Life Science

Connolly Brothers Completes Bio-Techne HQ

Bio-Techne Corporate Headquarters

Beverly, MA – Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, announced the completion of a 26,000sf addition to the corporate headquarters of Bio-Techne Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of high-quality purified proteins and reagent solutions.

Located at 7 Jackson Road in Devens, the construction of the new, single story addition provides a combination of manufacturing and warehouse space for the life sciences company.

Designed by Maugel Architects, the new space is broken into three areas: an extended shipping area, storage and warehouse, and manufacturing. Before construction could begin Connolly had to relocate gas and fiber optic lines to secure the footprint. Due to COVID-19, the plant providing the brick veneer for the exterior of the building shut down and never reopened. Connolly had to find another product to match the existing brick building.

Located in Central Massachusetts, Devens is a 4,400 acre mixed-use community and an award winning model for military base reuse. After serving as the U.S. Army’s New England headquarters for 79 years, Fort Devens was closed in 1996. MassDevelopment purchased the property and, with financial support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, redeveloped Devens into a sustainable and diverse mixed-use community.

Due to being located on Devens, the project team had to go through unexploded ordinance (UXO) training. Fortunately, no UXOs were uncovered during construction. In addition, the project generated a surplus of fill material which could not be transported off Devens. Connolly worked with the Devens building commission to relocate the material on Devens before putting loam and grass seed on top to create a grassy area.

The project team includes owner, 8 Jackson Road LLC; construction manager, Connolly Brothers; architect, Maugel Architects; civil engineer, Meisner Brem; structural engineer, TFM Structural Engineers; electrical, Leonard Electric; plumbing, Moran Plumbing; HVAC, Tech Mechanical; and sprinkler, Ideal Fire Protection.

Bio-Techne products are integral components of scientific investigations into biological processes and molecular diagnostics, revealing the nature, diagnosis, etiology, and progression of specific diseases. They aid in drug discovery efforts and provide the means for accurate clinical tests and diagnoses.

Connolly took extra precautions throughout the project due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Extra hand-washing stations were installed on the site and employees closely followed the company’s COVID protocol.

“I had worked with Connolly Brothers on another project and brought them on board for this project,” said Bill Jackson, president at William Jackson Associates. “Their ability to turn over a project on time and on budget while delivering a good final product is the grand slam of construction.”