Ash Pile Sampling and Remediation, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Detailed coordination efforts allowed Gilbane to safely remove Low Level Radiological Waste (LLRW) and hazardous waste in an ash pile on a steep slope at LANL. Activities included sampling, characterization and waste characterization of LLRW and hazardous waste.

Early decisions critical in center that offers one-stop care

At Los Alamos Airport, Gilbane managed the removal of a large ash pile containing low-level radioactive materials, PCBs, PAHs, lead, metals, asbestos, dioxins, and pesticides near LANL. The ash pile, which was associated with a DOE/LANL incinerator that operated from the 1940s to the 1970s, covered a 30,000-square-foot area and was up to 10 feet thick. The site of the ash pile was scheduled for cleanup and closure as part of the DOE Land Transfer Project to Los Alamos County.

This project was unique because the ash pile was located on a steep hillside, which required Gilbane to perform sampling and removal activities on 70-degree slopes. Gilbane personnel experienced in rappelling performed the sampling, so they could safely reach the ash and obtain samples. Forward planning and focused safety operations were critical to the success of the project. Gilbane removed approximately 320 cubic yards of uncontaminated debris and 3,500 cubic yards of ash with metallic debris and impacted soil from the steep hillside using an innovative combination of specialized logging equipment and vacuum systems, as well as mechanical excavation and handpicking of the debris.

SLAC National Laboratory Equipment Removal Sectors 0 to 10, Menlo Park, CA

Detailed coordination efforts allowed the equipment removal to be complete one month ahead of schedule, allowing SLAC to have co-occupancy with other contractors for construction of the new LCLS II accelerator.


Gilbane successfully completed 100% removal of equipment from the 1 km long LINAC accelerator at SLAC National Laboratory under a highly aggressive schedule with a required completion date of December 31, 2016.  Through specialized sequencing of construction crews, all equipment was removed from the first floor (Klystron Gallery) and the underground accelerator housing before November 30, 2016, allowing a required co-occupancy for construction of the LCLS II.

The transport of removed components out of the Accelerator Housing required a great deal of planning and coordination. Due to the lack of ventilation, only electric forklifts were feasible for use inside the housing. In addition, the maneuverability was restricted by the width of the tunnel. In order to remove the 40 foot long accelerator structures, custom girders (dollies) were fabricated, which allowed workers to roll the accelerator structures out of the tunnel without the use of heavy equipment. This safer approach increased the efficiency of the work flow and enhanced overall safety for the project.

Because of radiological hazards identified in the Accelerator Housing, field crews performed a portion of the scope under radiological controls and oversight. To ensure that all radiological wastes were identified prior to removal from the work area, Gilbane’s subcontractor performed radiological surveys for every component removed from the radiologically controlled areas within the Accelerator Housing.

Technical Area TA-21 Tritium Research Cluster, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Coordinated efforts in a Department Of Energy site allowed multiple tasks to be completed concurrently.

Decommissioning and Demolition of multiple structures

Gilbane performed decommissioning and demolition (D&D) of multiple structures, systems, slabs and below grade structural features, as well as removal of radioactive and/or hazardous materials (above and below grade) and remediation of underlying soils.

Notification of State of New Mexico, and Secondary Utility Disconnect Verification and Air Gapping was also performed by Gilbane. Readiness Review with a Gilbane-supplied Management Self-Assessment was successfully completed, as well as support closeout of pre- and post-start findings. D&D of TA-21-209 included all the roof, exterior walls, and interior columns; however, the end result/condition required the basement floor and the basement walls up to 3-feet below grade to remain in-place.

Radiological scoping surveys were performed and developed into characterization surveys which were used to decontaminate internal surfaces. Final surveys were performed and reviewed by DOE (who self-regulates similar to NRC) allowing clean demolition and recycle of the building structure. Abatement of HazMat (PCB transformers, asbestos, etc.) was also performed prior to demolition. Gilbane acquired and closed out New Mexico permits for Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).

Gilbane performed a final status survey in accordance with the MARSSIM requirements. The results of this survey were documented in a Final Survey Report and approved by LANL prior to demolition.

Gilbane Building Company and Onondaga County Win National Award for Lakeview Amphitheater Project

Competition spotlights the pinnacle of project achievement across the U.S.

Engineering News-Record (ENR) has announced the winners of their national “Best of the Best Projects 2016” awards and Gilbane Building Company and Onondaga County was awarded the “Best of the Best Government/Public Building Project” for the Lakeview Amphitheater.

Last August, Gilbane Building Company and Onondaga County were awarded the “ENR New York’s Best Projects 2016” for best Government/Public Project and for Excellence in Safety. From there, the Lakeview Amphitheater project was elevated to the national competition for evaluation. According to ENR, a brand new set of judges from across the country and from all walks of the industry examined each project in an effort to distinguish the best from the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality.

County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, “The Lakeview Amphitheater has been a tremendous success. Over 200,000 people came to the amphitheater this past season to enjoy this world class facility on the shore of Onondaga Lake. Gilbane did an amazing job while meeting an aggressive timetable. Onondaga County is grateful for their partnership and honored to share this award with them.”
Bill Gilbane III said, “We’re so proud to share this honor with the county as it reflects the collaboration that occurred throughout the project’s duration. This award is recognition of the county’s leadership in maximizing public funds, promoting diversity and engaging with their community to deliver this innovative project to Onondaga County.”

Gilbane Building Company has been providing construction services in New York since 1949 and employs more than 350 construction professionals across offices in New York City, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Albany. Recently listed by Crain’s New York as the 2016 largest growing construction company, Gilbane’s New York division is led by senior vice president and managing director, Bill Gilbane III.

