Cooley, LLP Office Renovations

Gilbane delivered exceptional services for multiple law office renovations.

Law offices focus their renovations towards collaboration

Gilbane was selected to provide construction services for two high-end renovations of Cooley, LLP offices, both designed by Studios Architecture. Cooley, LLP needed space to encourage collaboration amongst its employees and clients as well as storage for the growing DC area offices.

The downtown DC office, located within walking distance of the Metro Center, included a new elevator lobby with back painted glass and ornamental metal, glass office fronts, cyber café, record storage, new training facilities, demountable partitions, linear light fixtures, porcelain tiles, and fabric panels. The design features existing exposed trusses throughout. The 16-week renovation project took place while the space is partially occupied.

Currently, Cooley occupies the 11th, 15th, 16th and17th floors of the Reston, VA building and took on additional space on the 14th floor as part of the renovation. The first phase of the project enhanced the current perimeter and interior offices and support areas to accommodate the approximately 130 employees working from the Reston office. Other upgrades included a conference center as well as a common room café. Gilbane’s dedicated focus on safety proved to be crucial during this renovation as portions of the 60,000 SF space remained occupied throughout the duration of construction. Additional renovations included a full restoration of the 15th, 16th, and 17th floors to include new offices, administrative areas, work rooms and support areas, as well as terrace upgrades to the building.

Confidential Client New Conference Center

New conference center boasts high-end finishes, collaborative gathering spaces and unique decorative elements

The 5,300 SF space consists of a high-tech conference center, creative collaborative spaces, and other building tenant amenities. Unique features include concrete countertops, stunning wood doors, distinctive light fixtures as well as a custom light piece in the open area, multi-color paint scheme, partially-exposed ceilings with clouds, high-end finishes and back painted glass throughout the space.

Technology is a centerpiece of the newly upgraded conference center. Meeting rooms include state-of-the-art technology and custom A/V built into the walls. Conference room wood doors are power operated and tied into the existing fire system. The meeting rooms have floor boxes built in to support wireless connectivity. One of the main rooms also has a power-generated partition wall to enable the room to be split into two separate rooms. The space also includes TVs throughout for ease of projecting and sharing information with tenants and visitors.

One of the coolest aspects of this office renovation is the collaborative spaces provided to building tenants and conference center visitors. Along the windows, high tables are available for work spaces and impromptu meetings, giving it a coffee shop/bistro feel. Felt-covered huddle spaces are also available in the conference center. The felt in these alcoves doubles as a place to hang items as well as a sound barrier for additional privacy. The common break area promotes collaboration and facilitates connectivity among the building tenants. The space includes foosball and ping pong tables for casual gatherings and also includes a fully upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances available for tenants.

Confidential Client Downtown High-Rise Restacking

New consolidated office space boasts high-end finishes, creative work spaces and unique artwork

Located in the One Prudential Plaza building, the 22,000 SF project consisted of creative collaborative spaces, high-end finishes and custom artwork for a confidential client. Unique features included custom, solid ash wood slat ceilings with concealed mounting hardware for the west wall, elevator vestibule and main reception corridor. Vertical boards line up with custom ceiling slats to create a railroad look. A custom skyline of back-painted glass was created for the east wall of the elevator vestibule as well as multiple offices and open work spaces.

A hexagon-shaped fabric wrapped around the acoustical panels was installed in multiple offices and huddle spaces to provide sound attenuation and add a splash of color to the space. Offices were also designed with All Steel Beyond Wall glass fronts, which provide more natural light in collaborative spaces and connect offices to the open floor plan.

One of the coolest aspects of this office renovation was the custom artwork designed for the space. A local graffiti artist was commissioned to paint custom spray-painted murals in the main reception corridor and employee break room. The employee breakroom also has a custom white ping pong table, wood crate exposed ceiling, granite waterfall legs for the island, just to name a few unique features.

