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Local general contractor BNBuilders – founded as a biotech builder – specializes in highly technical and complex construction projects. The firm has recently completed laboratories, manufacturing and R&D facilities for Celgene, Gilead, Amgen, Calibr and Illumina. Locally and along the West Coast, BNBuilders has built best in class projects for world-class leaders in the biotech and life science industries.

BNBuilders is partnered with San Diego’s biggest biotech company, Illumina, to build their new manufacturing building.

“BNBuilders is extremely excited to be part of the Illumina manufacturing expansion in San Diego,” said Jay Ingram, project executive. “Illumina is an innovator and leader in the life science industry, and we will bring our similar innovative approach in construction to the project team. We are looking forward to developing this world-class manufacturing facility and are proud to be part of Illumina’s growth and the continued expansion of the overall life science industry in San Diego.”

The Illumina project includes the full build out of a new 150,000-square-foot facility to support their San Diego operations. The improvements include the warm-up of the existing cold shell, a 25,000-square-foot warehouse, 75,000 square feet of manufacturing, 30,000 square feet of office and general support, and expansion of the central plant. BNBuilders has been engaged at a conceptual stage to assist in full pre-construction services with construction commencing in the summer of 2015 and completing in the spring of 2016.

Last year, BNBuilders completed preconstruction and construction services for the new 160,000-square-foot lab and office facility for global biopharmaceutical company, Celgene. The tenant improvement project was completed ahead of schedule and received LEED Gold Certification.

Consisting of biology and chemistry laboratories, BSL-2 labs, cold rooms, data center, and a collaborator lab, the new facility provides Celgene with the highest quality support space to accomplish their mission -- to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for their patients. BNBuilders utilized fast-track procurement for pre-purchased equipment, along with design-assist mechanical and electrical subcontracting in order to complete construction in less than eight months. Overall design and construction for the large project was completed in just 13 months.

This summer, BNBuilders completed Gilead’s Pilot Plant and Lab Expansion project in Oceanside. Working with Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, BNBuilders provided preconstruction and construction services for the 34,000 square foot lab and office tenant improvement. BNBuilders delivered the first phase for Gilead last year.

BNBuilders’ San Diego office opened in 2010 and has experienced strong growth in the biotech market. The firm has a reputation for building technically challenging construction projects through advanced integrated practices and high-performing teams. As a progressive leader in construction, BNBuilders has established itself as a local top contractor and premier West Coast builder.

-Submitted by BNBuilders.

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9255 Towne Centre Dr. Ste., 800
San Diego, CA 92121

BNBuilders Inc. Executive(s):

Brad Bastian

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Jeff Nielsen

  • Co-Founder

Jay Ingram

  • Project Executive

Keith Whaley

  • Project Executive

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