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Waste Management Material Recovery Facility

The design and construction of the building allows for the incorporation of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced sorting equipment on the market today.

Value Engineering maintained project budget

Gilbane provided design build services for the 71,240 square feet Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Constructed on property owned and operated by WM Recycle America adjacent to the existing landfill in Surprise, Arizona, this MRF allows for a full truck tractor tipper directly into the enclosed tipping area. The design and construction of the building allows for the incorporation of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced sorting equipment on the market today.

The administrative facility contains office and conference space as well as locker rooms, a break area for workers, and a large education center. This educational center has video feeds from key areas of the material sorting area, tipping areas, and bailing area to allow a full understanding of the function of an MRF. There are also displays and computer kiosks for a full interactive experience. There are specific provisions within the education center to facilitate understanding by school-age children and the parking and driveways are specifically designed to accommodate school buses.

The project’s budget was managed and maintained through numerous constructability reviews and value engineering sessions with the owner, architect and Gilbane.

The eight-month fast-track project was integrated with the equipment design and delivery to allow simultaneous completion of the MRF building and equipment installation.

This project achieved LEED-NC Silver Certification.

Eric Banks Joins Gilbane Building Company as part of Gilbane Environmental

Seasoned industry veteran brings more than 30 years of experience to support clients globally for Gilbane Environmental

Providence, RI – January 18, 2016 – Gilbane Building Company welcomes Eric Banks as Vice eric banksPresident of Gilbane Environmental and Ordinance Services.  He brings over 30 years of experience in the management and marketing of engineering operations and construction services across several industries including environmental, oil and gas, mining, and energy.

Mr. Banks brings a range of perspectives on environmental programs through his many years in leadership working in various market sectors.  Prior to joining Gilbane, he served as Environmental Director for ECC, and Senior Program Manager for Jacobs Engineering.  He has managed over $1B of programs and projects for the Department of Defense, including NAVFAC CLEAN, USACE TERC, and AFCEC RACs, Uranium Mine remediation for Department of Energy, and radiological remediation for private industry.

“We are very excited to have Eric join the Gilbane Environmental and Ordinance team”, says Matt Tierney, Senior Vice President, Gilbane Building Company, “his past work experience fits perfectly with our current backlog of work and future growth plans for this Business Unit.”

Mr. Banks holds a Master of Science degree in Geotechnical/Geological Engineering from University of Nevada, Reno as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Environmental Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.  He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, as well as the National Society of Professional Engineers.

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Blue Ledge Mine Superfund Site Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS)

Gilbane performs the remedial investigation of an abandoned mine under the CERCLA.

Gilbane is conducting the remedial investigation at the Blue Ledge Mine Superfund Site.  Investigation activities began with planning, procurement, and coordination of site characterization, technology testing, and risk assessment activities.  Gilbane collected water, soil and biota samples, acquired analytical services and monitoring systems, installed, operated and maintained water and air monitoring systems, and evaluated and compiled the analytical and monitoring data into a project database to facilitate these activities.  The data was used to select potential chemical and bio remedial technologies that were tested at the bench and on-site pilot-scale to screen remedial technologies and assess risks and hazards presented by the abandoned mine and remnant wastes.

Cooper Drum Company Remedial Action Oversight

Gilbane provides oversight to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for all contractor related activities at the Cooper Drum Company Superfund Site.

Gilbane has conducted site investigations and a feasibility study to address contamination in soil and groundwater at the site prior to initiation of cleanup activities by the potentially responsible parties (PRPs).  For EPA, Gilbane provided technical oversight of the PRP’s construction, implementation and operation of a dual-phase soil gas/groundwater treatment plant, including collection of confirmatory split-samples.  Gilbane currently conducts technical oversight and evaluation of the PRP’s efforts to remediate the groundwater contaminant plume, and conduct treatment plant system diagnostic testing and performance monitoring.

Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill Superfund Site

Gilbane currently provides oversight to U.S. EPA for all contractor related activities at the Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill.

Gilbane provides technical oversight for the construction, implementation and operation of the groundwater treatment plant, landfill gas destruction flare and landfill maintenance.  In an oversight capacity for the EPA, Gilbane conducts inspections of site activities and reviews technical documents generated by contractors working on behalf of the facility’s potential responsible party (PRP).  Oversight also includes technical evaluation of the remediation of the groundwater contaminant plume, treatment plant system diagnostic testing and performance monitoring.

Environmental Engineering & Remediation Services for NAVFAC SouthWest Div. at Hunters Point Shipyard, CA

Gilbane plays a significant role in supporting NAVFAC in environmental task orders.

At Hunters Point Shipyard, a former Navy base in San Francisco, CA, Gilbane has completed multiple environmental projects involving data gap investigations, planning, remediation, and reporting for multiple contaminants of concern to transfer the property for public use. Gilbane managed soil, groundwater and sediment contamination that included volatile organics, TPH, metals, PCB and radiological contaminants.  Gilbane also managed transportation and disposal of over 350,000 tons of contaminated waste to offsite landfills.  Gilbane received commendations from the Navy and Hunters Point Community for our outstanding community outreach work.

Gilbane conducted Remedial Action activities under CERCLA, RCRA, UST, and other programs including Work Plans, Site Safety & Health Plans (SSHPs), Removal Action Completion Reports (RACRs) and other project documents that underwent Navy, regulatory agency and local city/county reviews. We interfaced with regulators, Navy officials and public stakeholders to address concerns for environmental impacts. Some task orders required the transfer of contaminated land under rigorous scrutiny. Gilbane played a significant role in supporting the Navy’s outreach during these task orders, developing press releases, quarterly reports, and fact sheets summarizing critical activities.