NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Adult Emergency Department

The Gilbane team completed benchmark rooms ahead of schedule as well as a mock-up for the exterior skin of the new building for quality control purposes.

Meeting and exceeding client expectations

Gilbane provided construction management services for the renovation and expansion of the 73,000 SF existing Adult Emergency Department located on the ground floor of the Vanderbilt clinic. The new Adult Emergency Department is double the original size of the space, with dedicated treatment and specialist spaces, allowing the hospital to treat more patients and provide them with better care through a more efficient space.

As part of this project, the Energy Court was converted to a dedicated waiting room for the Adult Emergency Department (AED) and a new Rapid Medical Evaluation (RME) area consisting of five new triage bays and 26 new exam/treatment bays. The refurbishment and expansion also included a new waiting room, entrance, trauma and ambulance corridor, acute care space, staff support, and dedicated radiology and psychology areas. These are in addition to the existing 45 treatment spaces in emergency department patient care areas A, B, C and D.

The five-phase approach included:

Phase 1 – Construction of a temporary emergency department waiting and registration area as well as a triage space to enable the emergency department to continue full operation during construction of the new entrance, waiting room, triage, and RME.

Phase 2 – Full gut renovation of the existing administrative office suites on the first floor and MEP fit-out to make room for the construction of new emergency department observation rooms. This phase also included 15 fully enclosed single-occupancy patient rooms, supporting charting stations, medication area, crash cart alcove, nutrition station, bathrooms and showers.

Phase 3 – Demolition of the main entrance 5-story atrium to build a new dedicated ambulatory entrance and waiting area for the Adult Emergency Department and public hospital entrance. The construction of the enclosed MER  penthouse with all new MEP infrastructure for future phases was completed as well as all exterior work along Broadway including landscaping, façade work, and sidewalk refinishing.

Phase 4 – Construction of a new trauma room with acute care tow beds immediately adjacent to the ambulance bay. This phase also included 13 new treatment bays and charting stations along with minor re-routing of the corridor to accommodate the new trauma room and the relocation of an existing shower room.

Phase 5 – Renovation of existing Area B to create new code compliant treatment and support spaces, including 14 treatment bays and acute care treatment rooms. In addition, the temporary waiting and registration facilities adjacent to Area D were transformed into the permanent staff lounge and locker room.

Respecting the fully operational hospital throughout all stages of the project was critical to its success. While the new space was created to improve patient care, it was vital to maintain a high standard of hygiene and minimize disruption throughout the construction period. Consistent communication, critical programming and dedication to dust containment were all vital factors in ensuring a smooth project journey that allowed for the continuity of patient care.

Architects are daSILVA Architects, Davis Brody Bond and AKF Group.


Boston Red Sox Fenway Park 2017 Upgrades

The 2017 Improvements mark the seventh project in Gilbane’s successful partnership with the Boston Red Sox.

Team Meets Aggressive Schedule to Safely Complete Project in Time for Boston Red Sox Opening Day

Gilbane successfully beat winter conditions and an aggressive schedule to safely complete improvements and renovations at Fenway Park.  The renovations were completed in time for the Boston Red Sox season opening day game vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 3 – marking nearly 105 years since Fenway Park hosted its first professional baseball game on April 20, 1912.

The 2017 Improvements mark the seventh project in Gilbane’s successful partnership working at Fenway Park having completed projects in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014-17 with this year’s project being the largest at Fenway Park in six years.

The depth of both the home and visitor dugouts has been increased by moving the front rail of the dugouts forward three feet, providing better circulation, improved sight lines from bench seating areas, and additional space for storage of bats and helmets. The field wall between the dugouts has been moved forward the same three feet to align with the dugout expansion, allowing for the addition of a new row of seats in the area from home plate to each dugout, and additional rows of seating behind the camera pits on the first and third base side. A total of 124 new seats have been added. The new, relocated field wall houses new televisions and built-in antennae systems which required significant coordination among all parties involved.

Notably, four new day-of-game suites have been constructed on the State Street Pavilion level of the ballpark.  Two on the first base side adjacent to the existing “B Suites,” and two on the third base side adjacent to the existing “K Suites.” The new party suites offer great views of both the playing field and the Boston sky line and can be used as individual spaces for 12 people or combined to create single, expanded suites accommodating 24.

Additionally at right field, several rows in the back of the right field grandstand were removed this offseason to accommodate the construction of the new “Tully Tavern” bar area.  Terraces with swivel stools, tables and standing room spaces feature charging stations and 64-inch televisions.

