Nordic Aquafarms selects construction managers for Belfast, Maine RAS
Nordic Aquafarms has announced that the company has selected Gilbane Building Company and Landry/French Construction as construction managers for the planned salmon recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) in Belfast, Maine.
The two companies will manage the construction of the company’s 850,000 gross-square-foot production facility, which is being planned in two phases. The first phase, according to Nordic, is slated to be operational in 20201.
“By partnering with Gilbane, an experienced builder of food production facilities and a company that shares our commitment to environmental stewardship, we’re confident that the Belfast site will serve as the future of land-based seafood production in the United States,” Nordic Aquafarms CEO Erik Heim said. “We are excited for the opportunity to expand the relationship with Gilbane as a national service provider to include future projects as NAF grows.”
The proposed layout of the building, according to the company, includes nine buildings including hatcheries, freshwater juvenile facilities, grow-out facilities, and peripheral support facilities. Gilbane has rated highly as one of the top contractors in the country, and has previous experience constructing a 985.5-acre brewery expansion project in Mexicali Mexico for Constellation Brands, as well as the 260,000-square-foot Kerry Innovation and Technical Center in Beloit, Wisconsin, U.S.A. a LEED-NC Gold certified building.
“As a leading builder of manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Gilbane will leverage our vast experience in constructing complex and varied food production facilities in making that mission a reality while Landry/French, a leading contractor in Maine, will bring the local knowledge and key relationships to this important project,” Mike O’Brien, head of Gilbane’s Boston and Northern New England offices, said. “We share Nordic Aquafarms’ commitment to sustainability and minimal environmental impact and are extremely excited to break ground on this pioneering project.”
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