The University of Chicago Medicine Center for Care and Discovery 3rd and 4th Floor Patient Room Build-out

This complex 204,000 SF renovation project converted vacant space into patient floors with a total of 203 new beds. The 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.

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The project team collaborated with UCM during a series of Kaizen events that resulted in design features to optimize flow and maximize efficiency and eliminate waste to improve patient care and safety for patients and staff. The design enhanced patient visibility and also created standardized support spaces and decentralized supply storage, which maximized support for Lean operations in addition to locating equipment and supplies for a more convenient point of use and enhancing patient comfort.

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.

South Street Landing, Multiple Projects

Interdisciplinary Document Coordination increases the quality of the design and construction while reducing potential change orders due to coordination issues leading to direct savings to the project.

historical preservation and targeting LEED certification

Gilbane is providing preconstruction and construction management at-risk services for the construction of the core and shell and garage of the South Street Landing building in downtown Providence, formerly known as Dynamo House, originally constructed in 1918. Additionally, Gilbane is serving as construction manager for various projects within the former South Street Power Station, including a fit-out for the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College Nursing Education Center and a tenant improvement project for Brown University.

The 131,000 SF, state-of-the-art Nursing Education Center will be located on the first, second, and areas of the third floor within the building, while academic and office space for Brown University, totaling 135,000 SF, will be housed on the third floor and fourth floors. The project has included lead remediation as well as steel and masonry modifications and repairs and the installation of new exterior windows and roofing. Two vertical stories have also been added to the existing structure as well as all new MEP systems throughout the facility.    Additionally, a 753-space parking garage totaling 241,000 SF will be constructed on land leased from NGRID adjacent to South Street Landing along Eddy Street.

The project team has worked to preserve historic features of the original power station including the large, 50-ton gantry crane and the Dynamo concrete pedestal. The project is being designed to meet LEED sustainability standards.

Clients are CV Properties, LLC and Brown University.

Architects are Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Spagnolo/Gisness Associates and Gensler.

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.


Cleveland Clinic Roseann Park Family Tower

Extensive prefabrication leads to cost and schedule benefits

The Cleveland Clinic Roseann Park Family Tower project included an expansion of the existing Cleveland Clinic Avon Family Health Center and Emergency Department. The project consisted of an inpatient hospital, site enhancements, and various renovations. The nearly 12 acres of site improvements included new surface parking, grading, and utility improvements, all of which required procedures to address on-site wetlands.

The 212,000 SF addition included 126 inpatient beds; surgical department featuring six operating rooms, four procedure rooms, and 31 pre/post recovery bays; two negative pressure private isolation rooms; 20 private rapid observation units; 10 private step down patient rooms with private bathrooms; radiology department; inpatient pharmacy; laboratory; and bistro that offers grab-and-go items and made to order hot and cold entrées.

The addition also included a command center, which will serve as space for hospital teams to respond to various types of disasters.

Properties Magazine featured Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital in the February 2017 issue.

The University of Chicago Medicine Center for Care and Discovery

State-of-the-art Hospital for Present and Future Generations

Looking to make a significant impact within the surrounding community, the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) set out on a journey of discovery. At the heart of this journey was the need to provide present and future generations with a hospital that is continually at the forefront of advanced healthcare, providing the community with access to the very best doctors.

The Rafael Viñoly signature design complements the University’s existing state-of-the-art campus and meets the increasing demand for medical, surgical, intensive care, interventional radiology and GI services. Towering 14 stories high, covering 1.2 million SF, the new facility includes 28 operating rooms, 176 medical/surgical and ICU beds, 128 recovery rooms, interventional radiology, procedure rooms, staff training facilities, main kitchen, ancillary departments, clinical offices, support office, sterile processing, pharmacy and public areas.

The seventh floor Sky Lobby houses the center’s main reception desk, several public and private areas including meeting/conference rooms, hotel offices to accommodate traveling/part-time physicians, suites for on-call doctors, family waiting areas, a dining room, gift shop and a chapel. It also features floor-to-ceiling glass walls providing stunning unobstructed views of Chicago’s skyline, Lake Michigan and The University of Chicago’s Campus.

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Gilbane’s highly collaborative delivery approach leads the way for the Kendall Square state-of-the-art life sciences complex in Cambridge, MA.

Intense Co-Location Collaboration Sets a New Standard

This large scale high-tech laboratory project in two buildings is seeking LEED Silver certification and will also include a below-grade parking structure. Executed through a highly collaborative delivery approach, the project is utilizing a 100 percent virtual design and construction platform. Furthermore, Gilbane has lead the co-location process which includes the complete design team, along with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire sprinkler, structural steel, and exterior skin trade contractors. During peak project demand, 15-20 individuals leverage daily work planning and real time model-based collaboration to enhance the project delivery.

