Gilbane Building Company and Landry French Construction are providing joint venture construction management at-risk services for Nordic Aquafarms’ 850,000-sq-ft fish farm and aquaculture production facility in Belfast, Maine. The team was selected through a qualification and bidding process. Nordic Aquafarms’ $250-million facility will have nine fish-farming production buildings, including hatcheries, freshwater juvenile facilities, saltwater grow-out facilities and fish processing, as well as support facilities such as office space, a central utility plant and a water treatment plant. The first of a two-phase construction begins in April and will include juvenile and two grow-out modules. It will be complete by 2021. There is no timetable for phase two. The grow-out facility will include a series of 2.2-million-gallon cast-in-place concrete tanks featuring walls up to 21 ft high. Project complexities include the coordination of mechanical components for a large-scale manufacturing facility, including a substantial amount of process piping. The facility has renewable energy targets that require sustainable systems, such as solar panels on the roofs, as well as heat exchangers that use waste heat rather than fossil fuel boilers.

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