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    Suffolk Construction to build bioprocessing center for UMass Dartmouth

    Rendering courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects.

    Suffolk Construction said it has been has been awarded a $21.5 million contract to manage construction of a new bioprocessing facility for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    Located on a four-acre site 10 miles from the UMass Dartmouth campus, the 38,000 square-foot facility will be an incubator space for small life science companies in Fall River’s SouthCoast Biopark, Boston-based Suffolk Construction said. Plans call for the facility to feature a variety of laboratories including one that can be used for cell culture production.

    Construction is set to begin next month, and the project should be completed by some time next year, Suffolk Construction said.


    The plan is to charge start-ups below-market rents while they are testing their bio-manufacturing processes at scale. The hope is to grow successful life science companies that may then locate into larger facilities within the park.

    Suffolk Construction said it will work with Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston on the project.

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