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  • Location Plainville, MA
  • Vertical Life Sciences
  • Capability Fire Protection, HVAC
  • Delivery Method Design Build

A large pharmaceutical manufacturing facility was outfitted with complete HVAC and fire protection systems in record time.

About this Project

TG Gallagher recently completed a 290,000-square-foot pharmaceutical manufacturing facility for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s campus in Plainville. A retrofit of an existing building shell, the project required its utilities to be set up as foundry-adaptive to create a single-use, multi-purpose facility. This was a fast-paced project where TGG was able to deliver complete HVAC and fire protection systems within 12 months of the project award.

The team crafted HVAC hangers and supports, pipe racks, pump skids, a PCHW control valve station, a high-pressure steam PRV station, as well as all chilled water, hot water, process chilled water, and steam condensate piping.

During the project, there were safety concerns regarding fall protection, confined space ergonomics, and rigging in tight spaces. TGG’s Safety Team worked with the project team members to mitigate these hazards and ensure the field personnel could work efficiently. This included installing horizontal lifelines to ensure tie-off points for employees for fall protection, attaching a dance floor to the level two mezzanine for easy access above the future lab spaces, scheduling a lull telehandler that met capacity concerns, and providing a qualified operator and numerous riggers to complete the work scope.

Throughout the project, TGG maintained communication with Thermo Fisher and DPR Construction to ensure end-user satisfaction with all installed systems. No additional rework was required on completed systems due to TGG’s proactive determination of future connections. TGG also completed the piping coordination of gaps in the design drawings for functional HVAC systems.

In Collaboration With

  • Owner Thermo Fisher
  • Architect SMMA - Symmes Maini & Mckee
  • Engineer PM Group
  • General Contractor DPR Construction