HighMark School Development, BASIS Independent McLean

Gilbane delivers new standard of school building through the repositioning of a vacant office complex.

New Basis Independent School seeks to raise the standards of intellectual and enjoyable learning environment

BASIS Independent Schools is a growing national network of schools serving Pre-K through 12th grade. Working with Perkins Eastman, the Gilbane Building Company team delivered a new BASIS Independent campus in McLean, Virginia. Through a change in occupancy of a former corporate headquarters campus, BASIS Independent Schools is developing an environment uniquely suited to its STEM-focused, liberal arts program. The team took a drab and uninviting vacant office building and transformed it into a versatile educational space for students. It took the ingenuity of the design-build team to find innovative ways to turn spaces like the lobby into a gathering space instead of a means of entry, and conference rooms and cubicles into classrooms and recreational spaces fit for BASIS Independent’s challenging curriculum. Classrooms, labs, athletic, and administrative space are all organized around a central atrium that will become the heart and crossroads of the school. In addition to serving as the school’s dining room, the atrium will be the primary gathering and social activity space. In total, the site is a 220,000 SF, three-story commercial property. The initial phase was 110,000 SF and accommodates about 650 students. The second phase is slated to include a full-sized gymnasium and additional classroom space for the upper school with the goal of total enrollment at about 1,250 students.

The program was arranged around three sides of the atrium. Academic classrooms and science labs are located on the second and third floors of the east side. Elective programs, active collaboration spaces and faculty offices are located on the north side, and on the west side a large, two-story multipurpose space have been inserted on the second floor. Other community spaces, like the reading room and auditorium, performing and visual arts, as well as the administrative core, are also on the west side. The early childhood programs are located on the first floor. The program also included the reuse of an existing 200-seat auditorium, reconfigured slightly for stage performances. This design is also exploring the evolution of the BASIS branded environment – through the use of color, materials, furniture, lighting, and graphics – to create a distinctive and exciting learning ambiance.

Repositioning has become a cost effective and time saving solution for schools that are looking to find space for growing enrollments. However, it comes with the challenge of making an office complex kid friendly. With the lack of outdoor space in an urban setting, creative solutions needed to be developed to make room for traditional play spaces. At BASIS Independent McLean, exterior improvements included a playground and soft play area at the rear of the building for the preschool and kindergarten program and a large outdoor space atop the parking deck to accommodate the middle and high school students. The large outdoor space included two playground structures, artificial turf fields, and recreational courts. A future exterior improvement phase will include additional fields at the location of existing parking lots on the west side of the campus.

California State University, Student Union

As recognized leaders in sustainable planning, design and construction, Gilbane’s in-house experts keep their pulse on the latest trends and best practices in the sustainability movement.

student union targeting LEED and living building Challenge Petals

Gilbane is providing “Collaborative Design-Build” services in partnership with HGA Architects for construction of the new Student Union building at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The facility will serve as the main circulation point between the transportation hub and the center of campus. It will house activity and retail spaces, meeting rooms, lounges, food service facilities, a bookstore, student government and organization space, and administrative and support areas.

The project is unique in that it is funded almost entirely through student fees, and will benefit from significant student input throughout the design process. An on-campus Information Campaign Team (ICT) has formed to solicit student engagement and help monitor progress of the project. As part of the campus’ commitment to sustainability, the Student Union is targeting both LEED and LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE PETAL certifications.

The Living Building Challenge is a sustainable building certification program comprised of seven performance categories or petals. The petals are site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. The requirements are rigorous and certification is based on actual, not anticipated, performance. Therefore, projects must be operational for at least 12 months prior to evaluation.

Wa She Shu Casino

Optimal schedule development was critical. Successful project execution was dependent on accurate, realistic schedules.

hometown ATMOSPHERE and 360-degree views of the Sierra Mountains

Gilbane provided Design-Build services with a Guaranteed Maximum Price for the roughly 15,000 square-feet, single story Casino and Restaurant.  The facility included over 6,000 square-feet of gaming floor as well as back of house facilities, restaurant and bar areas, loading dock and receiving area, and a full-service kitchen for food preparation.  The gaming floor sports 130 gaming machines, with a capacity to hold an additional 50 machines.  A future expansion is planned to the north end of the casino, which would increase the size of the gaming floor.

