Gilbane Building Company Celebrates “Topping-Off” at Barryknoll Project

Project will allow residents to experience Memorial City area in a walkable urban environment

Houston, Texas – January 31, 2018 – Gilbane Building Company, a national leader in construction management, was happy to celebrate a major milestone at the site of the Barryknoll multi-family apartment complex project in Houston, TX.  The topping off ceremony was attended by representatives from MetroNational, Slate Real Estate Partners, and by Gilbane employees and several key contractors. The project team was treated to a luncheon to celebrate the milestone and even had a mariachi band provide entertainment as part of the celebration!

“The crews on this project have worked very hard through the summer and several weather events, including Hurricane Harvey.  They are truly the folks that make these projects successful,” said John Abbott, Project Executive with Gilbane Building Company.

Gilbane is providing construction management at-risk services for the construction of MetroNational’s new eight story, 670,000 SF multi-family luxury apartment complex. This facility will offer 333 luxury apartment units in one to three bedroom layouts, 570 parking spaces, an eighth floor amenity deck with a pool, bar facilities, cabanas, catering kitchen, sitting areas and a dog park.  The entry level will include luxury common space, a fitness center, VIP parking spaces, bicycle maintenance and storage, the leasing center, walk up apartments, and a landscaped interior courtyard.  The complex is located in the highly desirable Memorial City area of Houston, adjacent to the Memorial City Mall and numerous restaurants and retail establishments.

“Memorial City is continually adding restaurants, retail stores, and other amenities to better enhance the surrounding community. The Barryknoll project will allow new residents to experience all of Memorial City’s great amenities in a walkable urban environment.” said Jason Johnson, President of MetroNational.

“Slate is pleased to partner with both Gilbane and MetroNational on this exciting addition to the Memorial City Campus” added Ben Pisklak, Principal at Slate Real Estate Partners.

The project is set to begin leasing in November 2018 and be fully completed in August 2019.

To view a video of the topping out ceremony click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kLc8BU6i6w

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.

About MetroNational

MetroNational is a privately-held real estate investment, development, and management company headquartered in Houston, Texas. Each MetroNational property, spanning office, retail, restaurant, hospitality and healthcare, fully integrates MetroNational’s best-of-class services, providing the highest quality and enduring value. The company, which was founded in 1954, owns and manages more than 9.2 million square feet of commercial real estate properties primarily located in Greater Houston. MetroNational’s largest development is Memorial City located in West Houston. For more information, visit www.metronational.com

Gilbane Building Company Celebrates Ribbon Cutting at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA

This much anticipated project has completed and is now open to students

Santa Clara, California – Leading global construction and facilities-related services firm, Gilbane Building Company, joined in festivities with representatives from the city Mayor’s office, state assembly members, Senators, Congressman Ro Khanna, district facilities and school personnel, and the community to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the opening of the brand new Student Engagement Center at Mission College in Santa Clara on January 24, 2018.

The ceremonies started off with musical fanfare by the Santa Clara Vanguard brass band and concluded with a ribbon cutting. A schedule of speakers included leaders from the school district and community, with Patrick Schmitt, Chancellor WVMCCD, giving an entertaining and enthusiastic endorsement of the new building. Representatives from the city Mayor’s office, state assembly members and senators, as well as 17th District Congressman Ro Khanna all spoke about the importance of the college campus as one of the leading community colleges in Santa Clara County.

“The current construction market made it very challenging to complete this building on time. Labor shortages made quality control and timeliness almost impossible to achieve.  It is a testimony to Gilbane for keeping us on track for occupancy. I am very thankful for Gilbane’s persistence and commitment to getting us to the finish line”, said Gaye Dabalos, Director of Facilities Construction, West Valley-Mission Community College District.

“As evident in the address and throughout design & construction, this Student Engagement Center was made possible due to the District’s willingness to create an environment where all entities worked together towards the success of the project”, said Shaik Sihabuddin, Project Manager, Gilbane Building Company, “The building not only offers updated amenities to enable high quality education to the local community but also looks enticing while doing that.”

“The new building is truly beautiful and functional.  I love the layout and feeling more connected to the rest of student services.  I appreciate how much thought went into the new Assessment Center, it’s first rate” said Alison McGann, Educational Testing & Technical Specialist, Mission College.

Tours following the ribbon cutting ended with refreshments provided by the college. The new Engagement Center is the gateway to the state of the art classroom technology and learning support services, including technology labs, assessment and tutoring centers. The project will achieve a LEED Gold certification with energy efficiency at the forefront of the design.

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 more than 50 office locations around the world.

For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Building Company Starts Work on Fresenius Kabi Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Expansion

Chicago, IL – January 25, 2018 – Gilbane Building Company is pleased to announce construction has commenced on the new pharmaceutical manufacturing site expansion for Fresenius Kabi in Melrose Park, Illinois.

