Nordic Aquafarms Inc. has named Gilbane Building Co. and Landry French Construction as construction managers for the proposed Nordic Aquafarms land-based salmon farm in Belfast.

The 850,000-square-foot aquaculture production facility will be built in two phases, with the first phase expected to be operational in 2021, Nordic said in a press release June 5. It is to be situated on 54 acres of land off Route 1 in Belfast. Construction is expected to begin once permit applications are approved, according to the release.

”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," Nordic President Erik Heim said in the release. "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 (Nordic) grows,” he said.

The proposed site layout calls for nine buildings, including hatcheries, freshwater juvenile facilities (smolt buildings), grow-out facilities, and peripheral support facilities such as office space, a central utility plant, and a water treatment plant.

Electrical infrastructure will include substation and back-up generation with fuel storage and fish processing. According to the press release, Gilbane has experience constructing Constellation Brands’ 983.5-acre brewery expansion project in Mexicali, Mexico, as well as the LEED-NC Gold-certified, 260,000-square-foot Kerry Innovation and Technical Center in Beloit, Wisconsin. Located on a 124-acre tract, the campus for Kerry’s worldwide food production houses over 800 employees.

Mike O’Brien, head of Gilbane’s Boston and Northern New England offices, said, “… Gilbane will leverage our vast experience in constructing complex and varied food production facilities in making (Nordic's) mission a reality, while Landry/French, a leading contractor in Maine, will bring the local knowledge and key relationships to this important project. We share Nordic Aquafarms’ commitment to sustainability and minimal environmental impact and are extremely excited to break ground on this pioneering project.”

About Gilbane Building Co.

Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has 48 office locations worldwide. Gilbane has served as a leading construction manager in Northern New England for nearly 50 years, serving private and public clients throughout the region including Bank of America, the University of New Hampshire and Concord Hospital. For more information, visit Gilbane’s website at

About Landry/French Construction Co.

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. Landry/French is a 100% employee-owned company in Scarborough. For more information, visit



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