Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane Building Company Awarded Multiple School Projects in South Florida

Gilbane to begin renovations and modernization efforts including STEM LAB renovations, HVAC and electrical upgrades, bringing current facilities up to date.  

Jupiter, Florida – May 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, the number one contractor for K-12 education in the country (Building Design & Construction 2016), was awarded preconstruction and construction services on multiple projects for local school districts in South Florida. Broward County Public Schools awarded Gilbane both the Northeast High School and Stranahan High School projects.  The School District of Palm Beach County also awarded Gilbane Construction Management at-Risk services for continuing contracts under $2 million, as well as the renovations at Spanish River High School.

As one of Florida’s premier educational facilities builders, Gilbane brings vast and in-depth experience in the K-12 marketplace. Gilbane will work with the districts throughout the various construction phases to maintain active campuses with minimal or no disruption.

Northeast High, located in Oakland Park, was built in 1963 with various expansions and renovations completed over the entire life of the facility. The improvement project will bring the currently occupied facilities up to date with building codes and standards and to meet the trends in education. The 280,786-square-foot campus currently encompasses 29 buildings and 3 portables. Gilbane will begin with the single point of entry upgrades with the balance of renovations to include:

  • Enhanced safety/security upgrades
  • Improvements to the Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm System
  • STEM LAB improvements
  • HVAC and electrical upgrades
  • Roof and loggia replacements

Similarly, Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale was built back in 1951 with various expansions and renovations completed over the entire life of the facility. This major renovation project will bring the facilities up to date with building codes and standards and to meet the trends in education.

Renovations Include:

  • STEM lab improvements
  • Roof and loggia replacements
  • HVAC improvement
  • Safety/security upgrade
  • Electrical Improvements
  • Replace Fire Alarm System
  • Media Center Improvements

With The School District of Palm Beach County’s (SDPBC) long-term mission to upgrade educational facilities underway, they have begun the process of awarding contracts for modernizations and upgrades. Gilbane was awarded the (CSIR) Modifications for Spanish River High School to address the Comprehensive Safety Inspection Report. The project scope consists of interior plumbing and electrical upgrades including the installation of a new ISIMET system at several locations, to installation of new doors and painting. As part of Gilbane’s commitment to local workforce, they have engaged MWBE sub-contractors to ensure the District’s goal of 15 percent African American participation is met. The school district has also awarded Gilbane Construction Management at-Risk services for Continuing Contracts on projects not to exceed $2 million. Gilbane will provide preconstruction and construction activities.

“Gilbane has been successfully serving the local community for many years,” said Ted Cava area manager for Gilbane Building Company. “Our team is committed to working to make sure that every detail of these projects meet the expectations and level of quality expected by the School Districts.”

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.comhttp://www.gilbaneco.com/build-with-us/news-room/press-kit/

Gilbane Building Company Receives Excellence in Construction Eagle Awards for Two Florida Projects

Venice High School Rebuild and Fort Myers Fire Station No. 1 both earned Top Eagle Awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors Gulf Coast Chapter. 

Tampa, FL – May 9, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company announced that two of its projects in the West Coast of Florida earned top Eagle Awards in the 2016 Excellence in Construction (EIC) ABC Gulf Coast Chapter. The winning projects eagle awards floridashowcase a multiphase K-12 facility and a new community fire station. Gilbane was construction manager on both the Venice High School Rebuild and Fort Myers Fire Station No. 1 projects.

Representatives from the company received the awards at Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala event held in Sarasota, Florida.

The Venice High School Rebuild project included new construction as well as renovations to an existing occupied and active 1950’s era campus. Construction took place in three major phases with 22 intermediate phases. The scope for the high school project consisted of 12 buildings including site work, renovations, additions, landscaping and hardscaping. Challenges included intense coordination of trades to keep existing underground utility lines free from damage and maintain campus operations during construction.

