ACE Mentor students develop plan to add multi-use space to Marquette campus

aceMILWAUKEE – March 28, 2018 – For the first time ever, the Milwaukee affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) successfully completed its first year-long session. This program, which officially launched in October 2017, paired local high school students and industry mentors to design a hypothetical project on the Marquette University campus. The teams gave their final presentations on March 20th in front of friends, families, school leadership, industry leaders and Milwaukee’s Mayor Tom Barrett.

From October through March, the high school students spent one afternoon per week at either Gilbane Building Company or HGA Architects and Engineers’ offices or visiting local construction sites, learning about careers in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. To complete their year-long program, the students were charged with developing a plan for a new Business School on the Marquette University campus. The parameters for the building were that it should be a model of innovation and interdisciplinary studies for the larger campus, as well as a space where students could work and live collaboratively. The new hypothetical business school would be built on the site of the existing tennis stadium and recreation center, with a connection to the existing College of Engineering and the existing College of Nursing.

With the guidance of their mentors, students from Bay View High School, St. Anthony School’s High School campus, and Carmen School of Science & Technology’s southeastern campus developed plans for a modern, five-story educational, office and residential facility. The structure was accompanied by ample parking spaces, including an underground parking garage, and multiple green spaces including one on the rooftop.

The team presented their final development plans at the ACE awards banquet on March 20th on the Marquette campus. The students gave in-depth examples of floor plans, renderings, structural floor framing, column design, building materials and MEP services. With guidance from mentors from local firms Thornton Tomasetti, Gilbane Building Company, Grunau Company, and HGA Architects and Engineers, the students were able to design a fully functioning building with thoughtful design and insight.

“The project was ambitious, well planned with acute attention to details, and served its desired functions within the Marquette campus amazingly well. The presentations were complete in every step of the planning and development process for this building, and the students were articulate, at ease and presented to the room of some 50 attendees as well as most professionals. I am so proud of the efforts of our students and our mentors, and couldn’t be more pleased with how positive our first year has been,” said Adam Jelen, Senior Vice President of Gilbane Building Company, chairman of the ACE Mentor Greater Milwaukee board of directors.

ACE Mentor Program Milwaukee is a 501c3 organization run completely by volunteers. As a nonprofit, the program is free for all students and mentors. Jelen expressed that because the program is a start-up, there are unique opportunities for donations and sponsorships from both individuals and companies who can have a lasting community impact. Donations will go towards the upcoming year’s operational needs such as transportation, insurance costs, and scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who study architecture, construction or engineering in college. To make a tax-deductible contribution to support Milwaukee’s ACE community or to learn how you can become involved in this worthy program, visit their website.

About the ACE Mentor Program

The ACE Mentor Program of America was founded in 1994 by the principals of distinguished design and construction firms under the leadership and guiding force of Dr. Charles H. Thornton. Its mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry. ACE’s 70 affiliates in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico organize 3600 mentors to deliver a 15- session after-school program to over 9,000 students. ACE’s sponsors include many of America’s leading companies in the design and construction industry. For more information visit: www.acementor.org.

Gilbane Building Company Celebrates Major Milestone at 56 W. Huron Project

The new residential high rise is scheduled to open in November 2018

Chicago, IL – April 17, 2018 – Gilbane Building Company recently celebrated a major milestone at the 56 W. Huron Condo project in Chicago, Illinois. The topping out ceremony for this high profile residential project was attended by representatives from Kiferbaum Development Group, Gilbane and our subcontractor partners. The event took place on the project site with a beam signing ceremony to commemorate the special occasion.

Located in the heart of River North, the new 13-story condominium will contain 11 units, consisting of 10 full-floor units and one duplex unit occupying the top two floors. In addition, all 11 units will have direct elevator access. Parking will be provided on grade, within the footprint of the tower. Construction began in the fourth quarter of 2017 after an intensive preconstruction effort and will conclude in November 2018.

“Gilbane is proud of the entire project team on achieving this critical milestone with no lost-time injuries. I can’t say enough about our team and the work they’ve done to get us to this significant milestone of the project.” said Jon Bos, Gilbane Building Company Project Executive

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 46 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane has two permanent offices located in Chicago, as well as an extensive knowledge of the Chicagoland market including construction processes, area subcontractors/suppliers, local M/WBE contractors, and familiarity with Chicago jurisdictional authorities. With 40 years of success in the highly competitive Chicagoland market, Gilbane is committed to continuing the strong tradition of excellence in the Chicago construction industry.

