UCAN City Campus

Gilbane partnered with UCAN to provide construction management services for the 54,500 SF Diermeier Therapeutic Youth Home (Phase I); and new 31,200 SF John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Center Program Services and Headquarters Building (Phase II) located on a seven-acre urban site.

The three-story Diermeier Therapeutic Youth Home includes 70 rooms organized into dormitories for youth that have experienced severe violence, trauma, neglect and abuse. Each dormitory features single-occupancy bedrooms, a living room, restrooms and study areas, all connected to resident staff offices. The building includes a central dining room, full-service commercial kitchen, multipurpose gymnasium and fitness room. Social worker and therapist offices are also located throughout the facility, with group rooms that focus on art, computer science, group counseling and education.

The 1,500 SF full-service institutional kitchen includes all the equipment and facilities necessary to properly receive and store food and prepare meals by UCAN’s full-time kitchen staff. Meals are served to the residents in the 1,200 SF communal dining area via a 300 SF servery, which includes coolers, warmers and plate and utensil storage. A walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer and kitchen manager’s office are also included to support the food service operations.

The new two-story Nichols Center building includes administrative, violence prevention program and training space. It also provides UCAN with space to host large numbers of staff and/or external partners in one room for events such as trainings and workshops. The space is also available for community residents and organizations.

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City of Palm Coast City Hall

Gilbane brings true value through preconstruction services for the New City Hall in Palm Coast, Florida.

New City Hall in Palm Coast, Florida

Gilbane has provided  construction management services for the  new 32,000-square-foot, two-story City Hall building located in Palm Coast Central Park area.  The New City Hall  houses the offices of  the city manager, building/planning department, code enforcement, engineering, IT, customer service, human resources, financing and accounting.  Site work  included surface parking for city employees and visitors, underground utilities and landscaping.  The building structure is comprised of tilt-up concrete walls that  allow fast tracking of the schedule and structural steel framing, joists and metal deck, TPO roofing and aluminum storefront  windows and entrances.  A prominent feature of the  main entrance on the north elevation is  a large clock tower that extends 20 feet above the building’s main roof.

Exceeding Expectations Before Construction Starts

This project was initially conceived four years ago but was put on hold for nearly 3 years.  During that time the owner’s budget for the project was reduced by 30 percent.  Gilbane worked closely with the architect and owner to develop a phased construction approach to allow the owner to prioritize and get essential programming to meet their needs within the current available funds and allow them a path to complete other phases as funding became available.  Gilbane also created a bid strategy that included 15 Bid Alternates and 64 Value Engineering options to further assist the Owner in maximizing the scope to be included in the first phase of work.  Due to the political nature of the project the Owner was very interested in maximizing local subcontractor participation.  Gilbane conducted local subcontractor workshops and was able to achieve nearly 50 percent local and market area participation.

Hartford Public Safety Complex

Gilbane builds innovative new facility for Hartford’s Police, Fire, and Emergency Services.

The City of Hartford engaged Gilbane to provide construction management services for the new Public Safety Complex. The project encompassed the construction of a new four-story building and a new two-level precast parking structure. The new Complex can accommodate over 500 police, fire, and emergency services personnel and is located on a six-acre parcel that is part of an overall 26-acre redevelopment initiative in Hartford.

The initial phase of the work entailed demolition of the existing buildings and required extensive coordination due to its location in a tight urban neighborhood bordering the main Amtrak rail line serving Hartford. Seismic monitoring was necessary to ensure uninterrupted operation to these businesses.

In order for the Complex to serve as an Emergency Operations Shelter and 911 dispatch center, emergency energy systems were crucial. The facility is served with a pillar 1670 KVA uninterruptable power supply providing power until the generator engages and the 800 KW generator can support the entire facility. Additionally, a 400 KW UTC fuel cell serves as a renewable energy resource with generator load shedding ability to assist electrical grid impacts during peak demand. The fuel cell also delivers “free” cooling through the absorption chiller during normal operation.

New York State Capitol Roof Renovations

Gilbane’s construction management team achieved an accelerated construction schedule on this circa 1899 national historic landmark restoration project reducing completion timeline by 14 months by utilizing Gilbane’s schedule risk analysis process.

Multi-Phased Construction Management Project Restores Capitol to Original Grandeur

Gilbane provided construction management services for the New York State Office of General Services on this multi-phased restoration construction project of the historic NYS Capitol roof. The roof consists of an intricate network of roofing areas and systems including a large hipped slate roof with multiple granite dormers and four large granite chimneys, two smaller granite pyramid roofs as well as multiple smaller slate and built up membrane roofs with multiple dormers and penthouses built within.

Historic Restoration Highlights Include:

  • Restoration of two historic skylights and decorative art glass laylights located above the Assembly and Senate monumental stone staircases allowing natural light to shine on the staircases for the first time in over seventy years.
  • Complete renovation and reorganization of the interior spaces.
  • Relocation of the existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment.
  • The building’s existing egress paths on the fourth and fifth floors were significantly altered and updated to provide necessary accessibility and life safety upgrades.
  • The Tower Hall area of the fifth floor was renovated to house a new office suite for the Legislative Bill Drafting Commission including a suspended mezzanine level supported from a newly installed roof structure above.
  • Removal and replacement of approximately 2,500 pieces of architectural terra cotta.
  • Installation of new copper flashings at all roof transitions and gutters.
  • Extensive repair work to the existing building granite, slate repairs and the re-pointing of masonry joints.
  • Installation of new lead coated copper flashing systems at all roof transition points including hips, ridges, valleys, gutters, etc.