Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., Manufacturing and Bottling Facility

Gilbane delivers state-of-the-art facility with future expansion capabilities.

Gilbane provided design-build services to Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. for a greenfield manufacturing/bottling facility that produces beverage products.  The project site encompassed raw material receiving and storage, beverage processing and packaging systems, blow molding operations, utilities systems, offices, employee amenities, a maintenance area, a security entrance, truck parking and an on-site waste water treatment facility.


Ocean Spray Cranberries operates under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). These guidelines are set in place to ensure the manufacturing and production of food/beverage products are of high quality and do not pose any risk to the consumer as these requirements include maintaining a clean and hygienic manufacturing area. In order to meet these requirements, resinous flooring was specified and installed in 11 areas. Resinous flooring is a high quality floor that withstands both the caustic and acidic environments in addition to the continuous wear and tear of forklift and pallet traffic. The resinous flooring was installed prior to any equipment being set in the areas and was protected to prevent any construction damage. There are few hard corners in the facility in order to eliminate debris or residual water build up when the equipment is washed. All equipment is raised off the floor and has sloped edges to ensure efficient cleaning.

Future expansion capabilities of the building and infrastructure will allow for an eventual total of five bottling lines on this site.

Gilbane partnered with TranSystems as the A/E designer and Javlyn as the process engineer.

Waste Management Recycling Center

Design-build team delivers new recycling center for Waste Management in Canada.

Gilbane, along with our design partner, Stantec, provided full design and preconstruction services on the design-build project which consisted of the renovation of an existing manufacturing building. Having designed and built nearly 400 waste processing facilities in North America, our team was able to deliver an unmatched combination of industry knowledge and previous collaborative project delivery experience.

The project included the demolition of approximately half of the high bay area of the existing building. This space was replaced with a new two-story pre-engineered structure which comprises approximately 60,000-square-feet. Renovations to the existing building also included: new loading docks, reconstruction of existing parking areas and the construction of new access driveways for haul trucks. This project includes the construction of a new single story control office and weigh station.

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.