Life Science Projects

“For more than 20 years The Richmond Group has worked with North Shore Mechanical Contractors on hundreds of technically advanced projects. We never have to worry about their ability to coordinate, manage and execute their scope of work.”

Steve Carbonneau, President
The Richmond Group

From biotech start-ups to global leaders, life sciences companies expect the best from NSMC.

Use the links below to learn more about representative life sciences projects:

Anika Therapeutics, Inc

Award Contractanika therapeutics inc life science project
$1,566,025

General Contractor
The Richmond Group
Hopkington, MA

Engineer
NSMC / ADA Engineering
Danvers/Stoneham, MA

Architect
Olsen, Lewis, Dioli & Doktor
Manchester, MA

Project Description
This project included complete demolition and renovation of an existing laboratory/Office building, with all the work to be completed on a compressed four-month schedule. NSMC participated with CM BOVIS LEND LEASE in the principal’s Council to create a safe incident and injury-free job site. Principals from each major subcontractor met monthly to conduct tours, inspections and gather worker feedback from the various trades in an open, non-threatening forum that could identify and resolve any potential safety issues before any incidents could occur. This ongoing best practice helped maintain a safe job site despite the tight construction schedule and difficult coordination among the subcontractor firms.

Features

  • Compressed Air / VAC / RODI / N2 Piping systems
  • Core toilet & shower facilities
  • Laboratory Waste & Vent distribution system
  • Tepid (Emergency) water distribution system
  • Owner furnished equipment hook-ups

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Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, MA

“We have built over 40 design-build construction projects together and count on their programming, budgeting and construction expertise to deliver value to both our real estate assets, and our life science clients.”

Tom Andrews, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.,
Landlord of Choice for the Life Science Industry®

Award Contractcubist pharmaceuticals, lexington ma life science project
$908,611

General Contractor
The Richmond Group
Hopkinton, MA

Engineer
VAV International, Inc.
Woburn, MA

Architect
Olsen, Lewis, Dioli & Doktor
Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA

Project Description
Cubist Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products that address unmet medical needs in the acute care environment. It has developed and commercialized innovative anti-infective drugs. This project was a 54,000 sf renovation of existing laboratory space. NSMC was responsible for the plumbing and process piping scope of work.

Features
Systems Installed:

  • Acid Waste (including new pH neutralization system)
  • Sanitary Waste
  • Water Distribution
  • RODI (including RO rejection skid)
  • Clean, Dry Air
  • Process Vacuum Systems
  • Nitrogen specialty gas distribution
  • Carbon Dioxide specialty gas distribution

Additional work included restrooms, emergency showers and eyewash stations.

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New England Biolabs, Ipswich, MA

Award ContractNE bio labs ipswich ma
$1,850,000

General Contractor
John Moriarty and Associates
Winchester, MA

Engineer
AHA Consulting Engineers
Lexington, MA

Architect
Jung/Brannen Associates, Inc.

Project Description
New England Biolabs is a world leader in the production and supply of reagents for the life science industry. NEB offers the largest selection of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research and continues to expand its product offerings into areas related to proteomics and drug discovery. This 180,000 s. f. building serves as New England Biolabs’ research and production facility.

NSMC was responsible for installing the piping for multiple plumbing and process systems.

Features
Laboratory systems:

  • pH neutralization system
  • Pure water system
  • RO system with integral prefilter
  • Gray water collection /storage section
  • Air compressors
  • Duplex ejector pumps
  • Potable and non-potable water systems
  • Compressed air system
  • Acid waste system
  • Lab waste systems
  • Winter garden rain and mist distribution piping

Facility systems:

  • Site and building water metering scheme
  • Domestic and gray water booster pumps
  • Floor drains
  • Domestic, non-potable and tepid water heaters
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Natural gas system
  • Sanitary system
  • Storm system

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New England Regional Laboratory of U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chelmsford, MA

“North Shore Mechanical Contractors were outstanding in terms of the quality of the products and systems supplied, technical expertise and willingness to work as part of a team environment.”

Don Porteous, EPA Region I, New England Regional Laboratory

Award ContractNE regional lab of US Envionrmental protection agency
$1,687,453

General Contractor
Erland Construction
Burlington, MA

Engineer
Bernard Johnson Corporation
Bethesda, MD

Architect
Bernard Johnson Corporation
Bethesda, MD

Project Description
New construction of 67 ,000 sq. ft. research facility designed to serve the EPA’s Northeast Region (Region 1) . NSMC installed Process Piping and Plumbing systems at this award winning facility. This structure contains environmental chemistry and biology lab space, clean rooms, hazardous waste storage areas, and partial containment lab. The laboratories were designed to support sample analysis of air, water, soil, and hazardous waste. The facility received a Gold Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED

Program
The Process Piping systems were required to support specific lab requirements. As required by the U.S EPA, the High Purity gas systems had to be designed to deliver numerous gases within controlled tolerances and delivery rates.

Features

  • Pure Water
  • pH Neutralization
  • 60/90 Hardness System
  • Vacuum Skid
  • Air Compressor
  • Well Water System
  • Liquid Nitrogen Vacuum Pump

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Sepracor, Inc., Marlborough, MA

Award Contractsepracor inc marlborough ma
$1,485,000

General Contractor
Erland Construction, Inc.
Burlington, MA

Engineer
R. G. Vanderweil Engineers, Inc.
Boston, MA

Architect
Clifford/Hoffman Associates
Boston, MA

Project Description
This project—new construction of a 192,600 sq. ft. facility—included research suites, NMR Lab, kilo labs, and office support space. The project required an accelerated schedule from groundbreaking to occupancy in just 13 months. This project was the first of three construction phases at the corporate headquarters of this innovative research-based pharmaceutical company focused on therapies for respiratory and central nervous system disorders.

Features
Laboratory Casework:

  • fume hoods
  • bio safety cabinets
  • fixtures
  • process utility turrets
  • pure water distribution use points

Plumbing:

  • domestic, protected and tepid water distribution
  • high purity water equipment and piping system
  • natural gas system
  • nitrogen piping distribution system
  • helium piping distribution system
  • specialty gas automatic change-over manifolds
  • Purified Water System
  • Reagent Grade Water System
  • Acid Pump & Transfer Station

Equipment

  • pH Neutralization Skid
  • RODI Skid by sister company Fluid Solutions, Inc.
  • Domestic and Protected Hot water boiler

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AstraZeneca M & N Project, Waltham, MA

Award Contractastrazeneca
$2,400,000

General Contractor
The Richmond Group
Hopkinton, MA

Engineer
R. G. Vanderweil Engineers, Inc.
Boston, MA

Architect
William Wilson Architects & Associates
Boston, MA

Project Description
This project for global leader AstraZeneca included two mirror image 20,000 sq. ft. 5 story buildings with 28,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space. NSMC’s scope of work included process utility piping, specialty laboratory waste collection, and plumbing.

This project was a new construction attached to an existing, functioning R&D facility. Services were integrated from the existing facility, as was the design element of low, exposed ceilings. The height restriction and small workspace required that all piping be laid out prior to installation. Planning and coordination were key elements to the project’s success, which included the use of imported materials. A significant challenge was that it was a “work and not be seen” work site. NSMC had to work closely with the client to avoid service interruption. Furthermore, additional attention had to be paid to the functioning lab area, as to not affect “in process” laboratory work.

Features

  • Specialty gas systems (Argon & Helium)
  • Laboratory plumbing fixtures
  • Emergency showers and eyewashes
  • Laboratory waste and vent system
  • Domestic, protected and tempered water distribution
  • Compressed air system and distribution
  • Sanitary and storm waste systems

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