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Connolly Completes Harmonic Drive HQ

Harmonic Drive headquarters

Beverly, MA – Connolly Brothers Inc, a general contractor and construction management firm, announced the completion of a new $16 million corporate headquarters in Beverly for Harmonic Drive LLC, a manufacturer of gearheads, gear component sets, and servo actuators.

Connolly Brothers provided pre-construction, design and engineering, and construction management services for the new 97,000sf office and manufacturing plant situated on a previously undeveloped six-acre site in the Dunham Ridge Business Park.

Founded in Beverly in 1960, Harmonic Drive relocated from two buildings in Peabody to its new U.S. headquarters. “We are excited to be back in Beverly where it all started,” said Doug Olson, CEO. 

 A three-story office building and light manufacturing/assembly space occupy 47,000sf adjacent to a 50,000sf high-bay manufacturing space. For the new headquarters, Connolly had to contend with more than 50 feet of elevation change on the land while ensuring the space would address all of Harmonic Drive’s industry-specific concerns.

The project team included Harmonic Drive LLC, owner; Connolly Brothers Inc., architect and construction manager; D&D Electrical, electrical; Pitt Pipeline, site work; Hayes Engineering, civil;  and JSN Associates, structural.

“Connolly Brothers was the perfect fit for our project given their 140-year history in Beverly and their proximity to and experience with designing and building advanced technology facilities like ours. They were able to meet our stringent budget and schedule restraints, and deliver a high-quality building. We’re proud to be their new neighbor,”  Olson added.

“When it comes to a company that makes gears that have been used not only all over the world but out of this world, on Mars and lunar rovers, we knew this project would come with some unique needs,” said Jay Connolly, president of Connolly Brothers. “That works well for us, as we’ve always avoided the one-size-fits-all approach in favor of custom-tailored solutions for our clients. It was a pleasure to work with Harmonic Drive on their new headquarters.”