New Arlington County Secondary School celebrates construction progress with time capsule

Gilbane Building Company has begun construction on a new public school in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood on Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, VA – October 20, 2017 – On October 19, 2017 Gilbane Building Company and Arlington Public Schools (APS) came together to celebrate the construction progress at the site of a new secondary school with a bottom of foundation ceremony. The ceremony included remarks from Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy and School Board Chair Dr. Barbara Kanninen, a project overview by John Chadwick, a performance from H-B Woodlawn Chamber Singers and a time capsule presentation. Students from the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program and the Stratford Program presented objects representative of the year 2017 to be included in the time capsule. Some of the objects included a USB file, a newspaper clipping from the date of the ceremony, a Frisbee from the H-B Woodlawn state champion Ultimate Frisbee team and even a capsule of thyme. The time capsule was then presented to the Gilbane team to place on the site of the new school facility on Wilson Boulevard that will be the new home for the H-B Woodlawn and Stratford programs. Also in attendance Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Leo A. Daly, H-B Woodlawn and Stratford program students, and members of the local community.

Gilbane is providing construction management at-risk services for the new school, which is projected to finish in time for the start of school in September 2019. The school will be approximately 180,000 square-feet and house 775 students in the H-B Woodlawn, Stratford, ESOL/HILT and Asperger’s programs. Scope of work has included the abatement and demolition of the old “Wilson Elementary School” that was located on the site, as well as construction of the new school facility with five stories above-ground and two below-ground. The project is designed by BIG and Leo A. Daly.

“Gilbane is excited to be a part of this unique building for Arlington Public Schools,” said Emre Ozcan, Gilbane Building Company Vice President. “It is a game changer for the Arlington community and we we’re proud to be able to celebrate its progress with the students who will bring life to the building once it’s complete.”

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 www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Building Company Celebrates “Topping-Off” at West Valley College Student Services Center

Saratoga, CA – October 10, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a national leader in construction management, was happy to celebrate a major milestone at the site of the West Valley College Student Services Center project in Saratoga, CA.  The steel topping off ceremony was attended by representatives from West Valley – Mission Community College District, college staff, and representatives from Gilbane and key contractors.

Gilbane is providing Construction Management and as-needed Program Management services for the construction of West Valley College’s new 36,000 SF Student Services Center building. The project involves the replacement of the existing Admissions & Records and Counseling buildings, and will consolidate student services functions under one roof. The new building will allow for replacement of two outdated permanent buildings and two portable buildings.

The two-story facility will house Counseling, Admissions & Records, Disability Education Support programs, Extended Opportunity Services and programs, Learning Services, and Health Sciences.

“The Student Services Center will be the heart of our efforts in promoting student success. We appreciate the efforts of our colleagues at Gilbane to help keep this project on track,” said Bradley Davis, President of West Valley College.

“It took just over a year and a half of hard work and determination to hit this milestone and the Gilbane team looks forward to continued success working with the District’s team, design team and contractors’”, says Kevin Eckels, Project Manager with Gilbane.

“The project team is coordinating efforts to deliver the building that serves the students & community for next 50 years”, says Shaik Sihabuddin, Sr. Project Manager with Gilbane. “Kevin and his team navigated through various challenges to get the building off ground. Kudos to the college, contractors, architects and engineers who played prominent roles in this achievement.”

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 www.gilbaneco.com.For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

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Gilbane Building Company Celebrates “Topping-Off” at West Valley College Kvamme Planetarium

(L-R) Aditya Thakur, Gilbane PM; Benjamin Mendelsohn, Chair, Physical Science, WVC; Jean Kvamme; E. Floyd Kvamme, Elizabeth Witt, Gilbane Sr. PM; Matais Pouncil, Dean, WVC; Tim Taylor, BHM Superintendent; Sue Dale, WVMCCD Facilities.

Saratoga, CA – August 17, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a national leader in construction management, was happy to celebrate a major milestone at the site of the West Valley College Kvamme Planetarium project in Saratoga, CA.  The steel topping off ceremony was attended by representatives from West Valley – Mission Community College District, college staff, Mr. and Mrs. Kvamme, for whom the planetarium is named, BHM Construction, Rackley Steel Erectors and representatives from Gilbane.

Gilbane is providing construction management services for West Valley Mission Community College District’s Kvamme Planetarium.  A major portion of the project funds have been donated by Jean and Floyd Kvamme. The project includes a 42 feet projection dome with a star projector and digital planetarium projectors, theater seating and a Roof Observatory with telescopes and live sky cams. The new environment will provide an immersive experience and the adjoining museum will contain fixed and rotating exhibits.

“Gilbane’s focus has been to exceed schedule expectations, which results in constant streamlining and a very dynamic sequencing of operations”, says Aditya Thakur, Project Manager with Gilbane, “I am very happy that everyone was able to make this event happen on such short notice. It was an amazing day for the project and a very special touch to this beautiful building. It was especially nice to see the pride and excitement expressed by Jean and Floyd Kvamme, it was truly a special day.”

“This is an exciting culmination of three years of intensive planning for this technically robust building!” Gaye Dabalos, Director of Facilities construction for the District.

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 www.gilbaneco.com.For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.