Gilbane Building Company Appoints Heidi DeBenedetti to Lead Southeast Division

DeBenedetti Relocates from Denver, Colorado to Orlando, Florida to Lead Southeast Division Business Growth Objectives

Orlando, FL – June 27, 2019 – Gilbane Building Company today announced the promotion of Heidi DeBenedetti, senior vice president, to an expanded leadership role that encompasses Gilbane’s Southeast division. With more than 25 years of experience, DeBenedetti will work with her leadership team to implement the firm’s Vision 2025 plan, achieve strategic growth, and deliver operational excellence to clients throughout the Southeast division, which includes Florida, Georgia and South Carolina business units. She will also continue executive responsibility of Gilbane’s Federal division, which includes fuels, environmental and worldwide federal facilities construction services.

DeBenedetti joined the company in 2015 to lead Gilbane’s U.S. Federal business as a key part of the company’s global growth. Under her leadership, she worked with business unit leaders to drive efficient operational execution, streamline processes in a lean approach, and exceed client expectations. She is a strong advocate for employee development and advancement.  DeBenedetti serves as the executive sponsor of the company-wide women’s Employee Resource Group, empoWer.

“Heidi has a breadth of diverse market experience that she’s acquired throughout her 25-year construction career and a proven track record of leadership. Her innovative acumen and diverse perspective will drive our commitment of operational excellence with a mindset to recruit and retain the best talent in the Southeast division,” said Thomas Laird, executive vice president of Gilbane Building Company. “She is an exemplary leader, and this planned succession move marks an important milestone in our company’s structure that aligns with our visionary goals.”

DeBenedetti holds a BS from the University of Colorado, a MBA from Colorado State University and is a DBIA Designated Design-Build ProfessionalTM.  She resides with her husband in Orlando, Florida.

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 45 office locations around the world. For more information, visit

About Gilbane Building Company’s Southeast Division

Gilbane’s Southeast division operates from seven offices located in strategic locations across Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Representative projects in diverse market segments include the South Florida Proton Therapy Institute, The Norton Museum of Art, Admiral Farragut Academy Performing Arts Multi-Purpose Center, State of Georgia Judicial Complex, Georgia Tech Campus Center modernization and expansion and several projects for the University of South Carolina.