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Firm Meets Exacting Needs of Cleanroom Environment in Building’s Basement Level

WALTHAM, MASS. – April 17, 2014– Vantage Builders, Inc., a general contracting and construction firm based in Waltham, Mass., today announced that it constructed a new cleanroom and office for Persimmon Technologies Corporation at 178 Albion Street, Wakefield, Mass.

Persimmon Technologies, a technology company and provider of robotics for the semiconductor, data storage, LED, OLED, solar, and flat panel display equipment markets, had to expand its footprint to keep up with recent growth. The company determined that it needed an additional cleanroom, as well as office space.

The project required particular experience and ingenuity on behalf of the general contracting firm because the location is on the ground level of a renovated mill building. Part of the Harvard Mills complex, 178 Albion Street is a brick-and-beam office building that was originally constructed as a textile mill in the early 1900s.

“The challenging part of this project was not only constructing to the exacting requirements of a cleanroom environment, which we have successfully done in previous projects,” said Mike Thayer, senior project manager, Vantage Builders, Inc. “But we also needed to contend with the ground floor setting of the original mill building, which added certain complications, such as connecting systems with the rooftop units.”

The 10-week, $500,000 project yielded Persimmon a new, sizeable cleanroom and office space. The cleanroom has a variety of new systems, including positive pressure HEPA filtration, new HVAC, and process piping for compressed air and nitrogen. There is new electrostatic discharge controlling flooring, gasket ceiling systems, and specially designed wall treatments. The office fit-out – including new ceiling, wall, and floor finishes – is seamlessly integrated with Persimmon’s existing space.

The architects on the project were Saccoccio Associates Architects and the engineers were A.D.A. Engineering, Inc.

About Vantage Builders, Inc.
Vantage Builders offers contracting services to corporations, developers, property managers, retailers and private institutions throughout New England. Our standard construction services include general contracting and construction management. More comprehensive services include design/build and value engineering. In managing and building scores of commercial projects, we’ve found that versatility is key to our customers’ success. Our experience includes specialized tenant build-outs, standard property improvements, base building work and construction from the ground up. Follow us on Twitter: @VantageBldrs.

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