Gilbane Building Company Serves as Program Manager for Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Glastonbury, CT – October 8, 2014 – On Tuesday October 7, 2014, Governor Dan Malloy, UCONN President Susan Herbst, officials from The Jackson Laboratory, Gilbane Building Company, Centerbrook Architects & Planners and Tsoi/Kobus, came together to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new 183,500 square foot state-of-the-art Genomic Medicine Collaboratorium in Farmington, CT.

The Jackson Laboratory

The Jackson Laboratory

Following the October 2011 approval of $291 million in bond funding by the State of CT, the facility officially broke ground January 17, 2013. The new non-profit research institute is focused on discovering precise genomic solutions for disease. The lab will bring together local and nationally renowned scientists to perform cutting edge research in genetics and work on treatments and cures for various diseases. The project was constructed utilizing U.S. Green Building Standards and is targeting LEED® Gold Certification.

“As Program Manager, we were responsible for ensuring that the entire team including Construction Manager, Whiting-Turner, Architects Centerbrook & Tsoi/Kobus, MEP Engineers BVH Integrated Systems & BR+A, would meet the schedule & budget-driven program,” notes John Parrinello, Gilbane Senior Project Executive. “This project was designed and constructed in 31 months with more than 590,000 hours of labor.  During design, the Jackson Laboratory facilities engineering team was also managing a $20 million project in Sacramento, CA and another $15 million at the Bar Harbor, ME campus. We needed to work seamlessly as an extension of their facilities engineering team.  It truly was a program where communication, commitment and teamwork were the main drivers.”

According to John Fitzpatrick, PE, Senior Director of Facilities Services at The Jackson Laboratory, “John (Parrinello) has been an integral part of the project team leading efforts behind the scenes to assure conformance to the project goals outlined early in the project development process.”

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine draws on the Laboratory’s eight decades of research in mammalian genetics in partnership with the clinical expertise of Connecticut’s universities and hospitals. The JAX Genomic Medicine facility represents an expansion, not a relocation, of The Jackson Laboratory. JAX will continue to grow its basic research campus in Bar Harbor, Maine, while the new facility in Connecticut focuses on medical applications of genomics with academic and clinical research partners from Connecticut and around the world.

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About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-run company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. A builder in Connecticut since 1944, Gilbane has grown to become one of the largest providers of construction management services in Connecticut, serving both the public and private sectors. The Company maintains a district office in Glastonbury from which it has managed over $2 billion in construction over the past decade. For more information, visit