- Mar 26, 2019
Strengthening the communities around us, not only through infrastructure, but through meaningful partnerships is something Gilbane prioritizes at each and every one of our project sites, including sites in the United Kingdom, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Guam, Honduras, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Since 2003, we have actively partnered with host countries to deliver complex projects in unique overseas environments, many of which are performed in remote, austere, and sometimes hostile environments. Consistently over-delivering on our international projects, we understand that, as on all projects, the people make the project. By engaging local labor pools, supporting personnel training and development, recruiting individuals for permanent positions, and assigning these staff to future projects, Gilbane drives a continuous exchange of information, improving our capabilities as well as the capabilities of our diverse workforce.
We mobilize international experts to our project sites to provide training to our workforce, which is comprised of expatriates, local nationals, and other country nationals. By investing in training on our overseas projects we not only ensure quality on our projects, we contribute to the training of construction professionals worldwide. Many local national personnel are then brought into the Gilbane family as permanent hires who mobilize to subsequent projects across the globe. By leveraging the knowledge and capabilities of individuals of various backgrounds, we are able to select the best team for the job in order to simultaneously secure needed technical and managerial expertise while adapting to various cultural environments.
An excellent example of Gilbane’s global success is the King Khalid Air Base modernization program, a highly complex $160M design-build project requiring 400,000 sf of new construction and existing facility renovations in support of the F-15 Fleet Modernization Program for the Royal Saudi Air Force. This logistically challenging project was performed on an active, secure military facility in a remote location with multiple facilities being constructed simultaneously using a diverse workforce of up to 1,200 people speaking 15 different languages. Gilbane achieved early facility turnover, exceptional client satisfaction, and 4.7 million hours of work without a lost time incident!
As Gilbane’s global portfolio continues to grow so too does our global impact. Whether it’s repairing an orphanage in Okinawa or organizing blood drives in the Middle East, we are dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life in all the communities we call home, through active involvement in charitable, educational, and local organizations. Whether sharing our resources or professional expertise, we encourage and support every single team member to care and get involved with the ultimate goal of stronger communities, because at Gilbane, we’re building more than buildings, we’re building a better world.
Further details on our commitment to partnering with local communities can be found here.