Posted By: Stacey Vega

Since 1880, Connolly Brothers' benchmark for a construction job well-done has been getting asked back for a client's next project, notes Connolly Brothers President Jay Connolly. Through five generations of this family business, the Connolly team has been asked back by clients such as Rochester Electronics, Peabody Essex Museum, New England Academy, Eastern Yacht Club, and Boston College, among many more. Recently, Vicor Corporation joined this growing club.

Vicor is the leader in high-performance power modules, enabling customer innovation with easy-to-deploy modular power system solutions for power delivery networks that provide the highest density and efficiency from source to point-of-load. Vicor's client base includes enterprise and high-performance computing, industrial equipment and automation, robotics, UAVs, vehicles and transportation, satellites, and aerospace and defense. Vicor is home to the world's first Converter housed in Package ("ChiP") fabrication facility.

In 2022, Connolly completed a 95,000 square-foot expansion project for Vicor. The project included a new two-story manufacturing space and a new three-story entryway and lobby featuring a new boardroom, conference room, rooftop patio, and renovated cafeteria areas. By seamlessly integrating the new structures into the existing facility, Vicor was able to continue growing in its existing location. The project received an Excellence in Construction "Eagle" Award from Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts, the trade association's highest honor. Soon after, the facility received a visit from Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey, who commended Vicor on their state-of-the-art, zero wastewater discharge facility.

“From the outset and throughout the entire Vicor factory expansion project, the entire Connolly Brothers team exhibited a high level of professionalism and industry expertise," says Vicor Vice President of Operations Mike McNamara. “Their clear communications and unwavering commitment to delivering a high-quality product on time and on budget meant we were able to meet our aggressive production schedule, allowing us to meet our long-term business growth strategy."

Based on this experience, Vicor reached out to Connolly again in 2023 when they needed to add a new cleanroom to their facility. Construction of a 1,700 square-foot Class 10,000 cleanroom took place within a 14-week schedule. The project's scope included new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems.

According to McNamara, selecting Connolly occurred after an extensive search process. "There are many good and respectable construction companies to pick from, but we felt Connolly Brothers had the industry expertise and embodied the innovative spirit we needed to make something special," McNamara says. "From the beginning, we had a clear vision of what we wanted out of this project, but with the help and guidance of Connolly Brothers, we were able to refine that vision into a manufacturing facility that is truly world-class."

"Getting called back for that next project is about more than bringing in business," says Connolly Brothers President Jay Connolly. "It's about the ongoing understanding that, after 140 years in business, we're still doing the work right and treating our clients right."

Vicor Vice President of Materials Bob Hall confirms the sentiment, noting that Connolly's "on-site team as well as their support and leadership teams were professional and easy to work with and integrated well into our active factory."

"We are very pleased with the end result," Hall concludes.

As Vicor grows in the face of escalating demand for modular power, Connolly remains at the ready to help this key economic driver in our region.