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Ahern Receives BUILD Wisconsin Award for Arrowhead Research Project

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fond du Lac, WI – J. F. Ahern Co. recently received a BUILD Wisconsin Award from the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin (AGC). The company won in the specialty contractor category for the mechanical work performed on the Arrowhead Research Facility located in Madison, WI. Arrowhead is a biopharmaceutical company who develops medicines that treat intractable diseases by silencing the genes that cause them.

The goal of the project was to create a seamless transition from two existing facilities to the current facility, giving the scientists and lab technicians a bigger work area. Over 80,000 pounds of galvanized, stainless steel, and PCD duct work was used. Ahern’s installation and CAD teams were able to work around existing systems to install air cooled chillers, roof mounted air handling units, high plume exhaust fans, high efficiency boilers, variable air volume boxes, and high efficiency fume hoods. All design, construction, and commissioning work was completed on a fast track schedule in under nine months. “Ahern’s project team did a great job for Arrowhead and is a valuable teammate to have on any project,” says BJ Galle of Ideal Builders, General Contractor on the project.

J. F. Ahern Co. is a mechanical and fire protection contractor specializing in HVAC, plumbing, Controls, Sprinkler, Extinguisher & Alarm and Fabrication for construction and service projects. Founded in 1880, the company has over 1,400 employees servicing commercial and industrial customers across the United States. To keep up with the latest company news and events, visit or follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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