Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane, Inc.

Gilbane, Inc. Is one of the largest privately-held family-owned construction and real-estate development firms in the industry.


Gilbane Inc.

Gilbane, Inc., headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the largest privately held family-owned construction and real estate development firms in the industry. Founded in 1873, Gilbane has active participation from the 4th, 5th and 6th generations. Concentrating in select markets throughout North America, as well as internationally, Gilbane operates through more than 50 offices worldwide, as an industry leader in construction and real estate development.

With several billion square feet of successful project completions to our credit, including some of the most complex assignments, we have demonstrated time and time again our expertise in turning the most challenging situations into successfully completed buildings. We strive to bring our core values, expertise and integrated client-focused team approach as we deliver value in each of our projects in streamlined process.

Board of Directors

Franz Colloredo Mansfield Gilbane Inc. Board

Franz F. Colloredo-Mansfeld

Franz F. Colloredo-Mansfeld is chief executive officer and co-founder of Cabot Properties. As CEO, Cabot has raised four private equity funds, committed approximately $2.7 billion in total capital and completed 200 transactions in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Previously, Franz served as chief financial officer of Cabot Industrial Trust from 1998 to 2001. Before joining Cabot, Franz was a management consultant with McKinsley & Company Inc. in both Boston and Budapest from 1992 to 1996. In 1992, he worked in Germany for the Deutsche Bank real estate investment group and was a Robert Bosch Fellow at the German Central Bank (Bundesbank) in Frankfurt in 1991. He was also an investment banker with Merrill Lynch & Co, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions in New York, London, and Tokyo from 1986 to 1989.

Franz graduated from Harvard College with a degree in history and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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John Fowler, Gilbane Inc Board

John P. Fowler

John P. Fowler is a co-founder executive managing director at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP and HFF Inc. where he oversees major commercial financing, equity and sales transactions.  Over the past 30 years, John has successfully completed close to 900 real estate transactions valued at more than $48 billion.

His career began in 1968 at the Real Estate Department of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. He then joined a New England-based mortgage banking and development company in 1972.  In 1974, John formed Fowler, Goedecke & Co., a predecessor to Fowler Goedecke Ellis & O’Connor, Inc., which merged into HFF in 1998. He currently serves as vice chairman emeritus of HFF Inc. and has been its director emeritus since 2012.

John is an active member of Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Finance Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and Artery Business Committee.  He is also a member of the board of trustees at the Roxbury Latin School.

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John Galvin, Gilbane Inc. Board

John Galvin

John Galvin is executive vice president of AAA Northeast and the former chief financial officer for Collette Vacations previously serving on their executive committee and board of directors. John began his career at KPMG and is a longtime member of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  He later joined Paramount Cards as their first director of strategic planning then as their assistant vice president.

John is an active community member and serves on the board of Care New England. He is the chairman of the board for Meeting Street Center. John is a past member of the board of directors and served on the executive committee for the United States Tour Operators Association, and also served on the board of Engage RI, the Providence Boys and Girls Club, and as the finance committee chair for Tourism Cares.

John holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MBA from Bryant University, and has completed the OPM Executive Education program at the Harvard Business School.

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Robert Gilbane

Robert V. Gilbane

Robert V. Gilbane is chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane Development Company and vice president of Gilbane, Inc. Since 1973, Mr. Gilbane has been responsible for the overall strategic direction and profitability of Gilbane Development Company developing in excess of $5 billion in real estate projects. Completed projects include more than 50 million square feet in a wide range of best-in-class/build-to-suit, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), award-winning residential communities, mixed-use facilities, market rate and purpose built student housing developments, and affordable properties.

A current member of the Urban Land Institute, he is a past chairman and former member of the executive committee for the Providence Foundation, as well as past chairman for the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

A graduate of Brown University, Mr. Gilbane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Civilization.

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Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr., Chairman of Gilbane Building Company

Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr.

Thomas F. Gilbane Jr. is the chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane, Inc., a holding company with two principal subsidiaries — Gilbane Building Company of which he is chairman and Gilbane Development Company. Tom sets the strategies and goals for Gilbane, Inc. in collaboration with the Board of Directors, directs the organization’s growth through acquisitions or investments, and oversees Gilbane Building Company to ensure profitable operation and continued growth.

