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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Gilbane Building Company Receives ENR TX&LA Best Renovation Project Award

Gilbane Receives Award for the Moody Gardens Aquarium Project in Galveston, Texas

Houston, Texas – November 7, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company was recently honored by ENR Texas & Louisiana with the Best Renovation/Restoration Project award for the Moody Gardens Aquarium project located in Galveston, Texas. The award ceremony took place in Houston on October 18, 2017.

Gilbane is no stranger to unique, challenging projects and the Aquarium renovation project at Moody Gardens fit the bill.  Not only did the aquarium need to remain open to accommodate tourists, it also had to remain accessible 24-7 to operations staff for animal care. The project was completed over 2 years and included 9 phases. The $37 million renovation was the first renovation of the building since they opened in 1999 and this project added new life into this already impressive facility. The addition of new exhibits, new flooring, lighting, as well as improvements to the life support systems complimented the facility while providing improved function. The renovations were complete in April of 2017, two months ahead of schedule.

“Gilbane is honored to have a long, successful relationship with a client like Moody Gardens.  You do not always get the opportunity to renovate a building that your company built over 20 years ago.  To leverage our in-house resources and work with a team of people that are like a family, is a priceless opportunity that I am proud some of our younger employees got to experience,” stated Angela Cotie, Project Executive for Gilbane.

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 more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit

MASS MoCA Becomes the Country’s Largest Contemporary Art Museum with 2017 Expansion Led by Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane Completes MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) Expansion

Boston, MA – October 10, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a global leader in construction and facilities-related services, joined museum leadership, artists and patrons recently to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 2017 expansion adds 120,000 square feet of new gallery space, bringing the museum’s total exhibition area to 250,000 square feet across its 16-acre campus.

The 100 three-story post-and-beam structure features ample natural light from the hundreds of windows lining the perimeter of the building.   As part of the renovation, more than 350 tons of structural steel was incorporated into the 100 year old building.  Additionally, nearly 5,000 original bricks were removed, cleaned, and re-used, as was over 60,000 square feet of maple flooring. A new dramatic two-story mullioned window at the western prow of the building, facing west to the Berkshire and Taconic Mountains, showcases the dramatic confluence of the north and south branches of The Hoosic River.  An historic window well (that was in-filled by former tenants) was restored during this renovation, its roof replaced with a skylight measuring 20-feet wide by 140-feet long.

Cambridge, Massachusetts based Bruner/Cott Architects designed new, multi-level gallery spaces that allow for long cross-gallery views while balancing the industrial beauty of the Robert W. Wilson Building’s original interior including its many steel pillars, acres of wood flooring, and exposed brick walls with 21st-century structural requirements.

“The local knowledge of the Gilbane team, their in-depth museum experience, and excellent collaboration with Bruner/Cott Architects resulted in a beautiful revitalization of the building – they really brought our vision to life,” said Larry Smallwood, MASS MoCA Deputy Director and COO.

The expansion doubles the current gallery footprint and adding new art fabrication workshops, performing artists’ support facilities, and music festival amenities.  The centerpiece of the building is a series of changing exhibitions and long-term installations and collaborations with artists Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, and James Turrell, the Louise Bourgeois Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the estate of Gunnar Schonbeck.

Gilbane Building Company has a long history of building some of the Nation’s most prestigious cultural and public spaces including National Air and Space Museum, Vietnam World War II Memorial, and Corning Museum of Glass. In the last 10 years, Gilbane has completed nearly 30 museum projects totaling more than $1 billion and over 4 million square feet.  Learn more about the MASS MoCA project

About MASS MoCA 

MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest (and largest) centers for making and enjoying today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on its 19th-century factory campus during fabrication and rehearsal residencies, making MASS MoCA among the most productive sites in the country for the creation and presentation of new art. More platform than box, MASS MoCA strives to bring to its audiences art experiences that are fresh, engaging, and transformative.

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, close-out 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.

Gilbane has been a leading Boston construction firm since 1946, serving commercial, institutional, and public clients in the Commonwealth including Wentworth Institute of Technology, Genzyme, Fidelity Investments, City of Boston-Boston Public Schools and Bank of America. For more information, visit

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) Building 6, Robert W. Wilson Building

The latest expansion results in MASS MoCA being the largest contemporary art museum in the United States.