The scope of work includes construction of a new $250 million, state-of-the-art manufacturing campus for generic sterile injectable pharmaceuticals. The expansion will feature fully-automated aseptic filling lines using state-of-the-art isolator technology, expanded lyophilization (freeze-drying) capabilities, formulation areas, a dedicated warehouse for raw materials and components and an administration building with conference center, laboratories, office space and a cafeteria.

“Gilbane is thrilled to be actively engaged as Fresenius Kabi’s construction management partner on this exciting and complex project,” said Jonathan Bos, Gilbane Building Company Project Executive. “Our team is experienced in delivering this type of important facility, acting as a trusted and transparent extension of Fresenius Kabi’s staff to achieve the overall project goals.”

This complex manufacturing facility will be completed utilizing a fast-track, phased design and phased procurement approach to achieve the required construction timeline. The new facility, designed primarily by CRB, is slated for completion in Fall 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 47 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 Leading the Way with Technology through People First Lean Approach

Gilbane Building Company Rises to Top Tier BIM Construction Firm on BD+C’s 2017 Giants 300 List

Providence, RI – January 11, 2018 – Gilbane Building Company was recently ranked as the #2 BIM Giant on the construction ranking according to Building Design+Construction. This ranking is more important than ever as it reflects Gilbane’s continued commitment to raising the bar when it comes to innovative project delivery. Our focus on breakthrough thinking, powered by our people, is pushing boundaries and enabling our high performance teams to provide greater service delivery to our clients – better, faster and safer.

“It’s exciting to see that our Gilbane teams are embracing the Lean mindset, looking for opportunities to raise the bar when it comes to technology, collaboration and innovation. More importantly, our clients are seeing that these efforts improve results – nearly 300 clients in 2017 said we exceeded their expectations with our use of technology,” said Sue Klawans, Gilbane Senior Vice President, Director of Operational Excellence & Planning.

Over the last five years, Gilbane’s VDC team has been evolving in the area of technology and innovation. Advancing at the speed of sharing, the VDC team led a 57% increase in the use of 3D technologies in one year. The VDC team is also leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as 3D surface mapping, laser scanning and virtual and augmented reality to provide a leading-edge technology solution customized to benefit each project’s need.

More and more projects are replacing the traditional shop drawing process with a more seamless design to coordination to fabrication process that reduces gaps in handoffs, leverages the design and planning team more effectively, reduces opportunities for miscommunication and saves time allowing us to deliver projects more accurately.

“Understanding that laser scanning has become a standard operating procedure for Gilbane, our VDC team challenged themselves to provide value in ways that we typically hadn’t done before,” said Rawle Sawh, Gilbane Building Company VDC Director. “Utilizing our point cloud data sets, we’ve been able to deliver slab flatness/levelness studies to our project teams more quickly and efficiently than we ever thought was possible. After tying the point cloud data sets to surveyor benchmarks, we can analyze the FF/FL requirements for that particular slab and provide the analysis in short order. This technology allows us to not only confirm work that has already been put in place, but it also allows us to remedy the floor well before any bottom track, MEP and finishes need to be installed.”

 Through the use of new technologies, Gilbane project teams are able to go from ambiguity to certainty faster, making budgets more reliable and improving schedules. This approach ultimately benefits decision makers, helping them visualize their project so they can take action more quickly and efficiently.

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 49 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Building Company’s Linda Graves Honored for Building Stronger Communities

Linda Graves Awarded Corporate Diversity Development and Advocacy Award in Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI – January 11, 2018 – Gilbane Building Company is pleased to announce that Linda Graves has been honored with the Corporate Diversity Development and Advocacy Award by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Linda was recognized with this great honor during the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The award recognizes Linda’s leadership in championing and strengthening supplier diversity programs in various organizations and in the local Milwaukee community.

“Linda is an industry leader, and it has been a great honor to partner with her over the years,” said Adam Jelen, Gilbane Building Company Senior Vice President. “Linda has a passion to build the community, both the workforce and local businesses, in a sustainable way. This recognition is a well-deserved honor. Congratulations to Linda!”

A passionate community and industry advocate, Linda Graves serves as vice president and director of diversity and community affairs with Gilbane Building Company. She serves in this National leadership role positioning Gilbane’s diversity and inclusion efforts as a comprehensive strategy to achieve business and workforce commitments. Linda works tirelessly on behalf of small and diverse businesses with the ability to rapidly assess opportunities and influence a shared sense of purpose.

For more than 18 years, Linda has actively supported the greater Milwaukee community through the African American Women’s Fund Project (AAWFP) in partnership with The Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee. AAWFP provides financial support to organizations that promote the well-being of African American women and girls in the greater Milwaukee area.

