Gilbane Building Company Celebrates “Topping-Off” at West Valley College Kvamme Planetarium

(L-R) Aditya Thakur, Gilbane PM; Benjamin Mendelsohn, Chair, Physical Science, WVC; Jean Kvamme; E. Floyd Kvamme, Elizabeth Witt, Gilbane Sr. PM; Matais Pouncil, Dean, WVC; Tim Taylor, BHM Superintendent; Sue Dale, WVMCCD Facilities.

Saratoga, CA – August 17, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a national leader in construction management, was happy to celebrate a major milestone at the site of the West Valley College Kvamme Planetarium project in Saratoga, CA.  The steel topping off ceremony was attended by representatives from West Valley – Mission Community College District, college staff, Mr. and Mrs. Kvamme, for whom the planetarium is named, BHM Construction, Rackley Steel Erectors and representatives from Gilbane.

Gilbane is providing construction management services for West Valley Mission Community College District’s Kvamme Planetarium.  A major portion of the project funds have been donated by Jean and Floyd Kvamme. The project includes a 42 feet projection dome with a star projector and digital planetarium projectors, theater seating and a Roof Observatory with telescopes and live sky cams. The new environment will provide an immersive experience and the adjoining museum will contain fixed and rotating exhibits.

“Gilbane’s focus has been to exceed schedule expectations, which results in constant streamlining and a very dynamic sequencing of operations”, says Aditya Thakur, Project Manager with Gilbane, “I am very happy that everyone was able to make this event happen on such short notice. It was an amazing day for the project and a very special touch to this beautiful building. It was especially nice to see the pride and excitement expressed by Jean and Floyd Kvamme, it was truly a special day.”

“This is an exciting culmination of three years of intensive planning for this technically robust building!” Gaye Dabalos, Director of Facilities construction for the District.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build 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. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

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Duke University West Village Powerhouse

Gilbane transformed this historic landmark building into a modern work space for Duke University that draws in the industrial history of the city.

Renovation of historic building in downtown durham

Gilbane provided Construction Management at-Risk services for the renovation of the historic Powerhouse. The Powerhouse, located in Downtown Durham’s West Village, was originally constructed back in 1926 to provide electricity for the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company operations. Today it houses a vibrant environment for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program.

Scope of work on the 5-story tenant fit-out included renovations, minor site work and building envelope upgrades totaling 26,000 square feet. The project involved a complete renovation to the interior and exterior of this 90 year old historical landmark. This project is part of the overall University Facilities Master Plan.

The new design elements harken to the industrial past with exposed mechanical system. Workspaces were designed to include small meeting areas. The second floor offers a large, open collaboration area with expansive windows. New structural floors were inserted in the large volumes that housed the generators and turbines, but were held back from the outside wall to preserve the vast sense of space. Enclosed offices were given glass fronts and located in the interior to allow light to penetrate the open office areas.

Gilbane Building Company Breaks Ground for Multipurpose Academic Building at Wentworth Institute of Technology

The new facility, located on Wentworth’s Boston campus, will focus on engineering, innovation, and the sciences.

BOSTON, June 28, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a nationally recognized leader in higher education construction and facilities-related services, joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston Officials, Leers Weinsapfel Associates Architects, Wentworth President Zorica Pantić, trustees, alumni, students and faculty for the groundbreaking for a multipurpose academic building on Wentworth’s campus. The Wentworth groundbreaking was held June 21 on the school’s Huntington Avenue campus.

Gilbane is serving as construction manager for the development of the new, 75,000 SF educational facility. As the first academic structure to be built on the campus in more than 45 years, the structure will feature a large-scale glass and aluminum curtainwall system with zinc panel, and will include classroom, gallery, lecture, and meeting spaces. The building will house several academic programs, including the new biological engineering program; biomedical and civil engineering programs; science and manufacturing laboratories; and teaching/learning spaces to promote a collaborative environment. Additionally, the facility will serve as the home for Wentworth’s Innovation Center, which fosters collaboration among students and alumni, community members, and industry leaders.  Take a virtual tour of the new facility courtesy of Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects

“The construction of this multi-purpose academic building is further evidence of Wentworth’s focus on engineering innovation,” noted Michael E. McKelvy, President and CEO of Gilbane Building Company.  “We are honored to be a part of this exciting period in the institution’s history.”