Gilbane Building Company, The S/L/A/M Collaborative Join North Providence Olney and McGuire Schools at Ground Breaking

North Providence SchoolsTwo new elementary schools will offer flexible and collaborative spaces and large functional spaces for multi-purpose use during the school day and for after-hours community use

North Providence, RI – April 17, 2018– On Monday, April 9, 2018, Gilbane Building Company and The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. (SLAM) joined North Providence Olney and McGuire Schools, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, state, town and school officials, teachers and students for a ground breaking ceremony on the Olney School grounds. The former two schools were demolished in the summer of 2017 and will be replaced simultaneously with two new 63,500 square foot buildings to accommodate grades K-5 for each school. Completion of the two new facilities is expected for the 2019-2020 school year.

Gilbane Building Company will provide Construction Management Services and SLAM has completed the design and programming/planning for the redevelopment of the two existing sites to support the construction of the two new school buildings.

“The commitment to investing in the future of education in North Providence is evidenced in the genuine partnership with the Mayor and Town of North Providence officials, the residents of North Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Education, SLAM, and Superintendent Bridget Morisseau.  It truly is inspiring,” notes Gilbane Senior Project Executive, Bill Bryan.  “Gilbane is proud to serve the residents and students of North Providence and we believe this program will serve as the future model for the next generation of schools in Rhode Island.”

“We are pleased to partner with the North Providence school department and Gilbane in creating age appropriate, collaborative, and inclusive learning environments that support the curriculum to educate students well into the future,” says Glenn Gollenberg, AIA, SLAM Principal-in-Charge. “The new buildings will also benefit the surrounding community, offering a variety of spaces that will accommodate differing activities.”

The building’s design will provide maximum exposure to natural light and support the curriculum for the new McGuire and Olney schools. Smaller learning communities will be organized by Grade level clusters for K-1, 2-3 and 4-5 to enhance interactions amongst learners, increase a feeling of belonging and inclusion, and facilitate teamwork. Within each grade cluster a Learning Commons is provided to facilitate small group learning and interaction amongst grade levels. This new concept in early education, called Learning Commons, replaces the traditional “hallway” with educational spaces.  Outdoor spaces will serve as an extension of the educational, athletic and community programs.

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 46 office locations worldwide. Gilbane has built some of the most complex and celebrated construction projects in the State of Rhode Island, including the Interink at T.F. Green Airport, IGT headquarters (formerly GTECH) ,URI’s Ryan Center and the renovation of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

About The S/L/A/M Collaborative

The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) is a national, fully-integrated, multi-disciplinary architecture firm of 191 professionals, offering architecture, planning, interior design, landscape architecture and site planning, structural engineering and construction services that focuses on K-12 public/private education and higher education, healthcare and corporate market sectors. SLAM is located at 80 Glastonbury Boulevard, Glastonbury, CT and has additional offices in Atlanta, Syracuse and Boston. For more information on SLAM please visit www.slamcoll.com.

Gilbane Building Company Recognized with SEWUP Award for Safety at West Valley Mission College Project

Gilbane Receives Award for Safety in Construction from Statewide Educational Wrap-Up Program (SEWUP)

Santa Clara, CA –April 16, 2018 – Leading global construction and facilities-related services firm, Gilbane Building Company, was recently honored with the Statewide Educational Wrap-Up Program (SEWUP) Safety Award for overall safety performance on the West Valley Mission College Main Building Replacement Project.  This is the highest safety honor awarded by Keenan Loss Control. The new main building at Mission College took 27 months to construct. The Gilbane team worked closely with the college and district to mitigate disruption of campus life.

The award was presented to Gilbane at Board of Trustees Meeting on April 3, 2018 on the West Valley Mission Campus.

 “The collaborative approach & trust between the District, Keenan, Lionakis & Gilbane was pivotal to the success of the project safety plan. The elimination of safety risks starts at design, continues with the development & procurement of project specific plan, and ends with the successful implementation in the field by inclusion & empathy,” says Shaik Sihabuddin, Sr. Project Manager, Gilbane, “The teams commitment to implement the plan and continuously improve to address changing conditions via safety net inspections helped to achieve 235,000 Manhours with no lost time.”

