DSM NeoSol



The East Providence location of DSM is a “leading supplier of a broad range of both water-based and solvent-based high-performance specialty polyurethane resins. Their key markets include the paint and coatings sector where their products are used on concrete, metal, wood and plastic substrates. Additionally, DSM produces a range of polyurethanes which offer unique bonding properties for use in the adhesives sector and other specialty products used in the conversion of foils, and also in paper, plastics, and blister packaging.” – From DSM’s website


Delivered on a Design/Build basis, this project involved the relocation, upgrade and startup of DSM NeoSol’s entire polyurethane manufacturing operations as well as the build-out of their offices and laboratories in the new location. SPEC found and evaluated the appropriate new site location that would meet DSM’s short-term and long-term operational goals. SPEC also worked closely with local authorities and environmental consultants to secure all required permits and site approvals.


  • Two phase project approach.
  • Phase 1 – East Providence building retrofit.
  • Phase 2 – Relocated W Warwick operations
  • 67,700 sq ft single story base building separated into two buildings with double 4-hour walls for the following classification areas:
  • Building 1 – 13,000 sq ft high hazard (H2) use group space
  • Building 2 – 54,700 sq ft with 4 control areas:
  • 3,300 sq ft H2 flammable storage occupancy
  • 51,300 sq ft mixed use area with B, F-1 and S-1 use groups
  • Exterior solvent tank farm
  • New manufacturing platforms for solvent and aqueous manufacturing
  • Scale-up and improvement of coatings operation
  • Delta V DCS batch process system with 700+ points
  • New process utilities and distribution including cooling tower, 230°F pressurized hot water boiler, compressed air and breathing air, and bulk nitrogen storage
  • Added 2000 amps of 480 volt power and distribution
  • Evaluation and re-commissioning of two 150 psi boilers and 100 psi compressed air systems
SPEC Process Engineering & Construction