As with the nature of the business in the Casino Gaming Industry and hospitality, tight deadlines were established by the client for completion, and early move-in dates were established throughout the course of construction.  Large Subcontractor involvement with collaborative field coordination and continuous scheduling was a key recipe for success to ensuring those milestone dates were met.

“From being three weeks behind at new years to finishing the Project two weeks early, this did not come without hard work and perseverance, especially through the heart of a relatively good winter season for Northern Nevada”, says Kurt Parriott, Project Manager, Gilbane Building Company, “We are honored to have been an integral part in making this project a success for both the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Atmore, Alabama.” The casino is the fourth Indian Casino in the State of Nevada and is the first for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

General Services Administration G.T. Mickey Leland Federal Building Repair & Installation

After conducting an extensive design-build selection process, the General Services Administration selected Gilbane and Gensler as the team to provide extensive repairs and alterations to the Mickey Leland Federal Building in downtown Houston

A Comprehensive modernization project which led to a more soaring appearance and an improved visitor and tenant experience

After conducting an extensive design-build selection process, the General Services Administration selected Gilbane and Gensler as the design-build team to provide repairs and alterations to the G.T. “Mickey” Leland Federal Building in downtown Houston.

The 22-story high-rise office tower was built in 1983 and was in need of a comprehensive modernization and upgrade, including a complete façade replacement to address air and water infiltration and energy conservation. In addition to the window and curtainwall systems, renovations included HVAC modernization, ADA improvements, completely new ceilings and lighting systems, and upgrades to the building lobby and common areas such as the public plaza, garage and a breezeway/tunnel connection between.

The building is home to more than 15 federal government agencies and a number of congressional offices. It was over 95% occupied and continued to be occupied and fully functioning during the project. Building operation continuity, tenant safety and minimizing disruption to tenants were major aspects of the project execution.

Among several project innovations, the design-build team utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM), an aggressive tenant swing space phasing plan, and a unique recladding technique to deliver the project significantly below the stated construction cost estimate means the project was completed well ahead of the GSA’s desired schedule. As such, the team was able to provide several betterments and multiple MEP systems improvements that offered an estimated 5% more energy efficiency than anticipated.

Consistent with the GSA’s goal of improving the public’s “first impressions” of the building, the design team set out to address both image and functionality on the entire project, including primarily the building’s envelope, entry and security sequence, and public plaza. The result was an office tower with a distinctly more soaring appearance, an improved visitor and tenant experience, and an overall image befitting the stature of a modern Federal building.

As with all GSA projects, the project was required to achieve a minimum LEED Silver rating, although the design-build team achieved LEED Gold. In addition, the GSA Design Excellence, First Impressions, and Art in Architecture design programs were an integral part of the project.

Standard Chartered Bank, Interiors

The design-build team of Gilbane and Gensler renovated core and shell space on the 12th floor for Standard Chartered Bank.

Delivering brand consistency for global bank

Gilbane partnered with Gensler to provide design-build and project management services for the 12th floor expansion at the Standard Chartered Bank in the Gateway Center in Newark, New Jersey. The London-based bank provides services for consumer, corporate, and institutional banking in addition to treasury services. The Company’s global network spans more than 70 countries.

Standard Chartered Bank currently occupies 13,000 SF of the 12th floor and the entire 13th floor. The new facility will comprise approximately 13,000 SF of core and shell space on the 12th floor to be designed and built in accordance with Standard Chartered Bank’s Global Office Workplace Standards and Global Engineering Standards. As a global business, it is vital that the new office space shares the same aesthetics as all of the other offices to ensure consistency regardless of geographic location. The new space will accommodate approximately 110 staff, mainly comprising operations and support functions, as well as offering meeting rooms and break out space.

Cleveland Indians Progressive Field Concourse, Concessions, and Suite Renovation

Gilbane continues to enhance the fan experience and sight lines at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.

Gilbane was selected by the Cleveland Indians to perform design-build services for the team’s multi-million dollar Phase II renovation project at Progressive Field. Following Gilbane’s successful completion of the Right Field Improvement Project in Phase I, the second phase included renovations to the main concourse and multiple suites, addition of new concession options, construction of a new club behind home plate, renovation of the media control room, and construction of new standing room in left field.

