Nordic Aquafarms Inc. (NAF) — the U.S. subsidiary of Nordic Aquafarms, an international leader in land-based aquaculture — has named Gilbane Building Co., in association with Landry/French Construction, construction manager for a new Nordic Aquafarms upland aquaculture facility in Belfast, Maine.
The 850,000 gross-square-foot aquaculture production facility will be built in two phases, with the first phase expected to be operational in 2021, the announcement said.
“We are committed to delivering high-quality seafood with low environmental impact and take pride in the sustainable practices embedded into every facet of our business,” NAF president Erik Heim said. "By partnering with Gilbane, an experienced builder of food production facilities and a company that shares our commitment to environmental stewardship, we’re confident that the Belfast site will serve as the future of land-based seafood production in the United States. We are excited for the opportunity to expand the relationship with Gilbane as a national service provider to include future projects as NAF grows."
The proposed layout of the site features nine buildings, including hatcheries, freshwater juvenile facilities (smolt buildings), growout facilities and peripheral support facilities such as office space, a central utility plant and a water treatment plant. Electrical infrastructure will include substation and backup generation with fuel storage and fish processing.
Nordic Aquafarms is an investor in and developer of land-based aquaculture internationally, with production plants in Norway (Fredrikstad Seafood) and Denmark (Sashimi Royal and Maximus) and two projects in the U.S. (Maine and California).
Land-based aquaculture production is a rapidly emerging method for sustainable production of salmon. It is based on indoor production in large tanks and water treatment systems, the company said, noting that its benefits include: the ability to recycle and treat water on site to reduce overall water consumption, recycling of waste resources, the prevention of sea lice and parasites, the elimination of fish escape into the sea and commingling with wild species, the application of renewable energy concepts and a shorter distance to market for a high-quality, fresh product, thus reducing the carbon footprint of air and land transport.
Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services — from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design/build and facility management services — for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873, Gilbane is a privately held, family-owned company with 48 office locations worldwide.
Landry/French is a leading commercial building contractor providing construction management, design/build and general contracting services to a diverse range of clients, including health care, commercial, corporate, financial, housing and education.