Restoring an occupied Historic cultural facility

Gilbane provided construction management at-risk services for the third phase of a comprehensive master plan for the mixed use redevelopment of a National List of Historic Places factory mill complex. The 13 acres of grounds in North Adams, Massachusetts, encompasses a vast complex of 19th century factory buildings and occupy nearly one-third of the city’s downtown business district.  MASS MoCA is ranked among the most visited institutions in the U.S. dedicated to new art and with the latest expansion it is the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S.

The scope of Phase III included the build out of 135,000 SF of interior space, ultimately doubling the space currently available, for museum galleries, performing arts facilities, public circulation and workshop and meeting facilities. Working adjacent to occupied galleries and collection storage areas, noise and dust control were of the utmost importance throughout the project. The team successfully avoided potential impacts to the operational facility through the isolation of construction areas and use of ample ventilation.

The project scope also required lighting and climate control flexibility and coverage throughout the space. New HVAC and lighting systems were specially designed for the exhibit spaces allowing for individual area controls and ability to increase or decrease lighting and temperatures, as needed for current and future exhibits.

Gilbane developed an on-site plan to ensure the safety of all museum visitors, staff, and the facility’s collections throughout construction. Work areas were isolated from the operational areas of the building and shutdowns were carefully coordinated with the owner. As available space for on-site deliveries was limited to a shared courtyard, the team communicated regularly with the owner through weekly meetings to coordinate and update team members on daily delivery schedules. Through the team’s collaborative efforts, the project remained on track without impacting daily operational activities.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Cultural Phase III, Building 6 was nominated for Gilbane’s 2016 Iver Johnson Builder of the Year award. The Iver Johnson Builders of the Year award is Gilbane’s highest honor for excellence in project management and is awarded annually to a team with on-site responsibility for a Gilbane project completed during the previous calendar year.

For more on Building 6’s architecture see the MASS MoCA link,

Fire Station No. 1, Fort Myers

In order to maintain the most efficiency and maximize roles, the team worked together from day one and through the GMP, working through the value analysis and allowances.

New state of the art Fire station targets LEED silver certification

Gilbane provided construction management services for the new Fire Station, Administration, and Headquarters facility for the City of Fort Myers Fire Department which includes Fire Station No. 1, Operations Area, Crew Quarters, Fleet Fueling, Meeting, Training, Fire Administration, and Fire Prevention spaces. The new fire station will contain five apparatus bays for equipment.

The new 4-story, state-of-the-art station offers a variety of new features including, wireless access on every floor, a library for the firefighters and emergency personnel that allows for quiet space and an area to study. There is a weight room and a ‘Day Room’ that offers 10 leather recliners and large flat-screen tv for the firefighters to use on down time. The station is now outfitted with two poles for the firefighters to use when responding to an emergency and is equipped with enhanced padding to protect from injuries. Additional features include fire hose and equipment storage, high volume water plumbing, living quarters, kitchen and dining area, laundry room with heavy duty laundry equipment for washing gear, station offices, weight room and training spaces.

Gilbane was very involved in the preconstruction process examining structural systems, high performance building objectives, cost, scheduling options and possible site construction alternatives which helped to accelerate the construction start date. The project’s fast-track construction schedule enabled the project to be completed in 15 months. The new facility is targeting LEED Silver certification.

The Mayor of Fort Myers and other dignitaries of the City of Fort Myers celebrated the grand opening of their new Fire Station One with the uncoupling of a ceremonial fire hose instead of the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.

Dodge Data and Analytics Showcase the impact of collaboration on minimizing construction risk

A recent report by Dodge Data and Analytics researches how a collaborative approach can successfully mitigate risk, construction overspending, project schedule overruns and underperformance. The study shows the prevalence of risk in the construction industry and highlights important collaborative tools that can assist project stakeholders in addressing these risk factors. Gilbane’s Kings Theater project is featured on pages 30-31 of the report. The case study details the techniques and processes that Gilbane implemented to mitigate the many risks associated with the iconic heritage project. Gilbane was able to envisage success through Lean practices and risk management to ensure that the Kings Theatre restoration met all its funding deadlines, was completed on time for their first scheduled event, within budget, and without a single contractor-initiated change order. Click here to read the Dodge Data and Analytics report.