Office Renovation for Confidential Client at 500 West Madison

Complex renovation projects in the 500 West Madison building in the heart of downtown Chicago

Gilbane Building Company provided general contracting services for a confidential client for their Chicago office at 500 W Madison. Gilbane completed the original buildout for the client in 2015 and was brought back in 2017 to reconfigure the entire floor for a new subtenant. Once the demising project was completed for the client, their tenant hired Gilbane to complete the renovation of their new 17,000 SF space in order to fit their needs.

Scope of work for the confidential client consisted of interior demolition, drywall partitions with security fencing above ceilings, existing acoustical ceilings and flooring rework, new door assemblies with security access, existing MEPFP system reconfiguration based on revised layout and building landlord requirements, as well as above ceiling LV conduit/junction boxes per the client’s security requirements. The tenant’s project required minor demolition to expand the existing employee breakroom and new walls to create a large conference room.  The remaining scope required rework and patching of existing walls, ceilings, flooring and MEPFP systems.

Since the project included renovation of an occupied existing space, one unique challenge was the need to match all new finishes in the tenant’s space to the existing materials including cloud/acoustical ceiling, carpet and tile. The vinyl plank flooring in the existing space was discontinued after the original project was completed in 2015. Gilbane’s project manager was able to source the material from a warehouse on the east coast to ensure a seamless and cohesive final product. The team also made sure that all technology systems in both areas were installed so there was complete separation between the two company’s systems to ensure data integrity.

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.

Clean, Inspect, Repair Tanks | Kunsan, Suwon, and K-16 Air Bases

Gilbane identified deficiencies and recommended additional repairs in the tank inspection reports.

Gilbane cleaned, inspected and repaired 13 storage tanks at three US Air Bases in Korea: Kunsan, Suwon, and K-16. The various-sized tanks included cut-and-cover, aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), and underground storage tanks.

The tank inspections, which were executed per API 653 and API 650 standards, identified numerous mechanical repairs and necessary upgrades needed to return each tank to compliance. Gilbane also performed tank tightness testing.

Overall mechanical repairs and necessary upgrades included repairs to patch plates, valves, piping, and containment; lead-based paint (LBP) abatement; stilling well installation; seal welding and pitting repairs; and vacuum vent and manual gauge hatch repairs. Gilbane inspected all welds via magnetic particle or dye penetrant testing. Gilbane also resealed/recoated deteriorated metal components including vents, access hatches, piping, electrical components, pits and tank interiors.

After repairing each tank, Gilbane calibrated the tank and had a licensed tank inspector certify all repairs were completed per applicable codes and API standards.

Fuel Pier Cathodic Protection Inspection and Upgrade

Gilbane completes D-B repairs to base-wide cathodic protection system in Portugal.

Gilbane completed mission critical JP-8 jet fueling system repairs at an operational airfield at Lajes Field, which is located in the Azores. Lajes is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean that is subject to erratic weather, including heavy rain, sleet and winds. Because the project site was on an active runway, the team had coordination with the airfield tower. Also, all equipment and materials had to be imported by sea from the U.S. and Europe.

Design-build repairs to the base-wide cathodic protection (CP) system included new rectifiers, CP test stations, and new anodes on underground fuel pipelines. While validating the conceptual design, many existing CP system components were discovered to be non-functional or non-reliable. Also, the CP system at the South Pier Tank Farm needed repair. Gilbane performed these repairs and evaluated mechanical deficiencies and identified required repairs at the tank farm and pier.

Gilbane excavated and constructed an underground, cast-in-place concrete vault east of the existing south tank farm entry guard house to contain the flange joints on the underground fuel lines and enable future inspections. Gilbane also wired cabling to the flange joints on the fuel lines to provide better monitoring of CP performance. The team performed design-build replacement of a fuels receipt piping system manifold for unloading fuel tankers; inspected welding and pipe coatings; and performed start-up and testing.

Various Fuel Offloading and Hydrant Facilities Repairs

Gilbane made multi-site repairs and met both budget and schedule requirements.

Gilbane coordinated this  design-build project to repair various fuels loading and offloading facilities throughout Nellis AFB, Tolicha Peak, and Tonopah, Nevada.  A challenge during task order execution was meeting the differing security requirements across multiple locations.

At Nellis, Gilbane designed and replaced an existing diesel truck loading system, installed new E-stop station at facility exit, and performed associated repairs. This project required replacement of the loading arm, valves, piping, monitoring and overfill protection. Repairs at four other Nevada facilities included demolishing a concrete island and installing dispenser pans; installing isolation pads at 163 locations; constructing a canopy with lightning protection over a ground fuels equipment pad; and removing and replacing bollards, plus repairing the damaged column of an existing canopy.

Post Hurricane Ivan Construction Repairs at Hurlburt Airfield

Emergency response construction team responds for critical airfield repairs after Hurricane Ivan.

