Northstar News

Back to Northstar News

Chris Guilmet Selected as a Connect CRE Next Generation Award Winner

June 2024

In the fast-paced world of the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry, delivering complex projects on time and within budget is critical. Chris, a Senior Project Manager at Northstar, exemplifies the skills, dedication, and leadership required to excel in managing complex projects. With a role overseeing over 900,000 square feet of projects, Chris’s expertise ensures seamless coordination from design to closeout, encompassing everything from MEP installations to new lab fit-outs. His commitment to delivering successful and predictable outcomes makes him an invaluable asset to Northstar and its clients.

Professional Highlights and Achievements

Several notable accomplishments characterize Chris’s career. He has successfully turned over a delayed lab project, recovering much of the schedule and ensuring the client’s timely move-in. Additionally, he rectified design issues and executed projects omitted from the original scope, further highlighting his problem-solving abilities. His reputation as a trusted advisor to significant accounts at Northstar underscores his ability to build and maintain strong client relationships.

Overcoming Professional and Personal Challenges

Chris has faced significant challenges throughout his career. One of his most demanding projects involved an on-call assignment for a pharmaceutical client, requiring a 72-hour turnaround to overhaul piping and install a recessed floor scale in an operational upstream suite. The project demanded meticulous planning, pre-fabrication, and around-the-clock work, culminating in a successful completion that minimized downtime and production impact.

On a personal level, Chris has managed Type 1 Diabetes for over 20 years. The daily management of blood sugar levels, insulin corrections, and dietary restrictions pose constant challenges. Despite these hurdles, Chris maintains a positive outlook and continues to thrive professionally, supported by his network of friends, family, and colleagues.

Contributions Beyond Job Duties

Chris’s impact extends beyond his day-to-day responsibilities. He plays an active role in Northstar’s Business Development Committee, helping to shape the firm’s strategy and identify new business opportunities. He also contributes to the Workplace Committee, overseeing office improvements and technology upgrades. His involvement ensures that Northstar remains at the forefront of industry trends and maintains a productive and modern work environment.

Community and Industry Engagement

Chris is deeply committed to community involvement and professional development. He participates in at least ten industry events annually, building relationships, expanding his knowledge, and staying current with best practices. He mentors young engineers and construction managers, providing guidance and fostering an environment of learning and growth. As an active member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Chris has introduced the organization to Northstar, resulting in increased participation and professional development within the team.

Standing Out Among Peers

Since joining Northstar, Chris has distinguished himself through his proactive approach and exceptional project management skills. His work on the 118,000 square foot biology lab fit-out for Sanofi in Waltham, and his assistance with other projects, highlight his ability to deliver complex projects on time and within budget. His guidance and mentorship have been instrumental in driving project success and reinforcing Northstar’s reputation as a leader in the life sciences sector.


Chris’s journey at Northstar is a testament to his dedication, expertise, and resilience. His ability to manage complex projects, overcome challenges, and contribute to Northstar and the community makes him a standout employee. Chris exemplifies the qualities of a top-tier project manager, and his ongoing commitment to excellence continues to drive success for Northstar and its clients.