Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Modernization

Originally designed by the legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library will undergo a $160 million modernization and expansion.

World class library revitalization for the 21st century

Gilbane, in a joint venture with Smoot Construction, was selected as the construction manager at-risk for the landmark modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The new design concept, developed by signature design team Martinez + Johnson and Mecanoo, consists of a fifth floor addition to the existing building that will feature a two-floor performance and exhibition space spanning the fourth and fifth floors. The lower level will contain new creative spaces for fabrication, music and art. An extensive green roof space above the fifth floor will enhance the sustainability of the building, as well as open up space for the community to enjoy greenery away from the urban site of downtown DC.

In addition to the new spaces, restoration of the historic façade and replacement of the exterior glazing system will rejuvenate the beauty of Mies’ original design. The interior transformation will include integration of two new monumental stairs, total gut and reprogrammed build-out of the entire building, inclusive of new building cores, and construction of a new indoor and outdoor cafe. The new, modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will reopen in 2020.

Gilbane Building Company Awarded New Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA Project

New Community Center YMCA coming to Reynoldsburg in 2019

Columbus, OH – December 5, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company has been selected by the city of Reynoldsburg to provide construction management at-risk services for the new Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA.

The 56,000 SF, two-story facility will be built on 10 acres and will include administrative offices, community rooms, fitness center, gymnasium and indoor and outdoor aquatic center. This Community Center YMCA is a true partnership between the City of Reynoldsburg and the YMCA of Central Ohio and will provide the Reynoldsburg community with the resources it needs to grow and flourish.

“The new Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA is a great complement to our portfolio of recreation facilities and sporting venues in Ohio” said Brett Meyer, Vice President at Gilbane Building Company.  “Even more importantly, Gilbane has created a culture of caring, integrity, dedication to excellence and community involvement, and the YMCA’s culture aligns extremely well with ours. We look forward to building upon these values and continuing to develop our relationship with their team.”

According to Bill Sampson, City of Reynoldsburg Service Director, “Gilbane’s experience, relationships and personal commitments impressed the interview team, consisting of city administrators, council members and representatives from the YMCA. The team was confident Gilbane would provide the best quality product and experience for the community.”

The city of Reynoldsburg, YMCA and project team celebrated the official groundbreaking on September 28th. The project is set to open in late 2019.

About Gilbane Building Company
Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has 48 office locations around the world. For more information, visit Gilbane has been providing construction management services in Ohio since 1959.

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