Gilbane’s federal team  mobilized quickly to Hurlburt Field to provide emergency repairs to damaged airfield caused by Hurricane Ivan.  The team replaced the runway approach lighting and associated power supply system; replaced lighting fixtures and utility poles throughout the Base; replaced and installed rolling gates at the POL area, helicopter pad area, weapons storage area, the fire station and at Frazier Street; and replaced lighting in various buildings.

Hurlburt Field is an active airport; therefore, installation of new lighting fixtures on the flight line needed careful coordination with flight line managers to minimize interruption of flight operations. Gilbane performed the work, which involved installing 24 light fixtures—each weighing 80 lbs—on two 54-foot-high standards, using a tall crane under the terms of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) construction permit, without disrupting flight operations. Gilbane also re-wired the entire airfield, including installation of new circuits, using scheduled interruptions in flight operations during weekends.

Hot Point Facility Upgrades at Camp Humphreys

Mission critical upgrades expedite helicopter refueling for the U.S. military in South Korea.

Prior to Gilbane’s mission critical upgrades, Camp Humphrey’s helicopter refueling operations had to be shut-down for up to six hours while new fuel was sampled and tested during fuels receiving and aboveground storage tank (AST) refilling operations. Gilbane’s $500K of upgrades remedied the situation, making it so helicopters can refuel at the same time the ASTs are being filled.

The fuels phase of the project required removal and salvaging of residual fuel from the ASTs and hot pad pits, replacing two existing fuel lines with a single line connecting the tanks to the filter house, cathodic protection, and installing overfill protection. Gilbane noted the design called for the tanks’ crossover line to be removed and only one pump installed. Gilbane devised a client-approved design improvement to keep the crossover piping and install valves that would allow gravity-fed fuel leveling and transfer.

Project civil work included removing asphalt paving and soil; rerouting traffic to accommodate the excavation; temporarily relocating security fences; re-placing excavated soil; compaction testing; and repaving the original paved footprint.

Affiliated Engineers, Inc. Tenant Fit-Out

Complex Tenant Fit-out in Busy Downtown Chicago High-rise

Project Summary

Gilbane’s Interiors group provided general contracting services for AEI’s fast-track interior tenant improvement. This high end space includes new open and private offices and conference rooms for AEI’s downtown office. The space also features open collaborative spaces with floating cloud ceilings; glass corridor and perforated metal panels; and state-of-the-art voice, data and audio visual systems.

This complex renovation proved to be a challenge with regard to logistics. The project was completed in an occupied high rise tower. All work was coordinated around existing tenant schedules so as not to impact ongoing building and tenant operations. Existing electrical walker ducts also posed a challenge for the project team. Extensive floor leveling was required to ensure the floor and electrical walker ducts were lined up with the glass panels. The project team was continually focused on quality to ensure this high end space was successfully delivered.

California Department of Correction Facilities Management Services

Gilbane Provides Facilities Management Services for Multiple Projects  Enhancing CDRC’s Asset Inventory and Quality Preventative Maintenance Programs

Gilbane’s Facilities Management Services currently has three projects with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation totaling a sales volume of over $3 million dollars. Implementing eTOP and FC7 CMMS software support services throughout many different locations in California to enhance their operational and maintenance processes at their prison and medical facilities.  In addition, CDCR also has requirements to enhance the management of owned and leased real estate assets, and their administrative space.  The implementation of the new IBM/TRIRIGA IWMS system will supports all of these requirements.

Facility Management Services for Various Projects:

Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Chino, CA – a 45-bed non-acute care medical facility. Working closely with the Departmental Construction and Maintenance Supervisor, the original construction contract was amended to include a line item for eTOP and FC7 CMMS software support services.  The Gilbane FM Services consulting team provided the following services on this project:

  • Acquisition, setup, and barcode training of the FC7 CMMS system
  • Barcode tagging, data collection, and digital images of installed maintainable and ADA assets
  • Loading of the data and digital images into CDCR’s existing FC7 CMMS
  • Association of electronic documents to new asset records into FC7 CMMS
  • Development of Preventive Maintenance Tasks, Schedules, Parts for the new facility and assets.
  • Evaluation, updating, and training of their existing FC7 CMMS
  • Documentation of the data changes and additions to FC7 CMMS
  • 6-months FC7 support to maintain standards

Correctional Men’s Facility (CFM) in Vallejo, CA – a 60-bed non-acute care facility. This project will be an exact duplicate of the CDCR-CIW project, already occupied by prisoners and consultants who are escorted through the facility to perform their barcode tagging and data collection work.

Correction Hospital Facility in Stockton, CA – FMS implemented and supported the new IBM/TRIRIGA web-based hosted CMMS system implemented with an enhanced Asset inventory and quality PM program as part of the construction turnover to capture of all the new facility and asset data. This implementation is the first CDCR location to implement this new CMMS system.  The Gilbane FMS Team also working closely with the Clark/McCarthy construction team to extract data from their design models.  This implementation is the first CDCR location to implement this new CMMS system.