Alexandria Real Estate Equities, 270 Third Street Residential Tower

To power efficiency on Lean construction, Gilbane has invested in technology accelerators that were utilized to support the execution of this project and ensure aggressive schedule deadlines were achieved during record-breaking severe winter weather.

New High rise Residential tower in kendall square

Gilbane provided construction management services for the 105,000 square foot Residential Tower at 270 Third Street, in Kendall Square. The new nine-story tower encompasses 91-units and various amenities, including a pet spa, bicycle storage, retail and restaurant space with outdoor patio, and roof deck.

The site was extremely tight and logistically challenging.  The new tower was constructed to the sidewalks on three sides and is 30 feet from the adjacent building on the fourth side. Gilbane also managed the upgrade to the City’s surrounding infrastructure to support this new residential tower.

The residential tower is connected via an underground tunnel to the adjacent Alexandria Real Estate Equities 75-125 Third Street and includes an underground garage constructed by Gilbane.

Architects include DiMella Shaffer, Kleinfelder, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. and Payette Associates, Inc.

Arizona State University Tempe Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex Expansion

This award winning project also had a perfect safety record with more than 180,000 incident free man-hours.

Fitness complex achieves leed platinum certification

Gilbane provided Construction Management at Risk services for a major, 84,500 SF expansion and renovation of the Sun Devil Fitness Complex at Arizona State University’s main Tempe campus. Along with partial renovation of the existing facility, the project included the addition of a two-court gym, a second-level multi-activity gym, strength training and fitness areas, a running track, office and therapy space, and a lounge area. The project was constructed in response to student demand and input.

While the goal for this project was LEED Gold, the project actually achieved LEED Platinum certification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest designation. Gilbane was also the recipient of the Excellence in Masonry Architectural Award from the Arizona Masonry Guild.

Architects were Sasaki Associates and Studio Ma.

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

North Reading Middle/High School

Constructed in two phases over three years, the project included extensive site work, a wastewater treatment plant, a new high school and core facility, and a gut renovation to the existing middle school.

Award Winning learning environment

Gilbane served as the construction manager at-risk for the new integrated Middle/High School. The project consisted of a gut-renovation to the pre-existing middle school and the construction of a new adjacent high school. The new high school building provides a state-of-the-art learning environment for students and faculty, offering flexible classrooms, high-tech laboratory spaces, and small group learning areas. The pre-existing 136,410 SF middle school connects to the new high school through a large open Main Street corridor. The Middle/High School shares a new performing arts center/auditorium; kitchen and cafeteria; gymnasium; library/media center; and administrative spaces as well as core mechanical spaces. Combined, the facilities will serve a total of 1,370 students in grades six through 12.

Designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification, several sustainable features were implemented in the building’s design, including a high performance exterior wall system consisting of high visible light transmittance, daylight dimming light controls with photocells, and water systems allowing for increased water efficiency through the use of low-flow fixtures.

The four-phased construction schedule allowed occupancy of the new high school prior to the middle school renovation. The schedule was compressed, where possible, in order to expedite the opportunity for students to move into the new high school. Additionally, the project required extensive site work due to the existing middle school topography which required large cut-and-fill quantities of land. The project scope also included the construction of a wastewater treatment plant, abatement and demolition of the existing high school, and extensive athletic field work including the construction of a softball and practice field, discus/javelin field, and a team room to serve the existing football field.

ENR New England Best Projects recently recognized the North Reading High School Project as a New England Best Project with an Award of Merit in the K-12 Education Category

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.

San Felipe Place

Providing tenants with the most convenient and comprehensive work environment available

17-Story “boutique” office tower nestled into the famous river oaks area

Gilbane provided construction management at-risk services for San Felipe Place, a new 17-story “boutique” office tower designed by HKS Architects. Owned and managed by Hines Corporation, the structure includes eight levels for parking and nine floors of premier office space. The building provides local tenants with the most convenient and comprehensive work environment available.

Because of its close proximity to residential areas, the building was specially designed to be compatible in both neighborhood and commercial settings. The parking 400-space parking garage, measuring 160,000 SF, is enclosed with opaque spandrel hand vision glass so cars aren’t visible from the exterior. In addition to a main lobby, bank, and coffee shop, San Felipe Place contains 173,000 SF of office space including two floors of executive suites and six elevators. Mechanical equipment is situated in a sound-proof enclosure on the roof.

