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FRAMINGHAM, MA-Biotech giant Genzyme Corp. will begin construction next month on a six-story, glass-enclosed research building here that will be part of a three-building, $210-million manufacturing and research expansion project slated for Massachusetts.

The firm is also adding a $53-million expansion within its Allston Landing cell-culture manufacturing facility that will increase manufacturing capacity by 50%; and, it plans a $33.5-million expansion of laboratories in Waltham, including the construction of a second research building.

“We anticipate continued growth over the next five years and anticipate these new buildings will provide for that need,” a Genzyme spokeswoman tells GlobeSt.com.

The 177,000-sf Framingham facility, which will open in 2007 at 45 New York Ave., will house early stage scientific research and incorporate energy efficient design similar to those used at the firm’s landmark headquarters in Cambridge when it opens in 2007. As part of that project, Genzyme will participate in the Labs 21 program, an EPA program with the goal to improve the environmental performance of laboratory space in the US. As part of that participation, Genzyme will include green features such as sophisticated heating and cooling systems, low flow water fixtures and plantings that require minimal water, into the design. The project also includes a separate utility building that will provide steam and cooled water along with other utilities to the new building and three other Genzyme buildings on the Framingham campus.

The new Waltham facility, which will be located adjacent to Genzyme’s existing facility at 150 Second Ave., also will incorporate energy efficient concepts. The expansion at Genzyme’s Allston Landing facility calls for the construction of a 1.5 megawatt cogeneration plant which will produce all of the facility’s steam needs and 75% of its electricity. Construction on that plant will begin in August of next year with completion slated for the end of 2008.

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