Gilbane Building Company Celebrates “Topping-Off” at Mission College

mission college topping offSanta Clara, CA – April 06, 2016 – Gilbane Building Company, a national leader in construction management, is happy to celebrate a major milestone at the site of the Mission College project in Santa Clara, CA.  The main building replacement is the second project in the college’s effort to completely replace the existing 235,066 square foot main building that was originally built in 1979.  This project will replace approximately half of the existing space within the main building with a new, three-story Student Engagement Center building and support the college’s Master Plan implementation.  The building houses student service functions, interdisciplinary classrooms and administrative offices.  This project was designed by Lionakis and is slated for LEED Gold Certification. The project scope also includes site demolition and reconstruction of the existing front entry and turnaround of the Campus.  This is a landmark project for this campus as it revamps the entire entry and the first project undertaking of this scale under the CM multi-prime delivery method. The project commenced on Sept 1, 2015 and is scheduled for completion by July 31, 2017.

The building incorporates extensive natural ventilation and highly efficient mechanical systems. Use of recycled water throughout restroom fixtures and the mechanical units creates a sustainable approach to water use. Drought-tolerant landscaping and active bioswales contribute to a significant reduction of potable water use. Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels will be utilized for providing hot water throughout the facility. Extensive natural daylighting and low VOC materials will provide an interior space which is geared to high academic performance, while providing significant energy savings to the District.

“Our students and the community are going to greatly benefit from the innovative design of this new building, which has literally been rethought from the parking lots on through to our tutoring center with ease of access and sustainability in mind,” said Daniel peck, College President at Mission College, “Lionakis and Gilbane have been tremendous partners in taking our ideas and working with us to shape them into reality. I would like to thank Gilbane, who has been a tremendous asset to us, and recognize your hard work and thoughtfulness in this vision.  We are not only building a new building here, we are creating a new face to our campus.”

Gilbane worked with the District and design team to utilize the ConXTech system which is a mass-customizable, modular, prefabricated structural steel building system. The proprietary ConXTech collars were shop welded to the steel members and the beams were lowered in place from above between the erected columns. The time savings in field installation is considerable due to the reduced field welds and bolted interlocking connections.

“Gilbane is honored to be a part of the WVMCCD Bond work for the past 6 years and has enjoyed the collaboration we have had with the Mission campus in helping to execute the planning and building portion of the Master Plan,” said Matt Tierney, Sr. Vice President at Gilbane, “We are also appreciative of the trust the Campus has shown in Gilbane by allowing us to pilot a Multi Prime delivery method on this project and hope the success on this project will lead to it becoming another option for the campus to use on future projects.”

The steel topping off ceremony was held at 10:30 a.m. on April 6, 2016.  Participants included representatives from West Valley Mission Community College District, Mission College President’s Cabinet, City Council, Board of Trustees, Citizens Bond Oversight Committee members and prime contractor representatives.  The steel beam located at the front entry Welcome Center of the building was selected for the ceremony. The beam that was signed by all ironworkers, trade leaderships and dignitaries was then lifted for placement.

“Every time we build a building on this campus we are building for the future,” said Patrick Schmitt, Chancellor West Valley-Mission Community College.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane Building Company provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services—from preconstruction 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.

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