Other projects include the right field foul pole, “Pesky Pole,” which underwent extensive structural repairs to reinforce areas that were impacted by general wear and tear over the years. A new removable field wall system has been installed in front of the bullpens, in the same location and with the same dimensions, to better accommodate non-baseball events that continue to be popular at Fenway Park.  Additionally a new video board was installed in right field, replacing the Cumberland Farms sign that previously occupied that space and requiring significant structural reinforcement.

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.

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Boston Office Relocation

Today’s office space trends are centered on nurturing employees and the spaces they work in, with a focus on incorporating innovative ways to promote strategic business initiatives.  Gilbane has completed 5 million square feet in renovations over the past five years in downtown Boston.

Interior fit-out of space within a building constructed over 50 years ago by gilbane

Gilbane provided construction management services for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s new Boston Office.  This 25,200 SF high-end, state of the art workplace, located in the heart of downtown Boston at 225 Franklin Street, 33rd floor, includes many current corporate interiors trends that are paving the way throughout design and workplace productivity.  These include:

  • Flexibility in workplace design and convertible spaces which allow collaborative interaction among employees
  • Modular furniture pieces that can be moved easily to reconfigure space
  • Collaborative workspaces where face-to-face interaction is encouraged
  • Full service kitchen for employees to cook and eat in a common area
  • Brand integration to create emotional connections with employees and visitors

In addition, Gilbane constructed the office space to have 10’ ceilings throughout with full height demountable glass office fronts and clerestory glazing on the side and back walls of all interior offices, to increase the use of natural light throughout.  Overall, the new workplace includes offices, conference rooms, collaboration areas, reception, pantry, open seating area, men’s and women’s restrooms and an IT room.

Lone Star College System – Cy-Fair College Campus

Aesthetically inspiring and environmentally sustainable educational campus

Catering to not just traditional college students, but also the adult population and the community

Gilbane served as construction manager at-risk on this 200-acre community college project. In response to changing demographics, the six building campus caters not just to traditional college students, but also to the entire adult population, their families, and the surrounding community. The Cy-Fair College campus creates an aesthetically-inspiring, environmentally sustainable, and educational campus environment by incorporating 18 acres of lakes and ponds, as well as restored natural land from the Katy Prairie.

Five academic buildings, strikingly fronted by lakes, are connected by a covered walkway. The campus is full of pedestrian paths and parking for easy access to each building and various parts of the college. Classrooms were designed to be highly flexible and can be easily reconfigured to accommodate a variety of learning activities. To foster collaborative learning and to encourage students to use the campus as a learning environment, spaces designed for informal meeting and study groups populate the campus. The college opened with an estimated 7,000 students and that number is expected to eventually double.

The technology building features an advanced technology center for computer-assisted manufacturing and a teaching studio of the future. The learning commons combines the college library and learning center with a full branch library. Other amenities include a fine arts and performing arts facility; a student center with a community conference center, student fitness center, dance studio, and food court; and sports facilities such as a soccer field, a softball field, tennis courts, and a covered basketball pavilion.

Houston Community College System, Northeast College Academic Center

This project had an tremendous impact on the community

This building was the first of many planned for the brand new inner-city college campus

The Academic Center is a four-story building that consists of offices, chemistry and cosmetology labs, a Barnes and Noble bookstore and numerous classrooms. The building features a state-of-the-art communications systems and its South elevation is adorned by a contemporary sun shade system.

Utilizing both parts of the existing Northline Mall and parking lot for this campus, the project made a tremendous impact on the community. On the first day of class, they were already at full capacity.

This building was the first of many planned for the brand new inner-city college campus. This signature building stood alone for just a short time and was soon surrounded by additional buildings as the planned campus took shape.

The building was designed to incorporate several sustainable features including natural daylighting for a primary source of lighting in many areas, and MEP systems are Energy Star rated. The building is within walking distance from a post office, a Metro transit station, and a mall. After completion, the project had enough LEED NC credits to become LEED certified. The project finished not only on time, but under budget.

Baptist Health South Florida Proton Therapy Facility

Gilbane is Nationally recognized as a leader in Proton Therapy Construction

First of its kind in critical cancer treatments offering one-stop care

Gilbane built the new proton therapy treatment facility for Baptist Health South Florida at the Miami Cancer Institute – one of only a handful of proton therapy centers in the country and the first in South Florida. The highly anticipated Proteus®PLUS three-gantry room configuration includes next generation Pencil Beam Scanning capability, which will be the only one of its kind in the region. The 72,350 SF state-of-the-art cancer center includes support spaces for treatment and research, and it is only one of a handful of proton therapy centers in the country and the first in South Florida. It also includes three rotational gantry treatment rooms, related PTEV support service spaces, clinical spaces and additional tenant improvements.

