Schneider Electric is building a 235,000-sq ft (21,832-sq m) Global Innovation and Technology Center just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. When complete, the new center will house a world-class research and development (R&D) laboratory and bring together more than 850 Schneider Electric employees, plus growth potential for expansion.

The new Technology Center will serve as a North American R&D hub for Schneider Electric, making it one of five Global R&D centers around the world serving Schneider Electric’s 131,000 employees and customers. The center will combine all of the company’s business units under one roof. With this cross-discipline integration at the new facility, Schneider Electric will work to define new classes of technology designed to assist organizations, companies, governments and consumers around the world advance efficiency and energy management. Schneider Electric is headquartered in Rueil-Malmaison, Paris, France, and the new Global Innovation and Technology Center in Andover, Massachusetts, joins four existing Schneider Electric Global R&D centers located in North America, Europe and Asia.

In addition to housing high-tech R&D activities, the Global Innovation and Technology Center also will include a StruxureLab — a cross-discipline technology integration laboratory where Schneider Electric tests and validates its solutions, as well as a customer innovation center, a training facility and a state-of-the-art conference facility. Part of the mission of the Global Innovation and Technology Center is to support a strong relationship between the company’s developers, customers and marketing specialists, a connection Schneider Electric sees as essential to the development of highly competitive, world-class products and solutions.

The Schneider Electric R&D facility will leverage the latest Schneider Electric technologies and solutions to make it one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. The building will be optimized using Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare software applications and suites to provide best-in-class energy and building management. It will leverage critical power and cooling, power distribution and control, and video surveillance and lighting, all from Schneider Electric. The facility will leverage the SmartStruxure Building Management solution and a highly efficient chilled beam HVAC system that will reduce costs as well as operation and maintenance requirements. The building is planned to be LEED certified at the time of its opening.

The new Technology Center will incorporate Schneider Electric’s vision of energy efficiency through sustainable development, design and continuous performance management to ensure optimized operations.