The Jackson Laboratory announces Gilbane Inc. as contractor for Connecticut facility

Date: February 1, 2012
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Bar Harbor, Maine – Jackson Laboratory officials announced that Gilbane Inc., a New England construction company with a district office in Glastonbury, Conn., has been selected as program manager for The Jackson Laboratory’s proposed genomic medicine facility in Farmington, Conn.

"We're delighted to be working with a company with a long record of excellent service to clients throughout Connecticut," said Jackson President and CEO Edison Liu, M.D., “as well as 139 years of experience developing major construction projects throughout the U.S.”

JAX Genomic Medicine, a new nonprofit institute for genomics-based personalized medicine, will be built on a 17-acre site on the UConn Health Center campus in Farmington. Initial operations will begin this year in leased space while a 173,000-square-foot permanent facility is designed and built. Construction will begin in 2013, and the new facility will open in 2014. It will house 300 biomedical researchers, technicians and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories.

Liu notes that Gilbane has specialized expertise in both the program management and construction of complex research and life-science buildings, including the UConn Pharmacy Laboratory, various research facilities at Pfizer and Bayer along with the new Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Public Health Laboratory and the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility.

According to John Fitzpatrick, head of The Jackson Laboratory's Facilities Management group, “Gilbane’s unique combination of program management expertise with the mindset and approach of a hands-on builder of complex research facilities, was a key reason for choosing to work with them.”

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., a future institute in Farmington, Conn., and a total staff of about 1,400. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.


Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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