In an effort to encourage hands-on learning opportunities throughout the project, the Gilbane team will be collaborating with Wentworth to develop new and innovative techniques to engage students in various capacities.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane Building Company is a full service firm providing construction and facilities management – 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, Gilbane is a privately-held, family-owned corporation with more than 50 offices worldwide.

Gilbane has served as a leading construction manager in Massachusetts since 1946 serving private and public clients, including a host of higher education clients throughout the Commonwealth including the University of Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Northeastern University, and Tufts University. The Boston office was named a Top Charitable Contributor in 2015 and 2016 by Boston Business Journal (BBJ). For more information, visit Gilbane’s website at www.gilbaneco.com/boston

Gilbane Celebrates “Topping-Out” at Texas A&M

The new Campus Hotel and Conference Center is scheduled to open in September

Houston, Texas – June 21, 2017 – Gilbane , a national leader in vertically-integrated real estate development and construction, recently celebrated a major milestone at the Texas A&M Campus Hotel & Conference Center project in College Station, Texas.  The topping out ceremony was attended by representatives from the Texas A&M University System, Gilbane, Stonehenge Holdings, and the Huitt-Zollars Team.  The event took place on Level 5 of the structure, with a view of Kyle Field.  Chancellor John Sharp addressed the attendees and participated in a luncheon for the construction team.

Gilbane through public private partnership delivery is providing oversight on design, development, and construction of the project. Work continues on the eight-story, 250 room hotel and conference center located across from Kyle Field.  The signing of a piece of sheetrock in this ceremony symbolizes the progress made toward the goal of the campus having a conference center for prospective employers to come and interview students, a facility to host national conferences, and a place for professors to speak to large groups.

“The conference center and hotel will be a tremendous asset for the Texas A&M community and Gilbane is proud to continue our relationship with Texas A&M University and be a part of delivering this world class project,” says Dan Gilbane, Southwest Division Leader for Gilbane Building Company.

The new hotel and conference center is scheduled to open September 1, 2018.

About Gilbane

Gilbane 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. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Building Company Receives CMAA Chicago Chapter Project Achievement Award

Gilbane Receives Award for Patient Room Build-out at The University of Chicago Medicine

Chicago, IL – June 20, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company was recently honored by the CMAA Chicago Chapter with its Project Achievement award for the construction of the 3rd and 4th Floor Patient Room Build-out at The University of Chicago Medicine.

The 204,000 SF build-out project converted vacant space into patient floors with a total of 203 new beds. Scope of work also included support work in multiple mechanical spaces to provide new equipment and four new air handling units. The patient rooms included 92 med-surge rooms, 37 observation rooms, 56 ICU rooms and 18 isolation rooms. The 3rd floor build-out also included a burn unit, while the 4th floor includes a radial lounge, PT/OT suite, and procedure room for the Heart and Vascular Department.

This challenging project was completed in an active hospital environment with strict infection control requirements and situated on a tight urban site. As an additional challenge, the work was located between a procedure floor on the fifth floor and the blood bank and pharmacy on the second floor, resulting in limited access and requiring meticulous planning to eliminate hospital operational impacts. Gilbane delivered this complex project two months ahead of schedule. This monumental achievement was accomplished utilizing Lean practices, Advanced Planning and Scheduling, prefabrication, and leading-edge technology.

The project team was committed to making a difference in the local community. This project created significant job opportunities including 560 union jobs (267 minority and female) and 36% City of Chicago residents. The project also achieved 45.70% diverse participation.

“We are humbled that this monumental project was awarded this great honor by the CMAA Chicago chapter. It was a true collaborative effort to deliver this project two months ahead of schedule, and we couldn’t have done it without all of our project partners.” said Tony Tysinger, Gilbane Building Company Project Executive

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build 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. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane has two permanent offices located in Chicago, as well as an extensive knowledge of the Chicagoland market including construction processes, area subcontractors/suppliers, local M/WBE contractors, and familiarity with Chicago jurisdictional authorities. With 39 years of success in the highly competitive Chicagoland market, Gilbane is committed to continuing the strong tradition of excellence in the Chicago construction industry.

 

Ohlone Community College, Measure C Bond Program

Gilbane is helping higher education institutions rebuild or grow their campuses to become examples of better ways to reduce, reuse and protect the earth’s resources, while reducing their own costs.

