WALTHAM, MA — Dassault Systèmes, a world leader in 3D and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, officially opened its DS Boston Campus, the company’s new North American headquarters. Located in Waltham, the award-winning 27-acre campus is heralded as a showcase for sustainable innovation, the creation of lifelike experiences using 3D, and has been LEED-certified, demonstrating the company’s commitment to conserving national resources.
Public figures, such as François Delattre, France’s ambassador to the US, and Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray joined Dassault Systèmes president and CEO Bernard Charlès and North America managing director Al Bunshaft at the opening event, which included an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, a tour of the campus, and demos of the company’s latest 3D technologies.
During his welcome address, Charlès stated, “What you see behind me is not just a building. It is a living laboratory for our Dassault Systèmes vision. From this place, we will reach out to the world with our technology and services. This is where we will help creative people visualize solutions to the challenges that face the world, validate that those visions will work, and plan how to bring those visions to life in the most efficient, sustainable way possible.”
Added Al Bunshaft, “We wanted to create a healthy work environment where people would love the space they work in, while promoting creativity and collaboration.”
Massachusetts has a rich history of innovation, said Murray, and we continue to welcome new ideas and business growth across the state. “The Patrick-Murray Administration is thrilled to have Dassault Systèmes grow in Massachusetts, and we look forward to the success of their expanded footprint and latest 3D technologies,” he added.
The Boston Campus brings together employees who had previously been split between locations in Concord and Lowell, Massachusetts. It includes 320,000 square feet of office, technology lab, and data center space, along with a virtual reality center, the campus’ breakthrough facility for implementing and experiencing unique virtual worlds with Dassault Systèmes technology.
The campus was designed and outfitted with sustainable innovation in mind. More than 2,000 tons of recycled steel were used in construction and 61,000 tons of structural materials re-used as fill. The heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) units use a chemical-free electrostatic water treatment unit instead of chlorine. Overall energy use is reduced by 29 percent through a combination of high-efficiency rooftop HVAC units and boilers.
The DS Boston campus has been awarded Gold LEED Construction Certification, along with the Commercial Brokers Association Suburban Office Deal of the Year and the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development (MassEcon) Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award.
The interiors were designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, with Columbia Construction providing pre-construction and construction management services. Elkus Manfredi Architects used Dassault Systèmes’ DraftSight and SolidWorks solutions to help fulfill the strict environmental requirements for LEED Gold Certification of the interior design.
As Europe’s second-largest software company, Dassault Systèmes serves manufacturers in all industries, from automotive and aerospace to fashion, high-tech and consumer goods. A broad range of American corporations—from Boeing and P&G to Tesla Automotive and Terrafugia, makers of the world’s first commercially-available flying car, utilize 3D solutions from Dassault Systèmes to make their ideas a reality.
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 130,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes applications provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product, DELMIA for virtual production, SIMULIA for virtual testing, ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, EXALEAD for search-based applications, SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences.
Sustainable innovation is a fundamental objective for Dassault Systèmes as its PLM solutions allow companies to measure and reduce the environmental impacts of their products, from design to end-of-life. Upholding its commitment to sustainability, the Core & Shell of the company’s Boston Campus has been certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Sustainable innovation is a fundamental objective for Dassault Systèmes, as its PLM solutions allow companies to measure and reduce the environmental impacts of their products, from design to end of life. Upholding its commitment to sustainability, the core and shell of the company’s Boston Campus has been certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
BY THE NUMBERS
· Saved $500,000 through reuse and recycling efforts
· Prevented 21,000 trips to landfill (for large trucks)
· Used 2,000 tons of recycled steel in construction
· Re-used 61,000 tons of structural materials as structural fill
RAISING THE ROOF
· Roof has high reflection rating to reduce the heat island effect
· Overall energy use is reduced by 29% through a combination of high-efficiency rooftop HVAC units and boilers
· Rooftop HVAC units use a chemical-free electrostatic water treatment unit instead of chlorine
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
· Half of the property is located within the Cambridge Reservoir watershed; the other half is a tributary adjacent to a wetland
· All runoff drains into the Lower Basin of the Charles River
· Quality of the stormwater runoff is critical to the regional water resources and supplies
· An existing 200,000-gallon underground storage tank was converted to capture stormwater runoff for irrigation
· All stormwater that falls on paved surfaces is cleaned by a water treatment system and further polished by a six-foot deep retention pond before irrigating landscaping and recharging groundwater
· Native, drought-resistant vegetation and low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce the demand for irrigation water
· Badge Printing – Reduces “print and forget” scenarios by requiring employee badges to trigger printing at the printer
· No Disposables – Reusable plates, silverware, and cups; at current usage levels, Dassault Systèmes will save nearly 1,000,000 paper cups a year
· Recycling – All plastics, corrugated cardboard, paper, metals are recycled; food scraps from prepared meals are composted
· Fountain Drinks – Reduces can and bottle waste
· Smart Light Sensors – Only illuminate when a room is occupied
· Low-Emission Preferred Parking – The campus has 58 garage spaces reserved for low emission/fuel efficient vehicles
· Low-flow Plumbing Fixtures – Reduce water use by more than 40%
· Energy-Efficient Gym Equipment – Treadmills are self-powered