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 49 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

For more than 30 years, Gilbane’s Milwaukee office has served a wide variety of market sectors and clients throughout Wisconsin including Northwestern Mutual, Waukesha County Health and Human Services, Medical College of Wisconsin, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Schlitz Park and Schreiber Foods.

Gilbane Wins Two 2017 US Air Force Design Awards

Concord, California, January 2, 2018 – The United States Air Force announced that Gilbane, together with their design partners, were the winners of two 2017 design awards for recently completed healthcare projects. Gilbane, along with Sherlock Smith and Adams, received the Honor Award for Facility Design of the Medical Clinic at Holloman AFB. Gilbane, along with Leo A. Daly, received the Merit Award for Facility Renovations & Additions design of the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) Hyperbaric Facility.

The Medical Clinic at Holloman AFB in New Mexico is a new 100,000 SF outpatient facility. The clinic embraces the southwest desert landscape and channels abundant natural light into the two-story public spaces where patient waiting and reception is conveniently located.  The public spaces are further defined with well-thought-out integrated interior design components creating a patient calming atmosphere. The project was designed to achieve energy savings and sustainability requirements. Gilbane, together with its design firm Sherlock Smith and Adams, worked together on this successful design-build project.

The San Antonio Military Medical Center Hyperbaric Facility addition brings together the patient care, teaching and research functions of a new clinical service to the medical center campus.  It features extensive use of natural daylight that enhances the waiting area. The addition is built around a large multi-place chamber and a single mono-place chamber with clinical, administrative and technical space to support this modality of care. The facility was designed around the patient, providing abundant natural light and views to the outside for positive distractions while waiting and preparing for long hyperbaric dives. Gilbane, together with its design firm Leo A. Daly, worked together on this successful design-build project.

Heidi DeBenedetti, Senior Vice President, commented, “I am pleased that the Air Force has selected Gilbane for design awards for these two outstanding projects. We have been working for the Air Force for the past 20 years and have enjoyed a strong relationship in designing and building exceptional facilities. Similarly, we appreciate the strong relationships that we have developed with our design partners and we look forward to a continued successful partnership with the Air Force and our design partners for many years to come. Our company will continue to uphold high quality performance, dedication to our work and successful execution of projects for all our clients around the globe.”

This contract supports our work in the United States where Gilbane has been providing construction services for military facilities for the past 20 years.

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 49 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Building Company Recognized with CCIA Platinum Award for Safety

Gilbane Receives Award for Commitment to Excellence in Safety in Construction from Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA)

Glastonbury, CT –January 4, 2018 – Leading global construction and facilities-related services firm, Gilbane Building Company, was recently honored with a Platinum Safety Award in Building Construction for overall safety performance over the past three years from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA).  This is the highest safety honor awarded by the CCIA.

The Platinum Level Safety award is bestowed to only a select few contractors each year. The award was presented to Gilbane at the CCIA’s Annual Membership Meeting on December 2, 2017 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT.

 “We are honored to once again receive this award from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, noted Dennis Mullen, Gilbane’s Safety Director for New England. “To be recognized for our commitment to safety is the highest compliment and further representation of Gilbane’s dedication to the safety of our team members, trade contractors and the communities where we build.”

CCIA’s Safety Committee established the Safety Recognition Awards to encourage safety in construction and recognize companies that maintain a formal safety and health program or related policies and procedures.  In order to be recognized at the Platinum level, recipients must have met or exceeded national safety statistics.

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 49 office locations around the world.

A builder in Connecticut since 1944, Gilbane has grown to become one of the largest providers of construction management services in Connecticut.  Gilbane opened an office in Glastonbury in 1984 and has remained a leader in the delivery of comprehensive pre-construction, construction management services and construction administration.  In 2014, Gilbane was named Contractor of the Year by Engineering News Record (ENR) for the Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT) and the #3 Top Construction Firm in the State of Connecticut in 2013 according to Book of Lists CT. Gilbane is ranked one of the top three best construction firms in the State of CT by the Connecticut Subcontractors Association.

For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

The Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library Prepares for Phase 1 Opening

The newly renovated Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is opening its first phase of modernizations in January 2018

Baltimore, MD – December 22, 2017 – The Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, a Baltimore landmark for nearly 100 years, will open the first phase of its $115 million modernizations in January 2018. Safety upgrades throughout the building were a top priority for the library. Gilbane teams have already completed the installation of a new operational sprinkler system and fire alarm system, which provide modern life safety provisions throughout this historic building. These life safety systems include floors that will be renovated as a part of phase two of the modernizations. A permanent HVAC system has been installed on all of the newly occupied floors, while exterior upgrades to the stone and brick are nearing completion. “Our team is excited to see the library staff move in to the completed parts of the building,” said Steve O’Connor, Gilbane Building Company Project Executive. “We are pleased to complete the installation of modern alarm and fire suppression systems that will protect the users and employees of this library as well as the outstanding collection of books it contains.”

