Bolstering Strategic Growth, Swinerton Hires National Director of Life Sciences

J. Marcella Ayala brings her expertise in breaking into new markets and passion to lead Swinerton’s growth in Life Sciences construction.

Swinerton, an industry-leading commercial general contractor with offices nationwide, is excited to announce the appointment of J. Marcella Ayala as National Director of Life Sciences. Ayala brings a wealth of experience in breaking into new markets and a passion for leading Swinerton’s growth in Life Sciences construction.

Ayala will lead Swinerton’s national market-specific growth strategy, foster key partnerships, and ensure successful project delivery, aligning with the company’s strategic long-term vision.

“Marcella’s expertise and passion for building life science spaces align perfectly with our vision and core values,” shares Swinerton Chief Executive Officer David Callis. “I am thrilled to have her as our National Director of Life Sciences. I am confident her leadership will propel us forward in this dynamic market.”

With a strong background in business development and active involvement in the Los Angeles Area Chapter of ISPE (International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers) and the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of I2SL (International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories), Ayala is well-prepared to make a significant impact.

Excited about her role, Ayala shares, “It’s the strategy, the planning, and the teamwork that makes all the difference in every great build. My passions, from tackling challenging hikes to diving into life sciences, have taught me just how important those elements are. Joining Swinerton, I’m excited to collaborate with a team about making those big visions come to life. Together, we’ll build not just structures but a legacy of excellence and innovation. It’s an exciting new chapter, and I’m thrilled to be part of this team.”

Based in Swinerton’s Los Angeles office, Ayala will lead the national approach to life sciences while developing relationships with industry stakeholders. As a proud graduate of Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management and San Diego State University, she is poised to significantly impact the firm’s forward trajectory.

Swinerton, a national contractor renowned for its expertise in complex life sciences construction, serves clients including Amgen, Pifizer, Illumina, Seagen, BioSplice Therapeutics, Healthpeak, BioMed Realty, and IQHQ. With extensive experience in research laboratories and specialized cleanrooms, Swinerton remains a solutions-driven partner committed to enabling transformative breakthroughs in the industry.