Gilbane Building Company Celebrates Major Milestone at Virginia General Assembly Building

All that remains is the historic façade after original 1912 building is demolished

Richmond, VA – July 10, 2018 – Gilbane Building Company recently celebrated the “leveling-out” of the Virginia Department of General Services General Assembly Building in downtown Richmond. The “leveling-out” ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, June 26, marks the full demolition of the 420,000 square-foot General Assembly Building, originally built in 1912. All that remains, supported by an intricate framework of steel, is the historic 105-year-old façade. The event was attended by representatives from the Virginia Department of General Services, representatives of the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia, Gilbane and our subcontractor partners.

Located on the corner of Ninth and Broad Streets, the original six-story 1912 building was built with an elaborate exterior limestone façade that features three-story Corinthian-style pilasters. In October 2017, the team began constructing a temporary steel bracing tower to support the soon freestanding façade. This effort involved the erection of nearly 370 tons of steel columns, beams, outriggers and whalers; as well as the drilling and pouring of three-foot diameter concrete caissons approximately 60 feet below the site. Seismographs to monitor vibrations and anchored survey points were installed to the façade during demolition to ensure the limestone façade did not move during this process. By the end of March 2018, the façade had been cut away and was standing on its own for the first time. The historic façade is being preserved throughout construction, and will be incorporated into the new, but classic design.

The building was recognized by ENR Mid-Atlantic as one of the 2017 Top Starts. Construction began in the summer of 2017 after Gilbane constructed 275,000 square-feet of swing-space to house the 140 employees of the Virginia House and Senate. The building is anticipated to complete in 2021.

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’s mid-Atlantic offices are located in Richmond, VA; Arlington, VA/Washington DC; Baltimore, MD; and Philadelphia, PA. Collaborating with clients in the region since 1969, Gilbane serves diversified market sectors. Representative Virginia clients include the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Capital One, Virginia Department of General Services, Richmond Performing Arts Committee (RPAC), and SunTrust Banks.

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