Verizon Southlake Data Center

The 187,000 square foot mission critical facility consists of a 3-story structural steel frame core and features four concrete tilt wall sections

The high-tech NOC serves as the heart and brains of the highly secure facility

Gilbane Building Company managed construction of Verizon Wireless’ new Wireless Telecommunications Network Operations & Data Center located on 25-acres in Southlake, Texas.

This facility houses Verizon Wireless’ communication control center. It is one of two operations in the country that monitors and controls the network for Verizon Wireless, the largest nationwide voice and data network. They have incorporated into their design the ability to expand this operations and data center for future growth needs.

The 187,000 square foot mission critical facility consists of a 3-story structural steel frame core and features four concrete tilt wall sections; a Mobile Switching Center (MSC), M.E.P. equipment, Network Operating Center (NOC), and a 20,000 square foot Data Center. The building’s façade consists of brick, burnished block EIFS and synthetic stone.

The tilt wall construction is anything but your conventional shopping center or small office building system that typically use concrete block walls. One of the panels weighs in at 120,000 pounds and another at an astounding 160,000 pounds. The tilt wall construction was used because it is believed to be one of the most durable and cost effective systems.

The high-tech NOC serves as the heart and brains of the highly secure facility. This area is reminiscent of a NASA control room, which is staffed seven days a week, around the clock. Every bay station, cell cite, and advanced technology piece for the company’s network in the western half of the country are monitored there by almost one hundred employees.

Makeover Adds Muscle to a Telecom Landmark

Repair Backup Generator B12000

Gilbane upgrades generators to support mission critical space launch missions.

In support of mission critical operations at Vandenberg AFB, Gilbane completed the repair of the critical system backup power for building 12000 to increase capacities and improve maintainability and reliability. Gilbane performed a survey of the current generator and its capacity to support operations at the base.

After performing the analysis, we purchased parts and systems to upgrade the generator and increase the capacity of the system to meet expanding building demands. The generator electrical output was increased to 750kW/937.5kVA at 480 Vac, 3-phase. As part of the refurbishment and repairs, Gilbane upgraded the corresponding automatic transfer system (ATS) and new motor control center in order to meet the generator’s increased capacity and operation.

Fuel Pier Cathodic Protection Inspection and Upgrade

Gilbane completes D-B repairs to base-wide cathodic protection system in Portugal.

Gilbane completed mission critical JP-8 jet fueling system repairs at an operational airfield at Lajes Field, which is located in the Azores. Lajes is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean that is subject to erratic weather, including heavy rain, sleet and winds. Because the project site was on an active runway, the team had coordination with the airfield tower. Also, all equipment and materials had to be imported by sea from the U.S. and Europe.

Design-build repairs to the base-wide cathodic protection (CP) system included new rectifiers, CP test stations, and new anodes on underground fuel pipelines. While validating the conceptual design, many existing CP system components were discovered to be non-functional or non-reliable. Also, the CP system at the South Pier Tank Farm needed repair. Gilbane performed these repairs and evaluated mechanical deficiencies and identified required repairs at the tank farm and pier.

Gilbane excavated and constructed an underground, cast-in-place concrete vault east of the existing south tank farm entry guard house to contain the flange joints on the underground fuel lines and enable future inspections. Gilbane also wired cabling to the flange joints on the fuel lines to provide better monitoring of CP performance. The team performed design-build replacement of a fuels receipt piping system manifold for unloading fuel tankers; inspected welding and pipe coatings; and performed start-up and testing.

Repair Hangar 250 Electrical Distribution System

Gilbane upgrades electrical distribution system for Air Force hanger.

Gilbane performed underground and directional drilling and excavation based on utility type and location after performing a site survey using electronic locating equipment to verify underground utility locations.

The team installed two 1,500 kilovolt ampere (kVA) transformers (and new concrete pads), 416 volt (V) control panels, installed 416 V to 208 V 150kVA transformers, and a 2,000 ampere non-segregated duct. Because cutting the power to Hangar 250 affected multiple buildings, Gilbane ensured that electrical service cut-over minimally affected Little Rock AFB and the facility’s mission. .

Repair Substation N, Bldg 536

Gilbane repairs electrical substation to support mission critical space launch missions.

Gilbane completely demolished and rebuilt the South Structure and subsequently re-energized it in less than 60 days while maintaining the North Structure at all times. In support of mission critical operations at Vandenberg AFB, Gilbane completed the removal and replacement of the existing Substation N including replacement of the subgrade concrete piles/piers and the replacement of the existing galvanized structural steel substation structures with new stainless steel structures.  The team installed 69kV Group Operated Air Break Switches, Lightning Arresters and 115kV Station Post Insulators. The existing 10 MVA transformers and existing primary circuit breakers remained in place.