Tom joined Gilbane Building Company in 1970 and has served in numerous field and office positions during his 46-year tenure. Under his leadership, Gilbane operates with a “one company” philosophy that maximizes the organization’s resources and expertise on projects and business pursuits. Tom’s leadership exemplifies strong family culture and values advocating a continued commitment to ensuring the highest standards on safety, ethics and core values. Tom was a 2014 recipient of the National Safety Council’s CEOs Who “Get It” that  recognized his personal commitment to worker safety and health with a focus on caring about people. He has been the driving force behind Gilbane Building Company’s expansion beyond the U.S. domestic market with the company’s extensive geographic footprint now including over 50 U.S. and international offices.

Tom is chairman of the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), chairman of the ACE Mentor Program of America, a member of the National Academy of Construction and a Babson College Trustee. He is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Business’ Advanced Management Program; Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, majoring in Project Management; Babson College with a BSBA in Business Management; Rhode Island School of Design’s evening division with a certificate in Building Construction; and attended Brown University for three years studying liberal arts. Tom also served six years in the Army National Guard’s Engineer Battalion as a 2nd Lieutenant.

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Thomas F. Gilbane III, Gilbane Inc Board

Thomas F. Gilbane III

Thomas F. Gilbane III is a managing member of Rockpoint Group LLC, a global real estate investment management firm. Mr. Gilbane joined Rockpoint’s predecessor, Westbrook Real Estate Partners (“WREP”), in 1999 with a concentration on their Eastern U.S. and European investment and asset management activities.

Prior to joining WREP, Tom worked in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch.

A graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Tom III is chairman of the board of Overseers for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and is actively involved with Boston Children’s Hospital.

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William Gilbane Jr. Vice Chairman Gilbane Building Company

William J. Gilbane, Jr.

William J. Gilbane, Jr. is vice chairman of Gilbane Building Company and vice president of Gilbane Inc. and leads the company’s focus on exceeding client expectations and achieving operational excellence. He also serves as principal on major projects and champions Gilbane’s diversity efforts and Lean construction initiatives. Bill has served in numerous roles and leadership capacities during his 46-year tenure and currently has the executive responsibility for overseeing Gilbane’s Florida operations.

As president and COO, he was a driving force behind the company’s growth plans resulting in the expansion of operations in more than 50 offices worldwide. Bill provided leadership and direction to implement the company’s strategic plans allowing the firm to develop the next generation of leaders that have contributed to the organization’s continued growth. Bill has also had the executive responsibility for developing and fostering employee development through Gilbane University, an immersive training platform recognized by Training Magazine as one of the top learning organizations in the construction industry.

Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brown University. A current member of the Irish Famine Memorial Committee and the President’s Roundtable for the Rochester Institute of Technology, Bill also serves on the board for the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society.

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Frank T. MacInness Board Gilbane Inc

Frank T. MacInnis

Frank T. MacInnis is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Connecticut-based EMCOR Group, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and global leader in mechanical and electrical construction services, industrial and energy infrastructure and building services. Frank also served as a director for 18 years and as chairman of the board for five years for The Williams Companies, a leading energy infrastructure company in North America. Mr. MacInnis is chairman of the board of ITT Corporation, a high-tech engineering and manufacturing company. In addition, he is chairman of the board at ComNet Communications, LLC, a provider of turnkey voice, data and video infrastructure; and a director for Argus Machine, a leading machining, engineering and design company in Canada.

Mr. MacInnis, a 30-plus year veteran in the international construction and facilities industry, began his career in Tehran, Iran as an officer of Paris-based Spie Batignolles S.A. In 1981, he was named chairman and chief executive officer of H.C. Price Construction, a builder of large diameter oil and gas pipelines. After serving for several years as the chairman of Comstock Group Inc., a New York-based construction group, Frank joined JWP, Inc. in early 1994 and successfully managed its reorganization and served as chairman for 20 years. His qualifications include industry, financial, corporate governance, legal, operating and compensation experience.

Frank received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Alberta and is a graduate of The University of Alberta Law School located in Alberta, Canada.

