With 20 offices across the U.S., Haskell is located within the country’s critical life sciences clusters, and its significant presence in Latin America and Asia-Pacific provides the scale needed to support multinational clients. 

July 29, 2021

Haskell Continues Growth in Life Sciences by Creating New Division

The Division expands our EPC solutions in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and technology, and high-purity active pharmaceutical ingredients. 

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Producing the best possible patient outcome is the universal focus in healthcare and, by extension, those in life-science fields. Haskell has decades of experience providing solutions for health systems and a considerable resume in biopharmaceuticals and advanced manufacturing. 

Yet as it expands its efforts to better support those who provide care, Haskell’s greatest attributes are its most basic. 

“As Haskell continues to grow within the life sciences market, the company must stick to its four main strengths: project safety, financial stability, customer advocacy, and longevity,” said Ken Anthony, Vice President of Haskell’s new Life Sciences Division. “Haskell’s industry-leading safety record speaks for itself, with a recordable incident rate of 0.36 compared to the industry average of 1.9.  

“Haskell has gained tremendous financial stability through solid project performance and continuous revenue growth. This enables our firm to take on larger, more complex EPC projects in advanced manufacturing. Haskell is recognized by our customers as a trusted advisor for their most challenging projects, and when it comes to Life Science projects, building a trusted team is key to success. Finally, Haskell has longevity. As an employee-owned company, Haskell has greater stability than publicly held or single-owner companies. We are strong because of our team members, many that have been with the firm for their entire careers.” 

Haskell’s Life Sciences team is focused on four sectors: pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and technology, and high-purity active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).  These four focus areas require expertise in Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) design, contamination-control strategy and implementation, design/procure/build for Commissioning, Qualification and Validation (CQV) and efficient transition to operations, and deep knowledge in managing subcontractors through project management and control methods that are at the heart of Haskell’s practice.

With 20 offices across the U.S., Haskell is near most of the country’s life sciences clusters, and its significant presence in Latin America and Asia-Pacific provides the scale needed to support multinational clients. 

It already has experience in the life sciences industry, with recent projects for clients including Genetech, Amgen, GSK, and Eli Lilly to name a few.  

“Haskell’s new Life Sciences Division is building on the strength of our team members and a successful project portfolio,” Anthony said. “it is a continuation of Haskell’s past work in life sciences, with a significant number of projects over the past 15 years. Coupled with our deep knowledge and experience in healthcare facilities, Haskell is well-positioned to focus our services that require regulatory oversight, review, and approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Biomedical Research and Development Authority (BARDA).  

“Expanding further into life sciences is a natural extension of Haskell’s work in health care. Haskell already has rich experience in process systems, cGMP design, clean-in-place (CIP), sterilization-in-place (SIP), clean rooms, various laboratories and specialized space design, and advanced manufacturing. Thus, Haskell already has much of the resources and expertise needed to continue growth with our life sciences division. Key personnel are being added to enable additional growth and bring needed experience in Cell Culture, Gene Therapy, and advanced laboratory design to complement our excellent design staff and subject matter experts.” 

Given its comprehensive design and construction expertise, Haskell is taking a holistic approach to the life sciences business. Along with full service life-sciences work, Haskell will deliver world-class solutions for the non-regulated portions of very large-life science projects, such as industrial wastewater treatment systems, central utility plants, site selection and preparation, and other infrastructure-related requirements to enable renovation or greenfield projects. 

“There’s currently an abundance of opportunities in life sciences,” Anthony said. “Supply chain disruptions incited by the pandemic revealed the need for reshoring or nearshoring of critical high-purity API production facilities, since those factories supply the basic chemical ingredients necessary for drug and equipment manufacturing. Medical device manufacturers are also under pressure to produce at record levels and have found weakness in their reliance for global supply of the materials needed to integrate their products. Many of these companies will be looking to relocate to North America, whether in the U.S., Mexico, or another country in the region, and they will need reputable EPC firm like Haskell to help them plan their facilities, select and prepare suitable sites and design, procure, and construct their new facilities. 

“In fact, Haskell is already working on projects for two multinational pharmaceutical companies in Mexico,” he said, “so our strong regional expertise will be a great resource for future life sciences projects in the area.” 

Anthony, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience leading capital projects for advanced manufacturing projects in biotech, pharma, semiconductor, engineered materials and food and beverage, stressed the importance of understanding clients’ challenges. He said he looked forward to partnering with other firms in the Life Sciences space to offer the best possible solutions with the customer’s needs always at the center of the discussion.

Haskell delivers more than $1 billion annually in Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and Consulting solutions to assure certainty of outcome for complex capital projects worldwide. Haskell is a global, fully integrated, single-source design-build and EPC firm with over 1,800 highly specialized, in-house design, construction and administrative professionals across industrial and commercial markets. With 20+ office locations around the globe, Haskell is a trusted partner for global and emerging clients.

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