The new Fire Station, Administration and Headquarters facility, built for the City of Fort Myers Fire Department is in a central location within the downtown core and surrounding areas within a half mile service radius that ensures the station’s rapid response time. This building houses a fire station, operations area, crew quarters, fleet fueling, meeting and training rooms, and centralizes Fire Administration and Fire Prevention departments.

“Being honored with these awards means so much to our teams who worked so hard on the projects,” said Tim Hensey, vice president. “It shows the dedication to quality and safety that Gilbane brings to our clients throughout the construction process.”

Gilbane has a strong commitment and specific business strategies to provide ample opportunities to the local subcontractors and trades based on merit.

The Excellence in Construction Awards is the industry’s premier competition that recognizes innovative and exemplary merit shop construction projects, world-class safety and diversity programs.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com. http://www.gilbaneco.com/build-with-us/news-room/press-kit/

NCDOL Commissioner Cherie Berry Speaks at Fall Protection Week Event Hosted by Gilbane Building Company, Barnhill Contracting Company and Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Fall protection training and PPE inspections were provided for free to industry trades

L-R: Paul Sullivan Gilbane VP, NCDOL Commissioner Cherie Berry, and Paul Pierron, senior project engineer.

Raleigh, NC – May 2017 – As part of the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, Gilbane Building Company, Barnhill Contracting Company and Clancy & Theys Construction Company teamed together to partner with the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) and OSHA to provide free fall protection training and fall protection gear inspections to local industry trades.

The event, held on the 9th of May in downtown Raleigh, kicked off with NCDOL Commissioner Cherie Berry who gave a welcome speech that stressed the importance of safety in construction, specifically regarding a focus on fall protection.

“This was a perfect opportunity for local construction firms to team together with NCDOL in an effort to make fall protection safety personal, important and relevant to our trade partners,” said Gilbane senior project engineer Paul Pierron.

More than 400 construction workers representing local trade contractors attended the event to receive training which was provided throughout the day. The NCDOL Labor One Mobile Training Unit was on site along with NCDOL training staff and fall protection equipment vendors to provide hands-on training, education, fall demonstrations and inspections of fall protection equipment. Lunch was provided for all participants and safety items were raffled off throughout the day.

“The significance of this joint effort in addition to the great learning sessions, and safety address from Commissioner Berry is the demonstration that safety is a wide open book!” said Drew Gaskins, regional director of safety for Gilbane. “There are no secrets when it comes to our work force learning construction safety best practices and requirements that if followed, will allow all workers to go home unharmed to their loved ones on a daily basis!  Our group, Gilbane, Barnhill, Clancy & Theys, along with the NCDOL is committed to joining forces again next year!” Tyler Kelley, Gilbane superintendent added, “Safety takes no holidays, so it’s important to hold events like this to show that, globally, our firms care about the individuals who put so much of the work on a project in place,” states.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. The Gilbane Cares philosophy is built on the belief that everyone — employees, clients, partners, and the public — deserves a safe, healthy and secure work environment. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com

Gilbane’s “People First” Lean Approach Results in Significant Process Improvements

Gilbane leans into the future with its Lean Practitioner program

Providence, RI – May 10, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a national leader in Lean construction and innovation, is taking its Lean journey to the next level. Built on a People First mentality, Gilbane launched an intensive Lean Practitioner training program, which supports individual staff members in learning Lean principles and techniques in their relentless quest to provide added value to clients. The program is a learn-while-doing effort, where improvement results are required in order to advance to the next level, culminating in the completion of a business process improvement project.

Gilbane realizes that employees are driven to help our teams and clients succeed and need to learn and apply Lean concepts on the job.  Gilbane’s Lean Practitioner program is unique in its approach of empowering employees using the Lean concept of pull. When employees pull for knowledge, they are paired with coaches at their point and time of need in a small group setting with colleagues from different geographies, backgrounds and roles. The ultimate goal of this approach is to learn and immediately apply their new capabilities and breakthrough thinking.

