain Expands Philadelphia Footprint; Announces New North American Headquarters

  Saint-Gobain Expands Philadelphia Footprint; Announces New North American
  Headquarters

  - Global building materials manufacturer signs long-term lease for 65-acre
  Chester County campus to prepare for greater growth and expansion in North
                                  America -

Business Wire

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. -- April 14, 2014

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, announces plans
for a new, state-of-the-art North American corporate headquarters at 20 Moores
Road in Malvern, Pa., where it has signed a long-term lease for 320,000 square
feet of space. The 65-acre Chester County campus, previously the headquarters
for Aegon Group, will be transformed into a LEED-certified facility for
Saint-Gobain and its North American construction materials subsidiary,
CertainTeed Corporation – both of which are also currently headquartered in
Valley Forge, Chester County. Saint-Gobain’s relocation will position the
global building materials manufacturer for greater growth and expansion in
North America. The redesign of the campus will be led by E. Kahn Development
Corporation and J. Loew Associates in collaboration with AEGON Realty Advisors
with construction expected to begin this month and be completed by fall 2015.

Taking full advantage of its extensive portfolio of building materials,
Saint-Gobain believes the new headquarters’ dynamic design will deliver an
energizing, sustainable work environment that will attract and retain top
talent for years to come. The new campus will also, for the first time, allow
the company’s local research team, currently based in Montgomery County, to be
integrated with the company’s operations team on one site. In total, the
relocation will bring approximately 120 additional employees to Chester County
and raise the company’s total employee count at the new headquarters to more
than 800. Saint-Gobain expects to accommodate future job growth and have the
flexibility to relocate additional business units from its diverse portfolio
to the integrated site in Malvern.

“This headquarters marks a step change in Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed’s
ability to serve our North American markets, and it will be a shining example
of a 21^st century manufacturing business,” said John Crowe, President and CEO
of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations. “With the building industry
continuing to rebound, we’ve seized the opportunity to create a focal point
for innovative design and development on the Eastern Seaboard, a place where
our businesses and employees can continue to grow in a fully integrated,
modern space that promotes collaboration across our business units, while
offering significant room for future expansion.”

Founded in 1665 by French King Louis XIV in Paris, Saint-Gobain has been a
leader of innovative building materials for nearly 350 years. According to
Saint-Gobain, its new North American headquarters will set the stage for
continued innovation for the next 50 years, creating a next-generation
workplace that maximizes comfort and air quality through the use of a wide
range of building material innovations from its own product portfolio,
including materials from CertainTeed Corporation, SAGE Glass, Saint-Gobain
ADFORS, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, and others from Saint-Gobain’s
family of companies. At the same time, Saint-Gobain asserts that the
installation of so many of its products will create a “living laboratory”
where its research team can measure the impact its products have on a real
workspace environment.

The exterior renovations and lobby of the new headquarters are being designed
by Bernardon Haber Holloway with the interiors being designed by Jacobs. By
leveraging the full range of Saint-Gobain’s portfolio of sustainable products
and technologies, the headquarters is expected to achieve the U.S. Green
Building Council’s LEED^® Certification. The goal is to create a workplace
that is energy-efficient, has superior air-quality and moisture management,
and makes a material difference in the comfort and health of employees.

“This is a unique opportunity to work with one of the world’s premier
construction materials leaders to create a transformative workplace
experience,” said Eli Kahn, President of E. Kahn Development Corporation. “The
depth of building science expertise and range of sustainable materials
Saint-Gobain brings to this project will make it an icon among sustainable
workplaces worldwide.”

Binswanger brokered the lease on behalf of Saint-Gobain. Over the course of a
multi-year search, Binswanger worked with Saint-Gobain to identify locations
for its new corporate headquarters. Ultimately, Saint-Gobain selected a
suburban campus along the Philadelphia corridor that could provide integrated,
mixed-use space with significant room for expansion. At the same time, the new
Malvern campus remains accessible to the company’s expert employee base, many
of whom reside in Chester and Montgomery Counties.

“At Saint-Gobain, collaboration is at the core of everything we have done and
will do,” said Crowe. “As we approach the company’s 350^th anniversary, we
will celebrate and strengthen our collaborative culture with a new
headquarters that promotes greater employee interaction, demonstrates the
power of our innovations and can serve as a home to the next generation of
innovators.”

Editor’s Note: Project renderings and interviews available upon request.

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has its North
American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in
sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help
professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable,
healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than
265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the
United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9
billion in 2013.

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012, 2013, and
2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition
for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy
efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit
www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with the company on Facebook and
Twitter.

About CertainTeed Corporation in North America

CertainTeed Corporation is North America’s leading brand of exterior and
interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking,
railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings and is Saint-Gobain’s largest
North American subsidiary. CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700
employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United
States and Canada with sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2013.

Contact:

Saint-Gobain in North America:
Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
610-341-7031 (office)
484-919-2103 (mobile)
dina.pokedoff@saint-gobain.com
or
Brownstein Group for Saint-Gobain in North America:
Nicole Gainer
267-238-4147 (office)
856-266-1707 (mobile)
ngainer@brownsteingroup.com
 
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