675 N. Highland Avenue Mixed-Use Development

The luxury mixed-use building will offer 125 high-end residential units and more than 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

Located in the urban neighborhood of Poncey-Highland, the new development brings luxury residential Apartments and retail space

The new urban development offers 125 units of high-end residential apartments comprising of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans and town home options. The mixed-use project includes 14,000 square feet of on-site, street-level retail, 7,000 square feet of office space and a 385-space concrete parking garage. Apartments are appointed with high-end finishes, such as 10’ to 11.5’ ceilings, quartz countertops in kitchens and baths, stainless steel appliances, and spacious balconies for every unit.

Amenities include a modern, heated outdoor pool with a lounging deck, fountain, bocce court, grill area, expansive club house and fitness center. The sustainable design features include Green Development Initiatives with energy-efficient windows, additional insulation, HVAC with internet-enabled thermostats and LED lighting and EV charging stations in the garage.

The high-profile project is located on N. Highland Avenue, a half block from Ponce de Leon Avenue in the popular Poncey-Highland neighborhood.

Stateline Commercial Center Renovations

Gilbane completely retrofitted the exterior façade updating and creating a fresh new appearance.

interior and exterior renovations transform an old casino

Gilbane provided lump sum general contractor services for the renovation of the Old Bill’s Casino in Stateline NV, next to South Lake Tahoe.  The work included a “white shell” of the existing building incorporating various landlord improvements, exterior landscape and hardscape improvements, and included renovations of the 68,460 square-feet building on the basement level, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors with a completely retrofitted exterior façade.

The building and site were located at a highly sensitive Lake Tahoe Boulevard that houses casinos. The project involved transforming the once Barney’s Casino into a commercial space for eleven different tenants looking to conduct business in the mixed use commercial facility.  Tenants included but were not limited to Pilates Studio Lake Tahoe, Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger, CVS Pharmacy, Tahoe Tattoo and more.

“I wouldn’t recommend changing anything.  I have been very impressed with the Gilbane staff and Management.”
-Chuck Matetich – Principal of ArchideA (Project Architect)

118 Fulton Street

Adding to Gilbane’s collection of residential projects, 118 Fulton Street offers a new luxury residential tower option for lower Manhattan.

Creating new icons in Manhattan’s skyline

Gilbane has been engaged by developer, Carmel Partners to construct a 66-story residential tower in the Financial District. Towering 762-foot, the new development consists of 483 fully finished apartment rentals, including 97 affordable units and 12 penthouse units. The project also boasts two floors of retail space and three amenity levels, including a health club, terrace, 64th floor lounge, and rooftop terrace.

Adding to the iconic structures in the Financial District, this tall, slender skyscraper is completely enveloped in curtain wall with patterned glass, creating a striking glass facade to add to lower Manhattan’s skyline. Completion is expected in the summer of 2019.

Architects are Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel | SLCE Architects.

Restoration Hardware The Gallery at The Estate in Buckhead

With a project team spread across the country—from Georgia to California to Indiana—clear and direct lines of communication were critical to the project’s on-time completion.

On-time delivery of majestic design gallery

Restoration Hardware’s (RH) flagship store in heart of Buckhead, a 70,000 SF concept store, stands six stories high, plus a basement, is located on “one of America’s best known streets,” Peachtree Rd. The Design Architect, Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects, designed it as a “contemporary” Southern estate with high-scale Venetian-style plaster featuring two acres of gardens and terraces, granite courtyards and fountains, a 50-foot reflecting pool, an outdoor fireplace, and an 8,000 SF rooftop park and conservatory with views of the Atlanta skyline. Inside you’ll find a large atrium; a grand, 6-story, and steel staircase.

With the extremely tight sight conditions and an aggressive schedule that had to meet the required grand opening date, Gilbane had a challenging project on its hands. The project’s tight schedule mandated that conflict resolution happen within a matter of hours or minutes, instead of days, therefore the team utilized live meeting technology to collaborate. The project’s wide-ranging changes created numerous utility conflicts, such as storm and sanitary lines, that ran underneath the site.