Sidewalks shaded by trees border the building and underground detention systems will be put in place to safely manage rainwater. Workers were required to park offsite and travel in by shuttle to decrease congestion throughout construction.

Targeting LEED Gold certification, the project recycled 76% of construction debris and employs green building design, operations, and maintenance solutions. Furthermore, San Felipe Place benefited from Gilbane’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) services which increased collaboration, improved safety, accelerated processes, and reduced costs. After conducting thorough document and design review, Gilbane had already addressed several issues which would have added weeks to the schedule and thousands of dollars in construction changes had they not been resolved in the design phase.

University of South Carolina New Law School

Gilbane provides construction management services for the new-state-of-the-art Law School to aid the recruitment of top-tier students and faculty.

Inspired by Tradition and Designed to Enhance Collaboration

Located in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, adjacent to the State House the new Law School will accommodate 660 students and features technology-rich instructional spaces, a 300-seat ceremonial courtroom, law library, faculty areas, legal clinics, administrative areas, and student journals and organization spaces. The stately limestone façade will feature classical elements that were inspired by South Carolina native Robert Mills, architect of numerous historic buildings and landmarks.

Signature spaces inside the New Law School consist of a law library that features a reading room overlooking the courtyard that respects the setting of two historic houses on the site that will provide future expansion space for the university as adaptive reuse space.

Stressing many LEED initiatives, the building features dynamic horizontal and vertical metal sunshades installed to block direct sunlight that will naturally keep the building cool. This project in targeting LEED Gold certification.

Architects include SmithGroup JRR and Boudreaux Group.

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.


Kinder Morgan Tower Renovations (formerly El Paso)

Complete renovation of a 32-story headquarters building in downtown Houston

Great strides taken to ensure a sustainable project

El Paso Corporation and owner representative, Hines, selected the Gilbane team for the complete renovation of El Paso Corporation’s 32-story headquarters in downtown Houston. The renovation of this 45 year-old, high-rise office building included the complete restacking of all departments, functions, and employee areas.

Each of the floors renovated included asbestos abatement. This process was carefully managed and secured since the building was occupied by 2,000 El Paso Corporation employees. A negative air environment during demolition ensured the safety of all workers and staff occupying the building.

A new data center was included in the project scope. The renovation also consisted of new flooring and ceilings, new MEP systems, equipment, and fixtures. Each floor has a “Town Center” lounge area boasting luxury amenities for use by employees.

Because of El Paso Corporation’s needs for immediate rearranging of the built out office and work station areas, lightweight partitions were installed to allow for ease in movement.

The Gilbane project staff took great strides to ensure a sustainable project. At 65% completion of the project, 83% of construction debris and materials had been sent for recycling. This debris included old carpeting, wall partitions, drywall, metal studs, and plastics. The project achieved LEED® Gold certification for Commercial Interiors.

Shell Technology Center

When completed, these renovation projects were transformed to Class A status

Renovations to 13 buildings at this 33 year old campus

This expansion and renovation is for the Shell Technology Center, previously called the Westhollow Technology Campus. The 33 year old facility has 43 buildings and the project included renovating 13 of the buildings. Renovations included conversion to modern laboratories, conference rooms and cafeteria center, office and administrative space. The projects included extensive MEP upgrades including:

  • Utilities – comprised of a new electrical duct bank
  • Command Center – to house fiber and recording instruments for observation and monitoring
  • A four-story research laboratory, a new multi-purpose building annex to an existing building, a new building replacement and a new shipping and receiving facility are also components of the scope of the project.
  • All new switchgears, new roof and air handling units
  • Installation of miles of fiber loop (with interduct fiber) for the entire campus
    • This included the underground infrastructure of trenches 6 to 10 ft deep with concrete.

    When completed, the renovation projects were transformed to Class A status. Additionally, these projects targeted LEED EB Silver certification. For instance, at 30% completion, we were able to achieve 93% recycling of debris and construction materials. Due to the campus size and the fact that much of the campus is occupied, our logistics plan included the coordination of the transport of more than 400 construction workers from a central parking location to their respective buildings for work.  As with all our projects, safety is priority and this project had no lost time incidents.