Wilhelm has pharmaceutical construction down to a science
Pharmaceutical construction is a highly technical type of construction in a highly regulated industry. No one knows this more than Tom Kerker, F.A. Wilhelm’s Life Sciences Account Manager.
“You have to have experience and be ready to adapt to change,” Kerker said.
While the pharmaceutical industry is certainly growing throughout the Midwest, Wilhelm has been working within the industry since the early 1960s.
Kerker has been performing pharmaceutical work for 23 years, taking on one of Wilhelm’s largest accounts 16 years ago. Kerker is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), “the world’s largest not-for-profit association encompassing scientific, technical and regulatory advancement throughout the entire pharmaceutical lifecycle.”
Pharmaceutical construction is unique in that it involves sensitive materials and environments incorporating specialty equipment related to producing and housing drugs and medications. It also requires specific means and methods to construct in open operating facilities.
Wilhelm can perform nearly every type of pharmaceutical project including: research and development facilities, scale-up facilities, bulk manufacturing, fill and finish, packaging areas, and finish warehouses. These warehouses are typically designed and constructed using Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPc) for their environments, and include special construction such as incubator rooms, refrigerator, and freezer rooms. Wilhelm provides work on all the utility services that support these types of projects.
Kerker has become uniquely equipped in this area of construction through his experience at Wilhelm, his membership with ISPE, and continuous education he has received through classroom training, education networks, and professional colleagues.
Kerker is involved with Wilhelm’s pharmaceutical clients from project inception to completion. But he’s not the only one at Wilhelm trained in pharmaceutical work. He’s one of hundreds. Among Wilhelm’s staff, those trained in this type of work include project managers, superintendents, supervisors and workers trained in the field. We also have specialty support staff who understand pharmaceutical projects including health, safety and environmental managers, quality assurance managers and project controls managers.
“Our staff and supervisors are extremely experienced in this type of construction,” Kerker said. “From the materials we use to the details of construction and the process to occupy and start up these types of facilities; we know the expectation of quality and the cleanliness of a work area. It’s important to us because all the hard work is going to improve or save the life of someone.”