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Bonnie Newman Board Gilbane Inc

J. Bonnie Newman

J. Bonnie Newman is chancellor emeritus of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Previously, she served as the interim president of the University of New Hampshire, executive dean at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as assistant to the president of the United States for Management and Administration during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. During the administration of President Ronald Reagan, Ms. Newman served as the assistant secretary of commerce for Economic Development and as associate director of Presidential Personnel.

Bonnie is a director of Exeter Trust Company and a former director of Exeter Hospital and the Lumina Foundation. She is a former chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors and former vice chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and a Masters of Education in higher education administration from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Ron Skates Gilbane Inc Board

Ronald L. Skates

Ronald L. Skates is a private investor. He was the president and chief executive officer of Data General Corporation, a computer manufacturer and software development company until it was acquired.

Prior to his tenure at Data General he was a partner in the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse & Co.  Ron is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Skates currently serves as a director of Raytheon Company and State Street Corporation.  In prior years, he served as a director for a number of public companies. Ron is also an emeritus trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a trustee of The Massachusetts Physicians Organization and a member of Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc.’s oversight committees.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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Paul Choquette Jr. Gilbane Building Company

Paul J. Choquette, Jr.

Paul J. Choquette Jr. is vice chairman of Gilbane, Inc. and a director emeritus for Gilbane’s Board of Directors. In 1997 he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane Building Company after being elected president in 1981. Paul was the sixth consecutive family member to lead the company since its founding in 1873. Elected vice president in 1971, he served in that office until his appointment as executive vice president in 1975. Prior to joining Gilbane in 1969, Paul was associated with the law firm of Edwards & Angell, LLP located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Paul is a trustee emeritus of Brown University serving on numerous Brown committees. He is past president and director of The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the past chairman of the New England Council. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and past president of the Northeast Region, Boys Scouts of America. Paul continues to serve on the board of the Narragansett Council in Rhode Island. He is also vice chairman and trustee of Trinity Repertory Theater.

Paul graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Brown University Hall of Fame and the Providence Gridiron Club Hall of Fame. In 1985, he was the recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award; and in 1991, he received the Distinguished American Award from the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

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Gilbane Family

One Family Gilbane Building Company

Building More Than Buildings

Our camaraderie and team sentiment is rooted in our family history. There are more than a century of lessons learned incorporated into everything we do. We’ve built and developed millions of square feet of facilities throughout the United States and internationally. This history gives us the insight and experience necessary to deliver maximum value in all construction and real estate development projects for clients.

Gilbane, Inc.

We have active participation from multiple generations at both the Building Company and Development Company. Thomas F. Gilbane Jr. is chairman and CEO of Gilbane, Inc. and chairman of Gilbane Building Company. William J. Gilbane Jr. is vice president of Gilbane, Inc. and vice chairman of Gilbane Building Company and Robert V. Gilbane is chairman and CEO of Gilbane Development Company and vice president of Gilbane, Inc. Paul J. Choquette Jr., son of third-generation family member Virginia Gilbane Choquette, is vice chairman of Gilbane, Inc.


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Gilbane is the builder and developer of some of the most highly visible projects domestically and internationally. With a global footprint of more than 50 offices and the resources of more than 2,600 people, we are motivated by a commitment to quality and excellence with a determined effort to exceed client expectations.

Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane Building Company is one of the nation’s oldest construction companies and is recognized as a leader in the industry. Our vision to be the premier company serving a full spectrum of facility needs to our clients and opportunities for our employees remains steadfast, as does our dedication to core values. We are a leading building firm, providing full construction and facilities-related services from sustainable building to the latest in construction technology for clients across various markets.

Gilbane Development Company

Gilbane Development Company is the real estate development, investment and property management arm of Gilbane, Inc. We’ve been creating and implementing successful real estate programs for public, private and non-profit clients throughout the United States for four decades. Our goal is to serve as a single resource for navigating the tangled web of variables associated with real estate development, construction, financing, operations, and management.

Interactive Timeline

Click here to view an interactive timeline featuring key milestones in Gilbane history, from immigration to America from Ireland to present day projects.