Enhancing the sight lines throughout the stadium has been a goal for each of the phases. Renovations to the main concourse created more openness for fans walking the around the stadium and included new concessions that feature ballpark classics, as well as local specialties similar to the neighborhood themed concession areas constructed in Phase I.

The new Home Plate Club located behind home plate features a full bar, access to the new concessions options, a customer service center, and a glass front for viewing the game. The club is available for season-ticket holders in the Diamond Box and Field Box Front sections and features design elements from The Corner bar that was constructed in Phase I, which was one of the most popular elements of the changes to the ballpark.

F-15 Fleet Modernization Program Facilities, King Khalid Air Base, Saudi Arabia

Gilbane has completed more than $750M in Middle East projects.

Project requires the design and construction of new facilities, renovation of existing facilities, demolition, and infrastructure upgrades.  Included in this work is the new King Khalid Training Center, which will provide academic and hands-on training for F-15SA aircraft maintenance within a campus type setting; a new Avionics/Pod Facility; and a variety of renovations to existing facilities in support of the mission.

The following new facilities will be constructed:

  • Maintenance Training Facility  (Bldgs. A, B, C) – 11,100 sqm
  • Headquarters/Administration Facility – 660 sqm; Four Dormitories – 7,200 sqm each
  • Dining Facility – 2,750 sqm
  • Mosque – 550 sqm; Student Center – 530 sqm; Sun Shades (4) – 669 sqm each
  • Domestic Water Utility and Fire Protection Systems Building – 74 sqm
  • Guard Booth and Canopy – 21 sqm
  • Avionics/Pod Facility – 1,800 sqm

Fuel Pier Cathodic Protection Inspection and Upgrade

Gilbane completes D-B repairs to base-wide cathodic protection system in Portugal.

Gilbane completed mission critical JP-8 jet fueling system repairs at an operational airfield at Lajes Field, which is located in the Azores. Lajes is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean that is subject to erratic weather, including heavy rain, sleet and winds. Because the project site was on an active runway, the team had coordination with the airfield tower. Also, all equipment and materials had to be imported by sea from the U.S. and Europe.

Design-build repairs to the base-wide cathodic protection (CP) system included new rectifiers, CP test stations, and new anodes on underground fuel pipelines. While validating the conceptual design, many existing CP system components were discovered to be non-functional or non-reliable. Also, the CP system at the South Pier Tank Farm needed repair. Gilbane performed these repairs and evaluated mechanical deficiencies and identified required repairs at the tank farm and pier.

Gilbane excavated and constructed an underground, cast-in-place concrete vault east of the existing south tank farm entry guard house to contain the flange joints on the underground fuel lines and enable future inspections. Gilbane also wired cabling to the flange joints on the fuel lines to provide better monitoring of CP performance. The team performed design-build replacement of a fuels receipt piping system manifold for unloading fuel tankers; inspected welding and pipe coatings; and performed start-up and testing.

Regional Logistics Support Warehouse, Fort Lewis McChord Joint Base

Gilbane is executing LEED certified military facilities for a greener, more sustainable future.

Gilbane is providing design-build services for a new Regional Logistics Support Complex (RLSC). Our scope includes construction of a 62,400 sf general purpose warehouse with truck dock areas, vehicle storage yards and supporting roadways, a remote switching Unit (RSU), and guard shack storage building. The project was awarded LEED Silver.

Our team understands the difficulties that may arise when constructing strategic military facilities in the Pacific Northwest, with weather playing a role too. With this in mind, Gilbane prepared a phased, fast track approach schedule to meet the needs of our client and complete this project on schedule and within budget.

San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) Hyperbaric Chamber Addition

Gilbane is providing Design/Build and Initial Outfitting services for a renovated Hyperbaric Chamber Facility in San Antonio.

Gilbane is providing Design-Build and Initial Outfitting services to the Air Force Medical Service via the Little Rock COE Design-Build Initial Outfitting (DBIO) MATOC.  This project of 12,781SF will provide an addition and 500SF of renovated area, a multi-person hyperbaric chamber and ancillary space.  Inpatient services are relocating from Lackland AFB to Brooke Army Medical Center, creating the joint Army/Air Force SAMMC campus.

With the consolidation of military inpatient medical services, the Air Force is relocating its hyperbaric chamber and ancillary services to SAMMC.