 “Lean cannot be totally successful when applied in isolation or in a limited way.  It is for that reason that we began the Lean Practitioner journey over 18 months ago. Supporting all of our employees with Lean coaching in doing what they do, can not only enhance their daily work experience, but deliver more value to our customers thereby supporting our core value of Dedication to Excellence.” – Michael E. McKelvy, Gilbane Building Company President & CEO

 Of the almost 3,000 full-time employees at Gilbane Building Company, over 200 are currently engaged in their Lean journey. Project Engineer Christina DeCarlo, the first employee to complete the program, shared a few words about her experience: “Throughout my coaching, I learned visual management techniques and new methods to find and solve root problems. I applied these techniques to my own project team to promote teamwork and innovation. This resulted in an improvement in our process by reducing overall turnaround time. I can see myself using these tools on any job no matter what my role is in the future.”

 Beyond employee development, the greatest benefit of this program has been the number of process improvements implemented. Ranging from back of the house initiatives such as reducing processing time for invoices, to improving certainty in quality assurance for the building exterior wall, to more effectively preparing customer deliverables such as closeout and turnover packages, Gilbane’s Lean Practitioner program is transforming how the company approaches problem identification and problem solving. For more information about Gilbane’s three-dimensional approach to Lean transformation, visit our Lean website page. http://www.gilbaneco.com/one-family/our-lean-transformation/

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane launches National Healthcare Construction Alliance to address ever-changing needs of the fast-paced healthcare market

Gilbane’s healthcare approach will tackle unique market challenges and provide innovative industry solutions

Providence, RI – May 9, 2017 – Aging baby boomers that continue to drive growth in healthcare services coupled with increased consumerism, a sharpened focus on cost reduction strategies, and uncertainty over the future of our healthcare system are all contributing factors to steady gains in varying facility types for healthcare construction. Identifying a critical need for raising the bar when it comes to innovative healthcare project delivery, Gilbane Building Company has launched a National Healthcare Construction Alliance to address the unique challenges of this growing market.

Led by Gilbane’s Healthcare Center of Excellence (COE) leader Brian Garbecki, the National Healthcare Construction Alliance is comprised of 20 of Gilbane’s most seasoned healthcare professionals including project executives, estimators, field staff and transition planning and management experts from across the nation, several of whom have worked in healthcare organizations. These healthcare leaders are part of Gilbane’s national Healthcare COE, which centralizes healthcare construction best practices and continually shares knowledge on current trends, sustainable design practices, construction solutions, equipment, technology, operational issues, cost and schedule reduction, speed to market, and vendors, specific to the unique requirements of the healthcare market. The Healthcare Construction Alliance is taking Gilbane’s time-honored tradition of COEs to the next level by leveraging these internal best practices and lessons learned for the advantage of our clients and the industry as a whole.

“Change is coming fast in today’s healthcare construction market, and we believe that being a leader in leveraging best practices through a dedicated focus of our healthcare experts is critical to driving a transparent and client-focused healthcare practice that brings value to our clients.”
– Brian Garbecki, PE, Director of Healthcare

Gilbane’s Healthcare Construction Alliance will collaborate and communicate on an ongoing basis to share best practices, cutting-edge trends and first-hand experiences for the benefit of clients nationwide. This group will work with our clients to maintain a focus on identifying and implementing leading-edge healthcare developments, and also share the philosophy of client advocacy–from Lean project delivery to innovative cost modeling methods to sophisticated technology solutions. Stay tuned for unique content and more updates from Gilbane’s Healthcare Construction Alliance.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Awarded CMAA Project Achievement Award for Mule Creek Project in California

Project wins in category of Buildings – New Construction

San Jose, California – May 9, 2017 – Leading global construction and facilities-related services firm, Gilbane Building Company has been awarded the CMAA (Construction Management Association of American – Northern California Chapter) Project Achievement Award for the Mule Creek Infill Complex Project in Ione, California. The project was the winner in the Buildings-New Construction category and will be honored at the CMAA Annual Awards Gala on Friday, May 18th in San Francisco, California.  This award recognizes excellence in Northern California projects – public works, transportation, projects in the public and private sectors.