Gilbane met with the subcontractor, who hired a survey crew, to determine and verify any utility conflicts. Each time the task was complete, the owner, design team, and Gilbane held immediate online meetings or conference calls to decide a path forward. Additionally 20 RH visual artists and nearly 70 tradesmen were needed to merchandise the store. In order to meet the finish store opening date of Black Friday the team worked around-the-clock shifts three weeks prior to the store’s opening.

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Pret A Manger

Gilbane is Building Pret A Manger Locations throughout Metropolitan Areas in the U.S.

Pret A Manger, a London-based worldwide retailer offering homemade, natural food, has over 240 shops in the UK and 50 within the United States. Pret plans to continue to expand its locations throughout metropolitan areas.

Gilbane was hired by Pret a Manger to provide construction management services for its new locations throughout the country for the emerging restaurant brand. Shops consist of an interior fit-out ranging from 1,500 square feet to 3,500 square feet. Working within a tight schedule, Gilbane partners with Pret a Manger to fully understand the company’s unique needs. Gilbane adhered to high-quality standards and sharp attention to detail. The stores feature custom finishes, including millwork, stone, wood flooring, lighting, storefront and signage.

Hungry? See if there is a Pret A Manger location near you.

Flats East Bank Development

Gilbane’s Cleveland District Office is Headquartered in New Tower

Flats East Bank Development consists of a three-story, 545-car parking garage, a 22-story office building complex to house tenants including Ernst & Young, Tucker Ellis & West, CBRE, Wells Fargo, and a six-story Aloft Hotel. Gilbane’s Cleveland District office is also headquartered in the new tower.  The transit-oriented design connects the public rail system, Waterfront Line, to the complex for easy access to downtown locations and the FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns football team.

Gilbane completed extensive preconstruction services which included procurement and diversity outreach, value engineering, constructability reviews, and estimating services. Diverse and small business participation goals were exceeded.

Lean Construction Methods and Safety Planning Contribute to Team’s Success

Gilbane directed construction of the Flats East Bank Development on a tight site in an urban environment with many constraints, including adjacent facilities, limited lay-down areas, and a high volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. To manage this complexity, we developed and implemented site-specific Logistics and Traffic Control Plans. To minimize disruptions to the surrounding area, Gilbane constructed a concrete Jersey barrier with a chain link fence around the construction site, and coordinated with adjacent building managers and local authorities regarding all lane closures and changes to traffic flow.

Whenever possible, Gilbane arranged for prefabrication of project components to eliminate much of the on-site work such as welding, reduce the number of workers on site, improve quality, and enhance field safety. Prefabricated items included the unitized curtain wall panels; concrete column reinforcement; large sheet metal ductwork and pipe risers; structural stud framing walls for the hotel; and others. The unitized curtain wall was prefabricated and assembled in Columbia, South America. This required close coordination of material procurement, shipping of glass tiles from the US to Columbia, fabrication, unit assembly, shipping from port to port, trucking to the jobsite, and hoisting to the building floors for installation.

Penn State University Hetzel Union Building at University Park Campus

Gilbane Utilizes Virtual Design and Construction through Phased Renovation Project

The Hetzel Union Building at Penn State is a 107,000 SF addition and renovation construction project. The main project challenge will be building the addition on top of, adjacent to and within the existing buildings while keeping student and food service operations running smoothly. In order to maximize picks by the tower crane, Gilbane utilized virtual design and construction techniques including BIM to analyze crane placement in avoid conflicts during the steel erection process.  The project is targeting LEED certification and involves three phased projects.

Project 1: Expansion Project Highlights

  • Addition to the northeast side of the HUB
  • Enclosure and conversion of outdoor space into usable indoor space while simultaneously integrating the Bookstore visually and physically into the union.
  • An over build on the second floor adds meeting/ multipurpose space and “black box” theatre. Conversion of existing roof into a green roof with interior and outdoor seating/program space.

Project 2: Bookstore Project

  • Renovation of bookstore spaces and mezzanine expansion
  • Maintain bookstore warehouse and distribution operations functioning in the basement
  • Cafeteria addition

Project 3: Food Services and Backfill

  • Rapid summer renovations upgrade the food court
  • Renovate final areas that were vacated in project phases 1 and 2