Ohlone Community College, Measure C Bond Program

Gilbane is helping higher education institutions rebuild or grow their campuses to become examples of better ways to reduce, reuse and protect the earth’s resources, while reducing their own costs.

Infrastructure upgrades, renovation and modernization of campuses

Gilbane has been performing both Program and Construction Management services on behalf of Ohlone College as part of the Measure C bond program which involves the coordination and oversight of multiple construction projects for both Ohlone College’s Fremont and Newark campuses. Sample projects include but are not limited to a new parking structure, photovoltaics and an academic complex on the main campus which services to centralize and consolidate a number of key facilities. While the majority of our focus on the Newark campus has been infrastructure upgrades and photovoltaics.

Gilbane’s services include designer procurement; scheduling; estimating; cost control and reporting; establishment of program standards and procedures; contractor procurement; project design and construction management; constructability review; claims avoidance; DSA project certification; and overall assistance with the management and coordination of associated services contracts, some of which pertained to environmental, geotechnical, architectural, engineering, special inspection, materials testing, LEED facilitation and building commissioning.

West Valley-Mission Community College District

Gilbane has provided comprehensive construction management and as-needed program management services to the West Valley-Mission Community College District across two bond measures.

seamless delivery combined with sustainable solutions

Gilbane has provided comprehensive construction management and as-needed program management services to the West Valley-Mission Community College District across two bond measures – H, passed in November 2004, and C, passed in June 2012. These measures have funded the seamless delivery of both facility renovation/upgrades and capital new construction. The District prides itself in the lead delivery of program and construction management services and has accomplished significant projects and innovative delivery methods as a result.

Program highlights include an overall transformation and new orientation of the Santa Clara based Mission College campus with state of the art classroom, student services and administrative facilities. Demolition of the old administration building is slated as phase one of a future bond. In Saratoga, West Valley College has been enhanced by projects such as the Aquatic Center and Fox Center; the renovation and expansion of the Math and Science Building and Language Arts as well as various classroom upgrades and renovation of the Applied Arts & Sciences building.

As part of the District’s commitment to sustainability, the Gary G. Gillmor and Family Academic Center at Mission College achieved LEED Gold certification and West Valley College’s Language Arts & Social Sciences Building achieved LEED Silver certification.

Architects include Lionakis Beaumont Design Group, HMC Architects and BFGC Architects / IGI Group.

San Jose Evergreen Community College District

The District includes two distinct college campuses which collectively serve more than 22,000 students with more than 720,000 square feet of educational and support facilities.

multiple campuses all projects targeting LEED silver certification

Gilbane is providing comprehensive Program Management and Construction Management services for the San Jose Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD). The District includes two distinct college campuses which serve more than 22,000 students with more than 720,000square feet of educational and support facilities.

Gilbane’s responsibilities include the completion of San Jose City College’s masterplan and the continued expansion, renovation and repair of Evergreen Valley College which involve more than 15 projects per campus as well as several District-wide facilities-related initiatives. All capital construction projects are primarily funded by bond measure G (2004) and/or measure G (2010). All projects are targeting LEED Silver certification.

As the program/construction manager, one of our primary initial responsibilities was to ensure compliance by keeping bond finance tracking and reporting functions separate between the two bond measures. Gilbane and its partners have worked to establish industry-leading program protocols, procedures, roles and responsibilities as well as reporting tools and financial management services. In addition to providing all industry-standard program and construction management services, Gilbane has led communications and PR-related services to fully support the District with its Board of Trustees and Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee reporting requirements. Gilbane further interacts closely with the local architectural, engineering and vendor community on behalf of the District, and has established new design and contractor procurement methods intended to further enhance process transparency.

Architects include HMC Architects, The Architects and AECOM/URS Corporation.

Pima County Psychiatric Hospital & Crisis Recovery Center

Integrated facility design helps ensure security and highest standards of patient care.