“Gilbane, in association with our partner Kitchell, was instrumental in working with Hensel Phelps and numerous other project team members in completing this $330M project two months ahead of time to support the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) need to reduce prison overcrowding in the State”, says Chris Wilson, Senior Project Executive with Gilbane, “The dedication of our project team kept information flowing and facilitated fully informed decisions to be able to be made in real time to maintain the accelerated goals of CDCR.”

The Mule Creek Infill project included a new, stand-alone complex consisting of six housing units, healthcare, work/education buildings, visitation areas, and additional support and infrastructure components.  Additional infrastructure projects amplified the ability of the existing institution to support the new complex and included upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant, replacement of the electrical substation, and renovation of existing warehouse to provide additional storage.  The project achieved LEED Silver and Gold certification on all buildings.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Building Company opens new office in Tampa

Gilbane utilizes Lean processes across various construction contract types including construction management, general contracting, integrated project delivery, design-build and more. 

Tampa, FL – May 8, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a global leader in construction services, announced it has opened a new office in downtown Tampa, Florida. The new Tampa office will be led by Vice President Tim Hensey who heads up Gilbane’s Southwest area of Florida. This serves as the seventh office for Gilbane in Florida which joins offices in Sarasota, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Gainesville and Jupiter. The location allows the company to better serve clients and partners and deliver safe, quality projects through innovative solutions, Lean construction and proven best practices.

The new office, which is located at 100 South Ashley Drive, in the heart of downtown Tampa, will foster additional opportunity for growth markets such as higher education, healthcare, corporate office and hospitality. Among the firm’s current projects are the Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement, HCC New Allied Health Academic Building, new North Manatee High School and Admiral Farragut Academy Performing Arts Center.

“This is a key strategic initiative in growing our footprint in southwest Florida,” said Tim Hensey, vice president. “This new office space will increase our visibility in the downtown Tampa marketplace.”

Gilbane, who has a long-time presence and history of more than 45 years in Florida, continues to grow, serving clients on notable project such as the JW Marriott Marco Island Resort, Orlando Health System, Baptist Health South Proton Therapy Facility – the first of its kind in South Florida, The Norton Museum of Art and Florida Gulf Coast University Student Health and Fitness Center.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Building Company Breaks Ground on Gainesville Fire Station No. 1

The new station will serve as Gainesville Fire and Rescue’s administrative headquarters

Gainesville, Florida – May 2017 – Local city officials, Gainesville Fire and Rescue and the community joined Gilbane Building Company to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Gainesville Fire Station No. 1.

Gilbane will serve as the Construction Manager at-Risk for the new landmark building which will be built directly across the street from the original station built back in 1962. The new 24,000-square-foot fire station provides 3 large drive-thru apparatus bays and 2 small vehicle bays with polished concrete floors. The first level serves as the main operating area and, in addition to the apparatus bays, includes bunker gear storage, training areas, a spacious commercially-equipped kitchen and dining area, briefing room and other operations and infrastructure support spaces. The second level consists primarily of sleeping quarters, storage rooms, lieutenant offices and quarters, laundry room, and physical agility space.

“Gilbane is excited to move forward with the construction phase of the new Fire Station 1,” said Joe Frisco, operations manager for Gilbane. “It has taken a real collaborative effort by the entire team to get to this point and now be in a position to make this project a reality. We are happy for the City, Gainesville Fire and Rescue and all of the residents that will be better served by this state-of-the-art facility.”

The project, designed by Bentley Architects + Engineers, Inc., is anticipated to be completed in approximately 9 months, and is targeting LEED® Silver certification.