Substation N is comprised of two separate structures and electrical components (North Structure and South Structure) that can operate either in parallel or independently.  They serve to support mission critical space launch missions.  As such it is of paramount importance to maintain one of the structures in a fully operational condition at all times.

Cleveland Clinic Data Center

This new two-story data center to centralize electronic records for the Cleveland Clinic was constructed on a greenfield site and designed to Joint Commission and LEED Silver certification standards.

The Tier III facility was constructed in 17 months and provides critical storage for the world-class hospital system. The modular design included 20,000 SF of white space on a 36-inch raised floor with 150 W per SF power capacity. Additional access floor is utilized for staging, demark, and CRAH unit gallery.

Collaborative preconstruction services included Interdisciplinary Document Coordination (IDC) reviews which reduced RFIs, contractor presentations for mechanical, electrical contractors as well as BMS and generator vendors to ensure equipment met Clinic standards, and BIM co-location for quick resolutions.

The client’s immediate need to accommodate technology growth forced innovative construction sequencing that would allow work to progress on schedule through the toughest of Cleveland winters. To avoid delays during preconstruction, Gilbane collaboratively worked with the design team to release early site, concrete and steel packages, allowing the building to be enclosed prior to the onset of the inclement weather. Gilbane also worked closely with the structural engineer to provide building foundations four feet below grade that allowed intricate electrical work to be installed in layers from the bottom up and under cover through the winter.

Quest Diagnostics Operations Center

Gilbane team delivered 24-hour call center to support ground and air transportation fleet for Quest’s 2,200 patient service centers in Tampa, Florida.

Project Summary

Gilbane provided construction management at risk services for the renovations for a new national operations center for Quest Diagnostics that houses the Human Resources Shared Services and contains a 24-hour call center that serves as a central hub.  The center is one of two national operations centers that utilize high-tech systems to quickly respond to customers, physicians and other healthcare providers. The exterior skin of the building was upgraded to be hurricane hardened and outfitted with an on-site generator to ensure no disruptions in the event of a storm or power outage.

Renovations entailed 48,840 square feet of commercial office space to accommodate the human resources department who employs over 45,000 employees and a 24-hour call center that serves as a central logistics operations center.  The key function of the call center coordinates and tracks round the clock transportation of blood products with over 3,000 truck drivers and 20 planes to travel from one of Quest’s 2,200 patient service centers to laboratories where they will be tested.

Quest Diagnostics is the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services and already operates in numerous locations around Florida, with services ranging from advanced genetic testing for cancer and rare disorders to routine cholesterol testing.

Confidential Telecommunications Client

Gilbane leverages its local knowledge and national expertise to manage a telecommunication client’s capital construction program with 2,000+ projects planned annually across the country.

A National Builder with Local Expertise

Gilbane is providing general construction services under a multi-year master alliance agreement with a confidential telecommunications client to manage their capital construction program comprised of projects located in selected states including California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Washington D.C.

Under this program, Gilbane provides a variety of services including:

  • Design review
  • Estimating
  • Scheduling and trade contract buyout
  • Coordination with trades and client departments
  • Payment processing
  • Change negotiation
  • Construction oversight of local trade contractors
  • Utilizing project control systems

Representative projects include expansions, renovations and retrofitting of existing facilities to meet the confidential telecommunications client’s evolving facility needs and range in size from small repair jobs to multimillion dollar expansions. There are 2,000+ projects planned annually. More than 15,000 individual facility projects have been completed to date, totaling more than $1.5 billion in constructed value over the life of the program.

Grange Mutual Insurance

Gilbane transformed the downtown Columbus headquarters with minimal disruption to Grange employees and the surrounding Brewery District community.

With a “do not disturb” business environment, the project team was faced with the major challenge of integrating the new, 10-story office building to the existing structure at each floor while limiting disruption to employees and the neighboring community. Through collaboration with Grange, multiple strategies were implemented throughout the project to successfully combat this challenge. At one point, Grange personnel continued everyday business while separated by only five feet and a temporary partition as the team replaced the entire existing curtain wall system.

The buildings mechanical system is based on a unique, pressurized, under-floor air distribution system than features a raised access floor in all new office areas and user-adjustable air diffusers throughout the space.

The headquarters features sustainable elements throughout the design. Low-E coated glass, external sun screens, and interior shades that reduce electricity consumption, as well as 15,000 SF of rooftop gardens, have contributed to energy and cost savings. In addition, Gilbane led the waste management effort diverting more than 86% of construction waste from landfills.

The transformed headquarters also contains a Tier II data center with complete, redundant, stand-by mechanical and electrical equipment.