Construction of the proton therapy center began in March 2015 for Baptist Health South Florida, and included over 15,000 cubic yards of specialized radiation shielding mass concrete which required a great deal of coordination and quality control with execution.

With extensive experience in cancer center construction earned working with more than 50 percent of the nation’s top 20 cancer hospitals, Gilbane provides South Florida with the highest quality proton therapy treatment facility unequaled in the region.

“Baptist Health South Florida is dedicated to providing the best care for cancer patients, and the world-class Miami Cancer Institute will be unmatched in our region in terms of clinical excellence and advanced cancer care. It will transform cancer care in our community and across the globe,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida.

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.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Biotechnology Development Complex Phase 1

The University required a high degree of flexibility in the design of this field of dreams project to accommodate a variety of Biotechnology enterprises

The flexibility of the building provides for the rapid fit up or renovation of spaces to accommodate new users

Gilbane served as construction manager for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas’s (UTSWMC) new biotechnology building project.

UTSWMC’s “BioCenter at Southwestern Medical District” supports the technology transfer efforts of the “Office of Technology Development.” The University required a high degree of flexibility in the design of this field of dreams project to accommodate a variety of Biotechnology enterprises.

The facility provides lease space for start-up ventures to serve the spectrum of the biotechnology and biomedical device industry. The sixteen foot floor-to-floor height and integrally designed mechanical penthouse allows for the distribution of utilities above ceilings to maximize usable square footage. This design allows any available square foot to be used for either laboratory or office space.

The building’s exterior materials are in keeping with the contextual vocabulary of the existing UTSWMC campus. Sustainably designed, while not submitted for certification, the project could potentially obtain LEED® Silver status. Ample fenestration using highly efficient insulated glazing accommodates daylighting of the interior and visual connectivity of the occupants to the environment. Collaborative spaces, the large break area and vertical circulation lobby for instance, are located along the transept circulation corridor to enhance purposeful and chance meetings of researchers. The interior finishes, selected for aesthetics and durability, work with the spatial experience to promote an inspirational environment; witness this in the relation of three story reception lobby to the transept circulation corridor.

The flexibility of the building both in programmatic function and mechanical systems provides for the rapid fit up or renovation of spaces to accommodate new users. The laboratory module is conservatively established to provide anywhere from 363 square foot labs with ample bench space to as much as 35,000 square feet of contiguous laboratory space. From the structural grid to the exterior glazing the dimensional control is a reflection of the laboratory module. The wide main corridor and abundantly sized dual purpose service/occupant only elevator allows for secure equipment move-in without impairment to personnel circulation. The routing of utilities overhead rather than in a service corridor maximizes the usable square footage; which in turn reduces lease rates. The functional flexibility of the building can support both the wet and dry sciences and any given non-support square foot can be any configuration of laboratory or office and the distribution of looped utility, air and exhaust systems can be easily configured or reconfigured to accommodate the high churn rate generally experienced by a facility with this purpose.

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Richland College Science Building

The existing combined heating and cooling plant was disassembled, new equipment and piping added to create new cooling only plant

Design allows natural light into the lab classrooms

Gilbane Building Company, along with Rollins Construction, acted as Construction Manager for Richland College’s new 118,000 SF, two-story science building project. The project has the points for and is seeking Platinum status under the U.S. Green Building Council LEED NC v2.2.

The first floor contains a bookstore, coffee shop, two large conference rooms, eight science labs and two story open gallery lobby which runs the entire length of the structure. The second floor contains faculty offices, science corner, computer labs and eight science labs. There are 16 total labs and four lab prep areas in the building. The laboratories are dedicated to different disciplines (i.e. chemistry, biology, physics, organic chemistry.)

The second floor has a landscaped outdoor terrace with a “green” (living plants) wall. The roof level contains a future astronomy lab and the penthouse. The building shape is a long and slender rectangle (474’ x 120’ foot print) with the long axis running east-west. The design allows natural light into the lab classrooms. Brick with bands of cast stone and metal panels complete the exterior skin. Over the lobby and science corner there are 18 light monitors/ skylights. The light monitors use steel tubes and translucent insulated panels to permit light into the building while blocking direct sunlight from entering the building.

The Central Plant work included a 10,660 SF addition to the existing plant which created a new heating plant of 3,800 SF and a shell space of 6,860 SF for future Richland College facilities offices. The existing combined heating and cooling plant was disassembled, new equipment and piping added to create new cooling only plant. The building exterior is brick and cast stone bands matching the existing building and the campus standards. An east campus parking lot made up of 112 surface parking spaces was also constructed.