CRB design-build with Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing picked to manufacture COVID-19 solution

Oct. 15, 2020
Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing has partnered with the U.S. government to accelerate the domestic manufacturing of a COVID-19 countermeasure.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 1, 2020 (PRNewswire) — CRB, a market-leading provider of integrated project delivery solutions for vaccine and critical therapy manufacturers, recently completed the design and construction of a large-scale facility for Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing ("GRAM") that has been selected by the U.S. government to increase domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing for vaccines or therapeutics in the fight against COVID-19.

Built using CRB's ONEsolution project delivery method, GRAM's new 60,000-square-foot facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is one of three GRAM pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. The newest facility was designed to increase GRAM's large-scale fill and finish capacity with room to expand as demand grows.

CRB's ONEsolution project team optimized delivery and phasing for GRAM, allowing for fast-tracked procurement, detailed planning, and construction. CRB and GRAM completed the facility on-schedule and on-budget.

"Through close collaboration and enhanced planning with GRAM's project team, the facility's operational turn-over, validation and equipment start-up began earlier than otherwise possible, allowing GRAM to begin qualifications and media fills early this year," said Jesse Adams, project manager for CRB.

As a U.S.-based CDMO, GRAM supports the pharmaceutical supply chain by offering state-of-the-art equipment while delivering high quality products. By providing the capacity to perform advanced aseptic fill and finish services — the last two steps in the manufacturing process for vaccines or therapeutics — GRAM's facilities will both support the U.S. government and help position the nation's supply chain to handle future public health emergencies.

"When choosing a design-build partner for our new facility, we needed a team we could rely on to ensure the project would be completed to meet all required regulatory requirements as well as on time and on budget, and we found that with CRB," said John Wichelt, Vice President Client Pharmaceutical Services at GRAM. "Our new facility gives GRAM the capacity, technology and equipment to support urgent response efforts, starting with U.S.-based manufacturing in the fight against COVID-19."

About Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, Inc.

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, Inc. ("GRAM"), a leading parenteral contract development and manufacturing organization, delivers customized solutions to meet clients' fill and finish needs from development through commercialization. With capabilities for biologics as well as controlled substances, GRAM's expert project managers and modern facilities support pharmaceutical development and cGMP manufacturing, analytical testing, and regulatory filing.

About CRB:

CRB is a leading provider of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction and consulting solutions to the global life sciences and advanced technology industries. Our more than 1,300 employees provide best-in-class solutions that drive success and positive change for our clients, our people and our communities. CRB is a privately held company with a rich history of serving clients throughout the world, consistently striving for the highest standard of technical knowledge, creativity and execution.

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