Strem Chemicals, Inc.



Strem manufactures and markets specialty chemicals of high purity.


Strem needed to upgrade their facility to provide H (high hazard) rated space for storage and operations.


The existing building had a previous design for H that included blast resistant construction.  SPEC utilized a deflagration mitigation approach to accomplish the same result at a fraction of the cost.

Project Highlights

Budget & Schedule

  • The contract basis was fixed cost construction
  • Project value: approximately $1.5 Million
  • Executed on schedule and on budget

Code Considerations

  • The facility design complied with Massachusetts Building Code and NFPA code
  • SPEC held a pre-construction fire department review of the design basis, including the State Fire Marshall’s office.

Rigorous Technical Requirements

  • A key project target was that the exhaust rate be no less than 1 CFM/sqft
  • Special utilities included standby power, LEL system with shunt trip, fume hood sash position flow control

Project Construction

  • Total building: 15,000 sqft
  • Area renovated: 5,000 sqft
  • All construction was performed during continuing operations
SPEC Process Engineering & Construction