A vital component of the BIM services includes underground and temporary construction coordination. Situated on a tight, urban site, the project location poses unique challenges. With contaminated soil conditions, a high water table, as well as buried storage tanks and abandoned foundations, mass excavation was a project in itself. Realizing that the vast majority of design information was only available in 2D format, Gilbane began with modeling all underground systems, temporary construction, dewatering wells, construction clearance and safety zones, and even the tower crane foundation and swing radius. As a result, this process has allowed the entire team to make smart and timely decisions to maintain the project budget.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Gilbane and partners deliver a World-Class Military Healthcare Facility through an Integrated Design Bid Build (IDBB) Successive Target Process

Spanning over 1.2 million square feet in 8 buildings, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the Department of Defense network. It is referred to as the “New Model for Modern Military Healthcare.” State-of-the-art equipment combined with innovative patient care initiatives offer both patients and staff a world-class environment located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

 Building Summary

  • 4 Outpatient Clinics (500,000 Gross Square Feet (GSF))
  • New Hospital (700,000 GSF)
  • 2 Parking Garages (1,400 Cars)
  • Central Utilities Plant (33,000 GSF)

The facility was designed integrating the principles of Evidence Based Design into the basic architecture and engineering systems of the building. The team deployed significant use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a coordination tool that helped achieve intense QA/QC requirements. Primary areas included:

  • Trade contractor coordination for mechanical and electrical
  • Field conflict resolution
  • Change coordination during construction
  • Site utilities/underground features coordination

Achieving Energy Efficiency for Long-Term Savings

Design elements that contribute to a projected savings of over $449,000 per year based on its 27.6% energy consumption reduction include:

  • Lighting Design
  • Automatic Control System
  • Rainscreen System
  • High Efficiency VSD Chillers

Henry J Carter Specialty Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility

Integrated Project Delivery Approach Achieves Success for Accelerated Schedule Requirements

Gilbane provided construction management services for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation’s (HHC) “Road Ahead” program that delivered a renovated 201-bed Long Term Acute Care Hospital, a new 164-bed, six- story Skilled Nursing Facility and de-commissioning services of the existing Goldwater facility. Gilbane managed the removal, transportation, and delivery of all furniture, and fixed medical equipment, as well as patient and staff moves from Roosevelt Island to the new Harlem location.

After EDC /HHC expressed the need to accelerate the completion timeline by one year, the project shifted from a traditional approach to the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach. Using IPD and the principles of Lean Construction, the integrated team focused on aligning project scope, budget, construction and move management schedules and expectations to maximize efficiency and minimize waste.

Project strategies included:

  • Collaboration and co-location of team for BIM and 3D modeling
  • 3D modeling for trade coordination
  • Use of models for procurement and fabrication
  • Pull planning strategies and weekly meetings
  • Transparent communications
  • Laser surveys to determine precise existing conditions
  • Web-based procurement through i.Bidpro
  • Project controls via Gilbane’s i.Build system
  • BIM 360 systems and tablets used by field team for “real time” response to site conditions and RFIs.

Shifting the approach to IPD allowed the project team to successfully turn a 36 month construction schedule into 18 months and deliver a successful complex project over to our client.

Kerry Global Technology and Innovation Centre

Gilbane provides integrated services on design-build project in Ireland

The new four-story addition for Kerry’s Global Technology and Innovation Centre was constructed under a design-build and encompasses open and enclosed plant areas at roof level. There are four blocks (A-D), all directly linked, internally and externally within a single building. Scope of work comprised of a mixture of offices, meeting rooms, customer areas, office and staff facility accommodation, delivery point and general service yard, research and development, and technology areas and storage facilities. The facility accommodates approximately 895 employees. The project is targeting LEED Silver certification.

Lean Construction Methods Reduce Time and Support Safety Results

Lean construction methods were utilized to maximize efficiency and reduce waste during the project. For example, pipework and valves were prefabricated off-site on the riser module frame and was fully tested by the fabricator and inspected by Gilbane and the mechanical/electrical designer. The piping was then insulated, labeled and fitted with permanent lights and permanent steel grating at each floor level at an off-site facility. The module was shrink-wrapped for delivery to the site. It was delivered, erected safely and fixed to the structure, all within four hours.

Other Lean means and methods include modular construction, building information modeling, and target cost modeling.  The Gilbane team tagged, captured, prepared, and migrated the asset/maintenance information developed during the construction process to Kerry’s facility management system (Datastream). This data import captured more than 280,000 gsf of space and over 1500 maintainable assets to develop future preventive maintenance schedules.

Schreiber Foods Home Office and Global Technology Center

Gilbane’s Use of Mock-Ups Ensured High Quality Results

Gilbane provided integrated construction management services for the Schreiber Foods Home Office and Global Technology Center in Green Bay Wisconsin. The facility serves as Schreiber Foods’ corporate headquarters and consists of office space; kitchen, servery, and multiple test kitchens; laboratories; data center; and pilot plant for evaluation of new dairy processes.

Numerous pre-installation meetings and detailed mock-ups helped ensure the pilot plant equipment, material, and details incorporate industry and Schreiber standards. The exterior enclosure includes a mixture of a Biesanz-stone cladding system, metal panels, curtainwall and precast wall panels. An extensive mock-up was constructed to finalize details at material transitions to ensure water tightness before proceeding with construction of the building skin.

Gilbane worked with the executive and operational departments to create a detailed move plan for the consolidation and building decommission of Schreiber’s six previous locations into the new facility. The project team utilized BIM technology to coordinate the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems throughout the new building. To prepare Schreiber’s facility management team for building operations, a COBie system was utilized to collect data on maintainable assets.

I’m happy to say that the Gilbane Team is the best CM team that I have ever worked with. The qualities that stand out to me are great customer focus, unwavering commitment to safety, aggressive pursuit of value, very organized, and an accountability mind-set.

Bob Nielsen, Team Leader – Engineering, Schreiber Foods