In order to receive this award the project must meet specific criteria and be nominated and endorsed by Keenan Loss Control.  “Gilbane set the high safety expectations for all contractors and enforced them.  Your superintendents embraced the Keenan Loss Control visits and followed up on any recommendations”, said JoAnn Campus, Sr. Loss Control Consultant, Keenan & Associates, “The professional attitude of Gilbane carried through with the contractors. I was very happy to nominate this project.”

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 46 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane selected by The Maryland Zoo for Lion and Giraffe Savanna Exhibit and the African Elephant Exhibit

maryland zooGilbane has been awarded the renovation and expansion of several areas within the African Journey section of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, MD. This includes the expansion of the elephant barn and creation of new outdoor yards, as well as major renovations to the giraffe and lion habitats. The outdoor elephant habitat expansion will nearly triple in size to 77,330 square feet, while the indoor barn space will nearly double to 14,300 square feet; enhancing both the animal and visitor experience. Features will include:

  • A water cannon
  • Flexible elephant hay hoist
  • A more accessible boardwalk
  • Expanded stalls
  • Remote-operated hydraulic gates for transferring animals
  • new animal care team facilities
  • A new guest pathway called the African Overlook
  • Lion training demonstration viewing area
  • and more!

Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by Fall 2019, with the project estimated to cost $16 million. During the renovation, The Maryland Zoo will remain open, with limited disruptions to the guest experience. For more details on the renovations visit http://www.marylandzoo.org/animals-conservation/african-journey-renovation/

Gilbane Building Company Breaks Ground on The Lumen at Playhouse Square

New 34-story apartment tower reaching new heights in the Playhouse Square Theater District

Cleveland, Ohio – April 6, 2018 – On Thursday, April 5, Gilbane Building Company and Playhouse Square came together to celebrate the official groundbreaking of The Lumen at Playhouse Square, a new apartment tower in downtown Cleveland. Speakers at the official groundbreaking ceremony included Playhouse Square Board Chairman Jim Ratner, Playhouse Square President and CEO Art Falco, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, County Executive Armond Budish and Councilman Kerry McCormack.

The new 34-story Playhouse Square apartment building will be a distinct addition to the Cleveland skyline and will include 318 rental units. The new development will spur demand for local businesses and elevate the energy within the neighborhood. Situated on a one-acre site at the corner Euclid Avenue and East 17th Street, replacing the parking lot across from the Connor Palace, the tower will also have 528 parking spaces and 22,000 SF for resident amenities. The project is largely composed of floor-to-ceiling glass, painted aluminum panels and exposed cast-in-place concrete, making a dynamic contribution to the Cleveland skyline.

“We are honored to be a part of such an exciting and monumental project in the heart of downtown Cleveland.  This project will provide hundreds of construction jobs and ultimately strengthen the energy of the neighborhood for generations to come.” said Kyle Merrill, Gilbane Building Company Area Manager

Gilbane is providing general contracting services for the new apartment tower, and project completion is set for March 2020.

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 46 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com. Gilbane has been providing construction management services in Ohio since 1959.

Gilbane Building Company Completes Improvements to Iconic Fenway Park, Unveiled Prior to Red Sox 2018 Home Opener

Fenway Park Project Boston, MA – April 3, 2018 – Despite four nor’easters in March, Gilbane successfully completed improvements to Fenway Park designed to enhance the views of fans both at the park and watching at home on TV. The renovations, completed on time for the Boston Red Sox home opener vs. the Tampa Bay Rays on April 5, mark the eighth project in Gilbane’s partnership with the Red Sox/Fenway Park.

The improvements focused on Left and Right Field seating. In Left Field, the existing infield wall was demolished and replaced with a new wall and an additional row of seating. New wall panels were installed on the seating side to accommodate TVs and Wi-Fi. There were also improvements to the Camera Pit and a shift in the Dugout stairs to allow for improved camera views of the field.

Improvements to the Right Field Dugout included the construction of new walls and slabs to accommodate Camera Pit modifications, the construction of a new Dugout Suite and handicapped seating area, and the installation of a new wheelchair lift. New wall panels were installed behind the Dugout Suite to accommodate TVs and Wi-Fi with some structural reinforcing, along with a rework of drainage and electrical.

“Successfully completing the park enhancements before the home opener is always a highlight for the Gilbane team, particularly given there is no true ‘off-season’ at Fenway Park, with ongoing historical tours, college football games, and more,” said Nicole Looney, Director of Gilbane’s Interiors Group in Boston. “It’s also gratifying to know that some of the improvements provide an enhanced line-of-site for some fans and camera operators, which is always appreciated.”

