Connolly Brothers Completes Headquarters for W. L. French

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BEVERLY, MA– Connolly Brothers Inc, a general contractor and construction management firm, announced that it has completed a new 60,000 SF corporate office and maintenance facility for W. L. French Excavating Corp. in Billerica, Mass.

The 48,000 SF maintenance facility includes 10 drive-through maintenance bays, three high equipment bays with five-ton and 10-ton overhead cranes, truck tire carousel, diesel filter cleaning system, truck and heavy equipment wash bay, parts storage and service management offices. The 12,000 SF office building features a fitness center, meeting spaces, and collaborative workspaces for W. L. French’s 250 employees. It was designed to promote health, wellness and productivity in the workplace. Comprised of 60,000 SF over 22 acres, the two buildings feature new technologies, energy efficiencies, and increased capacity to handle a growing demand for field operations tied to the company’s continued growth.

“Like W. L. French, Connolly Brothers is a family-owned business. In fact, we nominated them for the Family Business Award last year and were thrilled when they won,” said Jessica French Goyette, vice president at W. L. French. “Connolly is well-known in the commercial/industrial design/build world and understood the approach we wanted to take with our new headquarters. Thanks to Connolly’s expertise and diligence we were able to stay within our budget and achieve our design and construction goals.”

Following extensive research into pre-engineered versus conventional steel frame, the team selected Star Building Systems as the supplier of the pre-engineered buildings. Using a pre-engineered system provided large, clear span frames for the maintenance facility and allowed for an adequate span without having to use conventional structural steel.  The office building incorporated an insulated metal panel exterior while the maintenance facility used traditional metal panel siding with a simple-saver insulation system.

Established in 1972, W. L. French is one of New England’s leading site excavation, environmental remediation, and soil management firms, having worked on some of the region’s most complex and high-profile projects. The company is currently working on projects such as Boynton Yards, a mixed-use development project, Assembly Row (Blocks 5B and 8) – both located in Somerville, MA – and Polar Park, the new home of the Worcester WooSox.