Award winning New innovative mental health center

Gilbane provided Program Management services for two new psychiatric facilities for Pima County: the Behavior Health Pavilion and the Crisis Response Center. Composed of two inter-related but functionally distinct structures, the buildings are located adjacent to Banner University Medical Center to take advantage of medical and support services.

Internally, each building is organized into layered zones of patient and support spaces. The Behavioral Health Pavilion houses 96 inpatient acute-care beds, psychiatric urgent and emergent care, psychiatric court hearing rooms, and space for basic clinical studies for neurology and psychiatry.

The Crisis Response Center houses comprehensive screening, assessment, crisis stabilization treatment and triage. Organized around a shared sally port, the integrated facilities provide a secure circulation zone for staff, law enforcement, courtroom personnel, and patient transfers. The project involved related site work including parking lots, and road, drainage, and utility improvements.

Gilbane also provided select transition, planning and management (TPM) services for this project.

General Dynamics Electric Boat Program Management Services

Gilbane to provide program management services in support of facility master planning in both Quonset, Rhode Island and Groton, Connecticut


Facilities at both locations are being expanded to allow Electric Boat to construct Virginia- and Ohio-class replacement submarines. These expansion efforts are expected to span more than a decade and include land- and water-based facilities in both locations.

Gilbane is one of America’s leading builders and one of its primary duties on this assignment will be validating current planning and ensuring alignment with current and future operational business needs. Using these findings, Gilbane will work to align cost and schedule of Electric Boat’s Facility Master Plan with their business needs and financial plans. A critical element of this effort is maintaining uninterrupted, ongoing operations with cost and schedule demands. To do this, Gilbane will be challenged to identify creative project delivery and finance models.

Gilbane is partnered with Stantec, who will provide design guidance for new facilities and existing facility infrastructure assessment services and planning. InnovaNet will be delivering industrial and process engineering services and J2H partners will be available to provide financial and real estate consulting services.

Hilton Americas Hotel

Gilbane served as Program Manager on this premier hotel convention destination

Modern, high-tech features define this project

Gilbane served as Program Manager for Downtown Houston’s most impressive hotel to date, the Hilton Americas-Houston. With 1,200 guest rooms, the city’s largest ballroom, luxurious spa facilities, trend-setting restaurants, and state-of-the-art technology, this new hotel is a premier convention destination.

Amongst numerous other amenities, the high-tech hotel boasts nearly 92,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the largest ballroom in the city at 40,000 square feet, an additional 26,000-square-foot junior ballroom, 30 meeting rooms, express elevators, wireless capabilities and high-speed Internet access in every room.

Modern, high-tech features are abundant throughout this project, especially in the meeting space. Each ballroom contains “Smart Walls” with built-in presentation screens in each section, professional show power lighting and audio connections controlled by LCD panels. In addition, all meeting rooms have in-room Ethernet connections and motorized presentation screens.

The hotel is conveniently connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center by a double-decker pedestrian skybridge. The convention center and hotel will also share a 1,600-car garage which will be linked to each building via separate skybridges. Gilbane built the George R. Brown Convention Center in 1987 and its expansion in 2003.

Joliet Junior College Campus Master Plan

Campus-wide program with a focus on sustainable building for the future

In 2008, Joliet Junior College was faced with the need to expand key academic programs and existing campus facilities. The College’s goal was to develop programs that respond to changing labor market needs, providing students with modern learning resources and state-of-the-art technology and offering hands-on learning experiences that fully equip students for life beyond the classroom. Gilbane served as the program/construction manager to successfully implement this important campus master plan, while keeping the College’s overarching commitment to sustainability at the forefront. Major projects included:

  • Campus Center – $42 million | 115,000 SF | LEED Silver
  • Greenhouse and Classroom Building – $3.8 million | 11,960 SF | LEED Certified
  • Automotive Technology Facility Expansion – $4.72 million | 17,700 SF | LEED Silver
  • Facility Services Building – $7.1 million | 40,000 SF | LEED Gold
  • Natural Sciences Building – $21 million | 52,000 SF | LEED Silver
  • Health Professions Center – $43.7 million | 124,000 SF | LEED Silver

