KBR Building Group Begins Construction of New Oral Solid Dosage Manufacturing Plant for Purdue Pharma Manufacturing L.P. in North Carolina
July 10, 2014

KBR Building Group has begun construction of a new oral solid dosage manufacturing plant for Purdue Pharma Manufacturing L.P. in Durham, North Carolina. The 188,000-square-foot, steel-framed facility is being constructed on a 51-acre site in Treyburn Corporate Park in Durham. Construction is being led by KBR Building Group’s regional office in Research Triangle Park.  The architect of record is SSOE Group.

Production areas will feature clean room spaces with epoxy flooring, and epoxy painted walls and ceilings. Laboratory space will service production and will be constructed with metal casework, epoxy resin countertops, fume hoods and vinyl tile flooring. Laboratory support areas will include offices for lab personnel, gowning areas and glass washers. The building will also house administrative offices, as well as areas for dining, conference and training.

“Constructing facilities for the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors is one of our specialties and being selected for this project reinforces our leadership position in this market,” said Frank Holley, executive vice president, KBR Building Group. “KBR Building Group has provided construction services to Purdue Pharma Manufacturing L.P. in the past, and we look forward to serving this important client again.”

Substantial completion of Purdue Pharma Manufacturing L.P.’s  new oral solid dosage facility is scheduled for July 2015, with owner occupancy slated for October 2015.

KBR Building Group’s on-site project team and subcontractors were recently honored at a safety luncheon hosted by our client (Purdue).

"We had just reached 15,000 man-hours without any accidents or injuries — a good reason to celebrate — but what made this event special was Purdue's desire to show appreciation to workers who performed their tasks safely during the early phases of the project,” said Dennis Blasingame, KBR Building Group’s HSE Manager for the project. "Safety celebrations tend to coincide with major milestone achievements, typically celebrated later in a project. Purdue wanted to ensure all project participants had the opportunity to celebrate jobsite safety — especially those who often don’t get a chance to participate in formal safety recognition celebrations since their work is usually complete before any significant milestone hours are achieved."

“We look forward to more safety celebrations at this jobsite as the project progresses,” Blasingame added.

About Purdue Pharma Manufacturing L.P.

Purdue Pharma Manufacturing L.P. is a privately held pharmaceutical company committed to improving patients’ lives in meaningful ways by providing safe and effective therapies along with educational tools that support their proper use. They are engaged in the research, development, production, and marketing of prescription and over-the-counter medicines and healthcare products. Distinguished by their pioneering research, products, and medical programs directed toward alleviating pain, Purdue is an industry leader in pain medication research and is introducing important products to address other therapeutic areas, including sleep and gastrointestinal disorders.