Infrastructure upgrades, renovation and modernization of campuses

Gilbane has been performing both Program and Construction Management services on behalf of Ohlone College as part of the Measure C bond program which involves the coordination and oversight of multiple construction projects for both Ohlone College’s Fremont and Newark campuses. Sample projects include but are not limited to a new parking structure, photovoltaics and an academic complex on the main campus which services to centralize and consolidate a number of key facilities. While the majority of our focus on the Newark campus has been infrastructure upgrades and photovoltaics.

Gilbane’s services include designer procurement; scheduling; estimating; cost control and reporting; establishment of program standards and procedures; contractor procurement; project design and construction management; constructability review; claims avoidance; DSA project certification; and overall assistance with the management and coordination of associated services contracts, some of which pertained to environmental, geotechnical, architectural, engineering, special inspection, materials testing, LEED facilitation and building commissioning.

West Valley-Mission Community College District

Gilbane has provided comprehensive construction management and as-needed program management services to the West Valley-Mission Community College District across two bond measures.

seamless delivery combined with sustainable solutions

Gilbane has provided comprehensive construction management and as-needed program management services to the West Valley-Mission Community College District across two bond measures – H, passed in November 2004, and C, passed in June 2012. These measures have funded the seamless delivery of both facility renovation/upgrades and capital new construction. The District prides itself in the lead delivery of program and construction management services and has accomplished significant projects and innovative delivery methods as a result.

Program highlights include an overall transformation and new orientation of the Santa Clara based Mission College campus with state of the art classroom, student services and administrative facilities. Demolition of the old administration building is slated as phase one of a future bond. In Saratoga, West Valley College has been enhanced by projects such as the Aquatic Center and Fox Center; the renovation and expansion of the Math and Science Building and Language Arts as well as various classroom upgrades and renovation of the Applied Arts & Sciences building.

As part of the District’s commitment to sustainability, the Gary G. Gillmor and Family Academic Center at Mission College achieved LEED Gold certification and West Valley College’s Language Arts & Social Sciences Building achieved LEED Silver certification.

Architects include Lionakis Beaumont Design Group, HMC Architects and BFGC Architects / IGI Group.

Gilbane Building Company Awarded Marin Community College Projects

Scope includes two campuses serving approximately 8,000 students

San Jose, California – May 30, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a nationally recognized leader in construction services, has been selected by the Marin Community College District in California as the Program Manager and Construction Manager for the delivery of the Measure B bond program across its core and satellite campuses which serve approximately 8,000 students.

Approved by Marin County voters in June 2016, Measure B will focus on the repair and upgrade of campus classroom buildings, science labs, vocational education facilities and job training centers necessary to support 21st-century career development in technology, computers and engineering. The bond is also intended for the repair and modernization of facilities and critical infrastructure to ensure access and safety for all students and community members.

“Thanks to the voters of this community, Measure B affords the District and its team (of which we are honored to be a part) the opportunity to implement a sustainable, thoughtful and cost-conscious program that will modernize and expand vital infrastructure and community resources to its campuses,” said Selene Lenox, Vice President of Gilbane Building Company.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build 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. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

San Jose Evergreen Community College District

The District includes two distinct college campuses which collectively serve more than 22,000 students with more than 720,000 square feet of educational and support facilities.

multiple campuses all projects targeting LEED silver certification

Gilbane is providing comprehensive Program Management and Construction Management services for the San Jose Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD). The District includes two distinct college campuses which serve more than 22,000 students with more than 720,000square feet of educational and support facilities.

Gilbane’s responsibilities include the completion of San Jose City College’s masterplan and the continued expansion, renovation and repair of Evergreen Valley College which involve more than 15 projects per campus as well as several District-wide facilities-related initiatives. All capital construction projects are primarily funded by bond measure G (2004) and/or measure G (2010). All projects are targeting LEED Silver certification.

As the program/construction manager, one of our primary initial responsibilities was to ensure compliance by keeping bond finance tracking and reporting functions separate between the two bond measures. Gilbane and its partners have worked to establish industry-leading program protocols, procedures, roles and responsibilities as well as reporting tools and financial management services. In addition to providing all industry-standard program and construction management services, Gilbane has led communications and PR-related services to fully support the District with its Board of Trustees and Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee reporting requirements. Gilbane further interacts closely with the local architectural, engineering and vendor community on behalf of the District, and has established new design and contractor procurement methods intended to further enhance process transparency.

Architects include HMC Architects, The Architects and AECOM/URS Corporation.