“We value our partnership with Gilbane and their hardworking team that met our deadlines despite some challenging weather,” said Red Sox Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Jonathan Gilula. “Enhancements to Fenway Park each offseason, supported and realized by Gilbane, ensures that we can continually offer an improved ballpark experience for fans.”

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 46 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane has been a leading Boston construction firm since 1946, serving commercial, institutional, and public clients in the Commonwealth. Gilbane’s Boston Interiors Group offers specialized value and enhanced flexibility addressing the needs of clients and unique interior projects, while utilizing the depth of Gilbane resources. Clients include AIG, Latham & Watkins, Google, CBRE, Equity Office Properties, Fidelity Investments, and State Street Bank.

Gilbane Building Company Joins Boston Mayor Walsh for Tour of Reebok’s New Global Headquarters

Gilbane’s Interiors Group provided construction management services for interior fit-out

Photography by © Garrett Rowland Photography and Gensler

Boston, Massachusetts, March 29, 2018 – Gilbane Building Company recently celebrated the opening of Reebok’s new headquarters, touring the facility with Reebok executives and Mayor Walsh, who welcomed the employees to Boston. Gilbane’s Interiors Group, in conjunction with Jones Lang LaSalle, provided construction management services for the interior fit-out of the headquarters, located within the Innovation & Design building in Boston.

Reebok challenged Gilbane’s Interiors Group to create a space that promotes employee engagement and inspires creativity. Construction was completed in seven phases in various bays and locations throughout the Design Center, with the Gilbane team operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week to successfully meet the project deadline.

“We were on a fast-track pace, with over 130 tradespeople on-site with 15 different trades working simultaneously during peak construction,” said Nicole Looney, Director of Gilbane’s Interiors Group in Boston.  “Communication and coordination with our partners was paramount to this project’s success and it’s extremely gratifying to now see Reebok employees working in a truly unique office environment that embodies the company’s mission to challenge convention.”

In addition to a collaborative workspace, Reebok worked with Gilbane to create the fittest, healthiest workplace in the country. The headquarters includes:

  • 220,000sf spanning five floors and three building addresses
  • Facility features include vast office space, collaborative work areas, conference rooms, client showrooms, two-story gym, design lab, production studio, and a retail store
  • The 30,000sf state-of-the-art gym comes complete with a raised Cross-Fit floor, boxing ring, free weight and stationary equipment, and interactive classrooms for fitness, dance, yoga, and spin
  • Hotel-style employee workstations, with an open layout and minimal separation to promote collaboration
  • Conference and meeting areas in the center of each floor that look out over the office through demountable glass partitions
  • A fifth floor that spans the length of a football field, encompassing multiple bays at the Design Center

The Reebok headquarters was recently honored at the 11th Annual IIDA (International Interior Design Association) New England Interior Design Awards, where project architect Gensler was the winner in the over 80,000 sf category.

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 46 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane has been a leading Boston construction firm since 1946, serving commercial, institutional, and public clients in the Commonwealth. Gilbane’s Boston Interiors Group offers specialized value and enhanced flexibility addressing the needs of clients and unique interior projects, while utilizing the depth of Gilbane resources. Clients include AIG, Latham & Watkins, Google, CBRE, Equity Office Properties, Fidelity Investments, State Street Bank, and the Boston Red Sox/Fenway Park.

Gilbane provides CM at-risk for Will County School District 92 Renovations and Additions

Gilbane has been selected as the construction manager at-risk for the implementation of a facility master plan for Will County School District 92 in Lockport, IL over the next few years. This project consists of life safety renovations during the summer of 2018 and adding secure vestibules to two schools for enhanced school safety. Will County School District 92 is a public grade school district that serves grades K-8 and consists of four grade schools: Oak Prairie, Ludwig, Reed and Walsh.

Gilbane tapped for New Ogle County Jail

Gilbane has been selected to provide construction management services for the New Ogle County Jail in Oregon, Illinois. The new 180-bed adult detention facility will consist of multiple sections utilizing indirect and direct supervision: low custody (dormitory) and high custody (single cell) sections. The new jail will also include public access, visitation, command/control and dispatch, administration, holding and intake, medical, inmate property storage, sallyport with storage and administrative support space for the sheriff’s office.