Gilbane provided construction management services for the recently completed Fire Station, Administration, and Headquarters facility for the City of Fort Myers Fire Department, which included Fire Station No. 1, operations area, crew quarters, fleet fueling, meeting, training, and Fire Administration and Fire Prevention spaces.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Building Company and 60 National and Global Partners Join to Celebrate Industry Safety Week

Safety Week 2017 | It’s in our hands

Providence, RI –May 1, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company has joined forces with a consortium of 60 national and global construction firms to celebrate Safety Week from May 1-5, 2017.  Safety Week is sponsored by members of The Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) and the Incident & Injury Free Executive Forum (IIF). Additional support comes from the Alliance Partners, many of which are non-profit associations.

The theme for Safety Week 2017 is “It’s in Our Hands” – signifying the personal stake each worker has in safety. The theme also puts a focus on hand safety – particularly relevant considering hand injuries are second only to back strains as a cause for missed work days, according to government agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

“Last year, 90% of Gilbane’s projects realized zero recordable injuries and 96% of our projects had zero lost time injuries, impressive statistics in our industry. In 2016, we implemented Mandatory Non-Negotiables on all our projects and continue to execute vigilant safety inspections at our job sites around the globe,” said Rebecca Severson, Corporate Director of Safety at Gilbane. “Safety Week reminds us that we all have similar reasons to work safe and return home safe.  Through relentless application of best practices, visible leadership, and employee engagement, and active caring, Gilbane continues to be a safety leader in the construction industry and strives to ensure all of its operations are incident free.”

Gilbane’s philosophy of caring has resulted in recognition as one of the industry’s safest builders, including receiving the prestigious first place 2016 Construction Safety Excellence Award from the Associated General Contractors. This award honored Gilbane’s safety culture and performance, innovative safety techniques, management commitment and employee engagement. Throughout Safety Week 2017, Gilbane will be engaging employees around the Globe in enhanced safety training, education and awareness activities.   View Gilbane Building Company’s Safety Week 2017 video featuring  Rebecca Severson, Corporate Director of Safety  https://www.youtube.com/embed/AUdG70WNhTo?rel=0

About Safety Week
Safety Week is dedicated to raising the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week.  Safety Week is sponsored by members of The Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) and the Incident & Injury Free Executive Forum (IIF). Additional support comes from the Alliance Partners, many of which are non-profit associations. For more information, visit www.constructionsafetyweek.com

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. In 2016, Gilbane received the prestigious first place Construction Safety Excellence Award from the Associated General Contractors. Gilbane has also been awarded the Construction Users Roundtable CISE Safety Award four times between 2006 and 2015 and was recognized with the 2015 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Safety Excellence Award for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to safety. For more information, visit  http://www.gilbaneco.com/build-with-us/overview/safety-gilbane-cares/

Gilbane partners with Rebuilding Together to refurbish homes across the country

Providence, RI – April 28, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company was recently awarded the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in the Community Award for their partnership with Rebuilding Together. AGC in the Community is an initiative of AGC Charities Inc., designed to showcase the community service projects of AGC of America’s chapters and members. The awards recognize chapter and member service projects that epitomize the essence of charitable giving, through actual hands-on service and donations to charitable organizations.

Photo by: Associated General Contractors of America

In the last two decades, Gilbane has partnered with Rebuilding Together to refurbish homes and charitable organization offices in communities across the country. In 2016 with more than 85 volunteers, Gilbane employees and their family members, clients and subcontractors from projects countrywide were able to work together to change the communities where we live, work, and play. Gilbane teams in Rhode Island, New York, Houston, Boston, Durham, Chicago and more, donated thousands of dollars in construction materials and countless hours of preparation and volunteering.

Gilbane’s one family, one company culture is what underpinned these projects and made them successful. Commitment to family is embedded in Gilbane’s culture and it is not something that is left at the office or on jobsites, but a philosophy that is carried with Gilbane employees in their lives outside of Gilbane.

April is National Rebuilding Month and Gilbane volunteers are participating across the country. On Saturday, April 29, Gilbane will work with Rebuilding Together for National Rebuilding Day from Boston to Durham to Chicago to help rebuild homes in the communities where we live and work.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Learn more and get involved at rebuildingtogether.org.