During the remaining restoration all risk mitigation measures will be deployed to ensure that remaining areas will be protected during and after construction. Gilbane Building Company has been working with the library since the start of the project to ensure a safe and seamless move-in as phases are turned over.

Construction on the project began in early 2016 and will finish in Spring 2019. During the final year of construction, the building will remain operational as additional areas open up to the public.

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 49 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

Gilbane Recognized by Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts with Build New England Award of Merit

Gilbane honored for excellence in construction through collaboration for the Winthrop Middle/High School

Boston, MA, December 21, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company was recently honored by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts at its annual Build New England Awards honoring excellence in construction through collaboration.

Gilbane served as construction manager for the new 187,917 Winthrop Middle/High School, a culmination of the community’s vision for a combined school that maintains separate identities.  The success of the project was a direct result of a collaborative effort with Winthrop Public Schools, Gilbane Building Company, the owner’s project manager Skanska USA Building, and architect HMFH Architects.

The scope of the project included first abating and demolishing the existing Winthrop High School to allow for the construction of a new middle/high school on the same site.  Serving 970 students in grades 6-12, the interior of the building was designed to focus on interdisciplinary team teaching. The building contains two separate zones for the middle and high schools joined by shared core facilities including the 12,000 SF gymnasium, library, kitchen, and 580-seat auditorium. Select classrooms in both wings have exterior overhead bi-fold doors offering access to outside project areas, classroom and exercise spaces. Specialty spaces include a 100-seat black box theater, vocational fabrication and carpentry space for the unique “Viking long ship” historically-accurate ship-building program (Vikings are the school mascot), culinary arts café, state-of-the-art science labs, and a community pre-school program learning lab.

“The collaborative atmosphere that the team fostered and encouraged served to enhance the project from all directions both aesthetically and financially. From start to finish, the project was an extremely satisfying and enjoyable experience.” noted John J. Macero, former Superintendent of Winthrop Public School District and current Superintendent Stoneham School District.

Build New England is an awards program designed to recognize exceptional teams that build projects in New England.   It was established in 1981 by the AGC of Massachusetts in order to bring public awareness to the positive contributions of the Building Industry.   This awards program was one of the first nationally to recognize the entire project team, the owner, the designer, the constructor and key subcontractors for their collective achievements and collaborative efforts.

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 49 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 the University of Massachusetts, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Genzyme, Fidelity Investments, City of Boston-Boston Public Schools and Bank of America. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com/boston

L-R Jason Huddock, Griffin Electric; Mike Duffy, Griffin Electric; David Dockendorf, Town of Winthrop; Tina Stanislaski Architect, HMFH; Dick Lawton, Town of Winthrop; Joanna Kripp, Gilbane; Dave Girard, Town of Winthrop; Tripp McElroy, Gilbane; Chuck Adams, OPM Skanska; Missing from photo – Walt Kincaid, Gilbane

 

Gilbane Building Company makes significant progress on signature Icon project in Buckhead

Construction of the 35-story residential tower is underway, featuring 365 units as well as retail and restaurant space

Atlanta, Georgia – December 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, recognized as an industry leader that delivers innovative building solutions – from state-of-the-art sustainable buildings to the latest applications in construction methods and technology is serving as construction manager for Related Group’s signature Icon residential tower project.

Located in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, the 750,000-square-foot residential tower will offer 365 units ranging from studios to three bedrooms, 30,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space, a pool on the eighth floor, indoor and outdoor rooftop amenity spaces, and an 11-level parking garage. Standing 35 stories high it will be the tallest residential building in the neighborhood with direct access to MARTA and just blocks from two of the city’s premier shopping malls.

“Icon’s location is one of the project’s biggest challenges – it’s located on Peachtree Road and surrounded on all sides. So the focus early on was to coordinate with our neighbors, the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Maggiano’s restaurant, and Skyhouse apartments, to make sure we considered noise levels and traffic for their residents and customers,” said Mark LeBlanc, Senior Project Executive for Gilbane Building Company, “Building on any site is always about being a good neighbor.”

The project is being designed by Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart and is targeting completion in June 2019. Gilbane’s team has executed a multitude of developer driven commercial, residential and mixed-use high-rise projects and currently has two other key residential projects in the area: 1000 Park Avenue, located adjacent to Phipps Plaza, and The Sutton, situated close to the city’s newest premier shopping district Buckhead Atlanta.

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.