DECCO is proud to announce that its exceptional work in the life sciences industry has been recently acknowledged by respected organizations within the construction industry. Engineering-News Record (ENR) and both the Massachusetts and New Hampshire/Vermont Chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) have recognized DECCO’s remarkable work.
ENR recently recognized DECCO for its collaboration with construction manager, Commodore Builders, for its work on Rentschler Biopharma’s Manufacturing Center in Milford, MA. This state-of-the-art facility, which features manufacturing cleanroom space and houses four new 2,000 L single-use bioreactors, has been named a 2023 Regional Best Project in Manufacturing. DECCO’s expertise in providing process piping, prefabricated components and system assemblies aided in the onsite execution of work to achieve the project schedule.
The facility expansion is expected to double Rentschler Biopharma’s global cGMP capacity that focuses on the commercial production of highly complex molecules to treat various diseases, including cancer and COVID-19. This recognition further highlights DECCO’s commitment to excellence and its contribution to the advancement of the life sciences industry.
ABC’s MA and NH/VT Chapters also recognized DECCO for their process piping services working alongside DPR Construction on Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Project Atlas in Plainville, MA. The project team worked together on an aggressive schedule to bring the facility online to meet the demands of the market. The 290,000-square-foot building was converted from a cold shell warehouse into a viral vector manufacturing facility. The project consisted of building out a manufacturing cleanroom space, lab and support space, clean warehouse, office, and utility space. The facility produces clinical and commercial viral vectors, which are used for the manufacturing of gene therapy products. DECCO’s off-site construction of prefabricated components reduced construction on the site resulting in improved safety with fewer workers on-site and improved construction quality. DECCO was awarded the Leadership Award from ABC’s Massachusetts Chapter and the Excellence in Construction (EIC) Award from ABC’s New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter for its role in Project Atlas.
At the ABC NH/VT Chapter’s Excellence in Awards Gala, DECCO was presented with the EIC Award for Project Atlas and was also honored to present a second award to the family of Bill Kenyon, a 35-year DECCO employee-partner who worked on the project. Bill passed away in September of 2023, and DECCO wanted to recognize his incredible contributions to the project and to the company as a whole. Craig Kenyon, Bill’s son, graciously accepted the award on behalf of his family.
“Everyone at DECCO should be proud of the work our team accomplished for DPR and Thermo-Fisher on ‘Project Atlas.’ We knew it was going to be a very difficult project with its size and complexity so we assembled a team we knew could get it done and they did,” said CEO Kyle Reagan. “Bill Kenyon did what Bill Kenyon has always done over his 30-year career with us—he delivered, all while battling an illness that would ultimately take him too soon. I feel like we use the term “hero” too often, but anything short of heroic doesn’t describe what Billy and his team accomplished.”