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We Build…® Life Sciences | Meet Executive Program Manager Gordon Brailsford

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We Build…® Life Sciences

JC&A builds for the world’s top Life Sciences companies including Sanofi, Takeda, Biogen, Pfizer, Quest, Parexel, Shire and Tesaro. Our specialized Life Sciences team has extensive experience working in challenging cGMP environments including occupied spaces, clean rooms, operational vivariums and labs.

Meet our newest addition to our Life Sciences team, Executive Program Manager, Gordon Brailsford.  Gordon has more than 20 years of real estate, development, capital project and facilities planning experience.   He’s worked on a variety of projects in the life sciences and food and beverage industries including laboratory, office and manufacturing facilities.  He has also worked on the client side as the Associate Director of Capital Projects for Genzyme managing major complex projects for the expansion of their Allston Landing manufacturing facility and master site plan in Framingham.  Most recently, he worked as the Associate Director of Real Estate for Sanofi having global experience with master planning and workplace strategy sites in France, Germany and Cambridge.

What drew you to the Life Sciences Sector?

Everyone has a story or knows a loved one or close friend battling with a life debilitating disease. The Life Sciences Sector has allowed me the privilege to pursue a rewarding career that makes a difference in patients’ lives and to build inspiring workplaces and facilities where people can do their best jobs in finding the next cure, offering hope and delivering life changing therapies to those in need.

What do you love about it?

I love the diversity of project types that this sector offers and the opportunity to work with a wide range of Life Sciences clients doing important work to improve the lives of patients.  From research and development laboratory facilities to manufacturing to administrative offices, the Life Sciences Sector offers many exciting project opportunities.

 Why JC&A?

If I had to sum it up in one word it would be “values”.  These caring values are reflected in the culture at JC&A and inspire colleagues to support each other in delivering exceptional project results for our clients across a broad range of sectors. I am excited to be part of this accomplished organization and to bring my 20 plus years of experience in the Life Sciences to the greater team!

 

JC&A Receives Community Involvement Award

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Quincy, MA  – J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A) was recently recognized at the 13th Annual Family Business Awards for business success, contributions to the community and industry, and innovative business practices and strategies and took home the Middlesex Savings Bank Award for Community Involvement.

The award was created to acknowledge a company that has had a notable positive impact on the local community.

JC&A gives back in various ways to charities and organizations that are meaningful to its employees and creates many opportunities for collective volunteerism.  The company has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Champions for Children’s, United Way and The Jimmy Fund to name a few.

It also co-founders a nonprofit, Team IMPACT, with a mission to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

Team IMPACT children are drafted onto local college athletic teams and invited to become official members of the team from Draft Day through graduation.  Since its inception in 2011, Team IMPACT has over 2,000 children at more than 600 colleges and universities across the country!

CEO Jay Calnan accepted the award on behalf of the company and stressed the importance of having a strong community and how instrumental its community has been to the success of both JC&A and Team IMPACT.

“The people of JC&A have a keen understanding of how much help we received from our community in our 20+ years of business,” said Jay Calnan, Chief Executive Officer of JC&A. “We have successfully grown from a start-up company to an industry leader and are extremely cognizant of how instrumental our community has been in helping us to realize our goals.  Our community continues to inspire us every day to be the very best we can, and we feel strongly that it is our obligation to return that support in every way we can.”

JC&A has consistently been recognized for its work in the community.    The Boston Business Journal has ranked it among the top charitable contributors for the past 12 years and in 2014,  JC&A and Team IMPACT were recognized by as Partners of the Year for their continued work to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses by matching them with college athletic teams.

Click here to watch Jay’s speech. 

 

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We Build…® Legacies

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For more than a century, The Skating Club of Boston has inspired U.S. figure skaters with a forward-thinking approach and long-standing commitment to excellence. In keeping with this history, the Club is currently underway with an unprecedented expansion by constructing a new, three-rink training facility and performance center in Norwood, MA.
JC&A is working with Studio Troika, AHA Engineers, Northstar Project & Real Estate Services and the Skating Club of Boston. At a ceremony attended by the project team, Olympic athletes Scott Hamilton and Tenley Albright, club coaches, benefactors and Norwood town officials, the Skating Club officially “broke the ice” last month signifying the start of construction.
The new 180,000-square-foot training facility will feature three rinks, a sports injury prevention and strength training center, dance studio, club and team locker rooms, coaches lounge, ticket office, lobby café, Club trophy room, library, multiple guest areas and meeting rooms, and an apparel and equipment store.
JC&A is looking forward to delivering this legacy facility next summer that will form the foundation and benefit the entire figure skating world for the next 100 years!
Check out this video from the official “Ice Breaking” in Norwood.

JC&A Holds “Breakthrough” Event for Dicerna

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Lexington, MA J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A) held a “breakthrough” event signifying the start of construction for biopharmaceutical company Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Dicerna, a leading developer of investigational ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi) therapeutics, is relocating its corporate headquarters and laboratories from Cambridge to 33 Hayden Aven., a building owned by Boston Properties. The 80,000 s/f facility, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019, comprises two floors of office space and one floor designated for laboratory usage. The tenant fit-out, designed by R.E. Dinneen Architects & Planners (REDAP), consists of 55,000 s/f on the second and third floors. The design maximizes the use of natural light and views with a completely open floor plan, intended to promote collaboration and camaraderie. Staying true to Dicerna’s values of openness and equality, there are no private offices in the space, and all workstations are equal in size. A variety of conference, meeting spaces and break-out areas provide ample opportunities for employees to choose alternative work areas. In keeping with the company’s emphasis on employee well-being, a new fitness center and yoga studio, as well as patios for outside activities, will complete the transformation of the new facility.

The new Dicerna biology/chemistry labs, consisting of 25,000 s/f on the first floor, occupy a previous tenant’s scientific facilities, but are being transformed and upgraded to meet Dicerna’s research & development facility requirements. Dicerna will use an existing three-story atrium, being renovated by base building architects Perkins + Will, as a company “Town Hall” gathering space for a variety of activities.

“We are excited to be a part of Dicerna’s transition to Lexington,” said Greg Lewis, project executive, life sciences at J. Calnan & Associates. “This is a milestone project for Dicerna to further advance their breakthrough therapies. Our team at JC&A, coupled with the design teams and sub-contractors, are focused on delivering this new state-of-the-art facility to Dicerna without impact or interruption to their science.”

The project team includes; owner’s project manager Anyi Strang of LJB Lab Planners; R.E. Dinneen Architects & Planners for tenant fit-out; AHA, project engineers; VHB for civil and landscape; Goldstein-Milano for structural; and Perkins & Will for base building architectural upgrades.

“At Dicerna, we work to create therapeutic breakthroughs using RNAi, and our new Lexington facility is itself a breakthrough that will enable our continued growth,” said Douglas Fambrough, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Dicerna.

“We designed our company to embody a ‘no-walls’ culture, continually breaking down barriers that can limit progress.  Our new facility’s open floor plan reflects that culture, providing the space we need to pursue our mission of developing new medicines that reduce disease burden for all patients.”

 

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