Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) Building 6, Robert W. Wilson Building

The latest expansion results in MASS MoCA being the largest contemporary art museum in the United States.

Restoring an occupied Historic cultural facility

Gilbane provided construction management at-risk services for the third phase of a comprehensive master plan for the mixed use redevelopment of a National List of Historic Places factory mill complex. The 13 acres of grounds in North Adams, Massachusetts, encompasses a vast complex of 19th century factory buildings and occupy nearly one-third of the city’s downtown business district.  MASS MoCA is ranked among the most visited institutions in the U.S. dedicated to new art and with the latest expansion it is the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S.

The scope of Phase III included the build out of 135,000 SF of interior space, ultimately doubling the space currently available, for museum galleries, performing arts facilities, public circulation and workshop and meeting facilities. Working adjacent to occupied galleries and collection storage areas, noise and dust control were of the utmost importance throughout the project. The team successfully avoided potential impacts to the operational facility through the isolation of construction areas and use of ample ventilation.

The project scope also required lighting and climate control flexibility and coverage throughout the space. New HVAC and lighting systems were specially designed for the exhibit spaces allowing for individual area controls and ability to increase or decrease lighting and temperatures, as needed for current and future exhibits.

Gilbane developed an on-site plan to ensure the safety of all museum visitors, staff, and the facility’s collections throughout construction. Work areas were isolated from the operational areas of the building and shutdowns were carefully coordinated with the owner. As available space for on-site deliveries was limited to a shared courtyard, the team communicated regularly with the owner through weekly meetings to coordinate and update team members on daily delivery schedules. Through the team’s collaborative efforts, the project remained on track without impacting daily operational activities.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Cultural Phase III, Building 6 was nominated for Gilbane’s 2016 Iver Johnson Builder of the Year award. The Iver Johnson Builders of the Year award is Gilbane’s highest honor for excellence in project management and is awarded annually to a team with on-site responsibility for a Gilbane project completed during the previous calendar year.

For more on Building 6’s architecture see the MASS MoCA link,

Fire Station No. 1, Fort Myers

In order to maintain the most efficiency and maximize roles, the team worked together from day one and through the GMP, working through the value analysis and allowances.

New state of the art Fire station targets LEED silver certification

Gilbane provided construction management services for the new Fire Station, Administration, and Headquarters facility for the City of Fort Myers Fire Department which includes Fire Station No. 1, Operations Area, Crew Quarters, Fleet Fueling, Meeting, Training, Fire Administration, and Fire Prevention spaces. The new fire station will contain five apparatus bays for equipment.

The new 4-story, state-of-the-art station offers a variety of new features including, wireless access on every floor, a library for the firefighters and emergency personnel that allows for quiet space and an area to study. There is a weight room and a ‘Day Room’ that offers 10 leather recliners and large flat-screen tv for the firefighters to use on down time. The station is now outfitted with two poles for the firefighters to use when responding to an emergency and is equipped with enhanced padding to protect from injuries. Additional features include fire hose and equipment storage, high volume water plumbing, living quarters, kitchen and dining area, laundry room with heavy duty laundry equipment for washing gear, station offices, weight room and training spaces.

Gilbane was very involved in the preconstruction process examining structural systems, high performance building objectives, cost, scheduling options and possible site construction alternatives which helped to accelerate the construction start date. The project’s fast-track construction schedule enabled the project to be completed in 15 months. The new facility is targeting LEED Silver certification.

The Mayor of Fort Myers and other dignitaries of the City of Fort Myers celebrated the grand opening of their new Fire Station One with the uncoupling of a ceremonial fire hose instead of the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.

Dodge Data and Analytics Showcase the impact of collaboration on minimizing construction risk

A recent report by Dodge Data and Analytics researches how a collaborative approach can successfully mitigate risk, construction overspending, project schedule overruns and underperformance. The study shows the prevalence of risk in the construction industry and highlights important collaborative tools that can assist project stakeholders in addressing these risk factors. Gilbane’s Kings Theater project is featured on pages 30-31 of the report. The case study details the techniques and processes that Gilbane implemented to mitigate the many risks associated with the iconic heritage project. Gilbane was able to envisage success through Lean practices and risk management to ensure that the Kings Theatre restoration met all its funding deadlines, was completed on time for their first scheduled event, within budget, and without a single contractor-initiated change order. Click here to read the Dodge Data and Analytics report.

Gordon Glover to Lead Regional Business Development Center of Excellence for Cultural and Performing Arts

Gilbane Building Company continues to expand with signature construction projects in the cultural marketplace.

gordon-gloverFort Myers, Florida – December 2016 – Gilbane Building Company, a national leader in the construction of cultural arts projects, has appointed Gordon Glover to head the Business Development Leadership team for the Cultural and Performing Arts Center of Excellence (COE). The COE is made up of seasoned professionals from across the country that provide the highest level institutional knowledge, cutting edge thinking within the market sector, and lessons learned from an array of transformational projects.

