Gilbane Building Company Awarded Construction of The New Norton in West Palm Beach

 Photo Credit: Foster + Partners

Rendering: Foster + Partners

West Palm Beach, FL – March 16, 2015 – Gilbane Building Company, a global leader in construction services, has been selected by the Norton Museum of Art to manage the comprehensive expansion and renovation of its building and campus in downtown West Palm Beach.  The signature project designed by Foster + Partners consists of the design and construction of an extension to the Museum to accommodate increased gallery and exhibitions space as well as provide more educational and program space and dramatically re-orient the Museum entrance from the south to the west along the main thoroughfare of S. Dixie Highway. Construction is anticipated to start in the summer of 2016 and be completed by the end of 2018.

The scope of services will include differentiating the exterior of the building with signature architectural elements – articulating glazing, structural glazing, architectural precast concrete panes, reflection ponds and architectural roofing elements. The New Norton’s design will add approximately 50,000 square feet of program space with a new 200-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium, meeting rooms, new entrance space with 44-foot high ceilings in the Great Hall, arrival forecourt, restaurant, 15,000 square feet of new gallery space and support spaces. The Project will also include the upgrade and re-use of approximately 60,000 square feet of existing space and demolition of approximately 35,000 square feet.

“The construction of the museum is highly technical and challenging,” said Tim Hensey, vice president of Gilbane Building Company.  “The team we have dedicated to this project has exceptional depth of experience in dealing with the complex issues of constructing this facility. We are truly honored to be part of the growth of the Norton Museum.”

The Norton has some of the nation’s premier collections of American, Chinese, Contemporary, European, and Photographic art. It has served as a cultural centerpiece for art in South Florida since its founding in 1941.

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

As a national leader in museum construction, Gilbane has a proven track record of providing comprehensive construction services for iconic clients such as the Smithsonian Institution, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. Since 1972, Gilbane has been an industry leader in the state of Florida with a reputation for construction quality and client satisfaction. The company’s market expertise is focused on education, healthcare, and public facilities working with some of the area’s major organizations including the Palm Beach County School District, School District of Sarasota County, Manatee County Schools, Broward College, Lee county, St. Joseph Hospital, Baptist Health, and Florida Power and Light.