Due to the close proximity to the active campus, Gilbane worked closely with key project stakeholders to establish goals and expectations to ensure construction did not interfere with the ongoing educational environment. To effectively minimize disruption, logistics and safety were critical components of this campus-wide program. The project team was focused on the continued operation of the campus and the safety of everyone in and around the construction site. To ensure this goal became a reality, the team developed detailed site logistics plans, project phasing, security requirements, a quality program and a detailed safety plan.

Virginia Tech Signature Engineering Building Transition

Gilbane provides a smooth transition for Virginia Tech’s engineering departments

Gilbane Building Company constructed Virginia Tech’s (VT) new, four-story Signature Engineering Building. Before completion, Gilbane’s Transition Planning & Management experts were brought in to provide a Transition Planning Assessment. After TPM’s assessment was completed, Virginia Tech awarded Gilbane’s TPM with the implementation of their Activation & Occupancy Planning and Transition Plan.

The four departments occupying the building were Mechanical, Chemical, Education, and Aerospace & Ocean Engineering. The new building consisted of 35 research laboratories with the occupancy of more than 100 faculty and staff members. During the transitional planning stages, all of VT’s supporting departments provided crucial input into the transition plan and schedule. Gilbane successfully managed all relocations during a five-week period at the end of the spring semester, allowing plenty of time for faculty and staff to get settled into their new space prior to the start up of the fall semester.

H&R Block Headquarters Restack

Gilbane TPM successfully completes an extensive restack of the H&R Block Headquarters

The H&R Block Headquarters Restack project in Kansas City, Missouri included the relocation of more than 2,350 personnel during 13 move sessions. The moves were strategically scheduled during the tax industry’s off-season, creating an extremely tight timeline for completion between May and October.

Gilbane’s TPM team worked closely with H&R Block to identify and execute a new stack and block plan that condensed the square footage of 1,200 associates’ work areas in order to accommodate five contiguous floors for the occupancy and use of a call center that employed 700 personnel.

The Transition Plan involved:

  • vacating 60,000 square feet of nearby leased space;
  • the construction of three new call center training rooms; and
  • identifying, purchasing and installing call center furniture.

Gilbane was able to meet all existing and new project challenges by developing well planned and thought out strategies then successfully implementing them. Workstations were downsized and panels lowered to create a free-address and agile work environment. Throughout the transition of 14 floors, a total of 8 full floors were vacated and re-configured.  The total transition was effectively accomplished with the build out of two call center floors used as staging space.

EPA Andrew W. Breidenback Infrastructure Replacement

Gilbane manages the transition of the EPA’s ten-year, multi-phased Infrastructure Replacement Project

The Andrew W. Breidenbach (AWBERC) Infrastructure Replacement Project (IRP) involved a complex schedule of phased shutdowns to the existing building to allow for upgrades to the HVAC infrastructure while maintaining ongoing research operations. Gilbane worked closely with individual principal investigators to develop a comprehensive report that outlined the justification and implementation plan for all sustained and suspended research activity. The extensive report outlined the project’s transition plan, a multi-year funding budget, the equipment/furniture inventories and the overall transition team facilitation.

The greatest challenges on this IRP project was the consolidation of staff and lab/office space into an area that was a quarter of its size— while ensuring uninterrupted critical research activities and providing fully functional administrative offices and ancillary services. Gilbane successfully planned and coordinated the relocation of 1,060 offices, the shut down and move of 239 labs, 2 pilot plants and 12 CTRs. Gilbane also managed the packing and relocating of the library collections from the EPA’s two-story library to an off-site storage facility followed by the safe transport back and successful coordination of placement after renovations were completed.