Glover, who recently was named as senior business manager to lead the development of client relations throughout South Florida, has more than 14 years of construction industry experience. He originally joined Gilbane in 2006 in a project management capacity. During his tenure he has been responsible for both execution of projects and overseeing client relationships. Some of the notable cultural and performing arts projects include the expansion of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, the Museum of Arts and Crafts Modern Movement in Tampa and the new convention space and room tower addition for the Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.

“Gordon’s proven leadership with top clients, comprehensive market knowledge and contributions within the marketplace make him the ideal leader for this market,” said Robert Hayes, senior vice president for the Florida division. “He will be instrumental in leading the company’s growth as we continue to serve our clients.”

Glover holds a BS in Management from Boston College and is a LEED AP®.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane Building Company provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services—from preconstruction planning and integrated consulting capabilities, to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services—for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world.

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City of Houston, Young Neighborhood Library

The building’s unique shape is a reflection of the corresponding curving Metro Rail that passes close by.

Community will have a spacious, modern library

Gilbane recently provided construction services for the new Young Neighborhood Library located in Houston, Texas. The Young Neighborhood library originally opened in 1957 and for quite some time resided in a strip mall about two blocks from the new site. The new facility increases the size of the library, offering more resources as well as more space for the community.

This new 16,000 SF library is a single story building with a steel frame on concrete slab on grade. The interior of the structure features raised flooring, metal panel ceilings and an open concept, with a strong focus on clear site lines for public safety. The site consists of a concrete parking lot with easy access on two sides.

The building’s unique curvilinear shape in two dimensions is a reflection of the corresponding curving Metro Rail line that passes in close proximity to the site, in an architectural attempt to obtain symmetry with the surrounding neighborhood. The design was developed based on a unique series of public dialogues and workshops between the City, the local community, and the Design Team. The project is seeking to obtain LEED Silver.

Nevada Air National Guard Fire Station Replacement

State of the art two-story building included many specialized systems

Award winning project with many sustainable features

Gilbane provided general contractor services for the Nevada Air National Guard (NANG) in Reno, NV.    The new fire station replaced the existing inadequate station and consisted of a two story building with administrative offices, training and conference rooms, sleeping quarters, individual bedrooms, laundry, living room, and a kitchen for fire department personnel.  The main focus of the facility was the seven apparatus bays for fire trucks and other dispatch vehicles which were unique in that each bay was serviceable from each side of the building via Large Automatic Four-Fold Glass Doors.

This facility was state of the art and included N+2 redundancy as well as a number of specialized systems including but not limited to: Compressed Air package system, SCBA Breathing Air Compressor System, Solar Water Collector System with 19 roof mounted Panels, Wash Bay Equipment for Truck/Car Wash, Vehicle Exhaust Removal System, Blast Resistant Glazing, Air-to-Air Energy Recovery System, Radiant Heating Flooring System, Fire Station Alert System, Mass Notification System & Public Address.

 “Gilbane brought in an experienced team.  Fairness sticks out in my mind when it comes to change orders.  It was a challenging and complicated project and Gilbane’s technical expertise and high quality of service was great.  Also, the follow up after the project ended was remarkable and Gilbane has stayed involved.”
-Lt Col Robert Nicholas, BCE – Nevada Air National Guard – 152nd Airlift Wing.

Architects are Burns & McDonnell and H&K Architects

Rhode Island Veterans Administration, Veterans Home Additions and Renovations

$94 million, state-of-the-art 208 bed facility providing skilled nursing and residential care on 49 acres supporting our veterans and their families.

Gilbane is providing construction management at-risk services for a replacement residential facility to house Rhode Island veterans. Some of the services that the facility will provide include social, medical, nursing, and rehabilitative services. The project includes construction of six new single-story “neighborhood buildings” built around a two-story commons building with amenity space for residents, as well as administrative offices.  Demolition of approximately 180,000 square feet of the existing 200,000 square foot facility and renovation of the remaining 20,000 square feet will take place prior to new construction.

To make room for the new construction, the existing 60-foot tall 1890’s Water Tower needed to be relocated.  The structure was moved at a speed of one mile per hour, taking nearly three hours via the use of “tire dollies.”    Click here to watch the Tower Move, courtesy of RKNR Media. 

A video of a flyover the site in June 2016 is shown below (courtesy of JP Cloutier):

Construction activities currently underway include:

    • Site improvements to include excavation, grading, paving, landscaping, and amenities
    • Extensive utility systems upgrades including removal, abatement, and upgrades of all major utility systems
    • Parking and pedestrian circulation
    • Environmental abatement and demolition activities in the existing facility
    • Preservation and relocation of historic structures, including the historic water tower and garage buildings

Read news coverage on this project from Providence Journal and Channel 10.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Renovation & Modernization

With the help of cutting-edge technology Gilbane will minimize disruption to the library’s daily operations during this comprehensive modernization.

Preserving the Past while building the future

In 2015, Enoch Pratt Free Library had 1.7 million visitors, which makes the library one of Baltimore’s top attractions. Its free programs alone attracted 127,000 participants throughout the year! Originally built in 1933, Pratt will undergo a comprehensive modernization program. Meanwhile, the library will remain fully operational in order to continue hosting their popular programs. The library’s learning environment will be expanded with the new teen and young adult wing and a designated career center. New MEP systems, life safety, and code upgrades will restore the building’s infrastructure. Facade restoration and roof replacement, as well as exterior window and fixture restorations, will ensure the library continues to stand the test of time. Refurbished plaster, restored art work, and improved interior finishes will further enhance the beauty of the historic structure that occupies a city block on Cathedral Street in downtown Baltimore. Lee Woodward Ziegler, a Baltimore native, painted the extensive murals depicting Faerie Queen throughout the library, which were dedicated in 1945. The restoration of these pieces, along with extensive upgrades designed by Ayers Saint Gross and Beyer Blinder Belle, will bring one of the most historic library systems in the United States into the 21st century.

Increasing Opportunities for the local community

This library will not only increase learning opportunities for local residents but also employment opportunities for local MBE firms. With an overall MBE subcontractor participation goal of 32%, Gilbane plans to engage MBE firms in a wide variety of trades. Local workforce participation enables the community to be an essential part of the new Enoch Pratt Free Library, which will serve as an indispensable resource to not only the Baltimore community but also the state.

County of Bergen, Justice Center Complex New County Agency Building, Parking Deck & Justice Center

A history of quality construction and expertise with Bergen County has led to multiple projects with the county.

multiple projects on the same site Completed in 3 phases

To address a need for more adequate space, improved operational configuration, and better security, Gilbane was selected by the County of Bergen to provide design and construction management services for a new agency building, parking deck, and the renovations to the existing Justice Center complex. Completed in three phases, the scope included a new six-story, 128,525-square-foot building, a 750-space parking structure, and renovations to 40,000-square-foot in the existing Justice Center.

The agency building houses the Bergen County Sheriff, Prosecutor, County Municipal Court, and other county agencies. The new six-story building was designed to complement the existing historic Justice Center using a Federalist inspired façade. A secure pedestrian bridge for staff and judges was constructed to connect the parking garage to the new building and the Justice Center to ensure the safety of notable employees. Special attention was given to maintaining the historical elements of the existing space, with the renovated Justice Center providing new courtrooms, offices and support spaces for the program needs of the Court.

The County of Bergen is a repeat client and projects with the County have included a new 266,000-square-foot, five-story administration building and five-level parking deck; a 30,000-square-foot Bureau of Criminal Investigations Building; and a 263,000-square-foot, 661-bed ail Annex Expansion.

Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater

A new amphitheater for Onondaga was designed and built within one year on a Superfund waste site.

The Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater is an outdoor event complex, which includes an amphitheater with an estimated seating capacity of approximately 17,500 (both covered and lawn seats), a nature area, vendor/festival area and recreational trails. The project included the design and construction of a pavilion, stage-house, back-of-house, loading dock, restroom facilities and a box office from the Design-Build team of Gilbane and Architects Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL) and QPK Design.

The design of the pavilion roof, a key contributor to the architectural shaping of the facility, utilizes eight trusses with four unique end conditions and achieves a maximum span of 190’. Each of the trusses weigh over 84,000 pounds at 190 feet in length, and are supported by the steel at the stage and columns. The trusses are so large that they presented potential safety issues with delivery, so Gilbane arranged deliveries of the intermittent truss sections to be escorted by over 15 New York State Police.

Environmental Impact

The largest challenge to overcome was the condition of the site itself, with the Amphitheater situated on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund waste site. Gilbane re-mediated the area to comply with Federal, State and local environmental regulations. By the end of the project, over 80 thousand cubic yards of existing industrial waste had been excavated and relocated to an onsite staging area, with more than 130 thousand cubic yards of infill material imported, not including topsoil.


In addition to providing a new community space, Gilbane achieved over 20% local Minority and Women Based Enterprise (MWBE) participation, including mentoring opportunities for the smaller companies. After almost a year of collaboration from the Design-Build team, the result is a stunning space that provides the county with an area to gather together as a community. The state-of-the-art performing arts center has transformed a previously dilapidated piece of land into an iconic destination that reflects the beauty of the surrounding land and encourages a celebration of arts and culture.