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

Fremont, CA – May 25, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a national leader in construction management, was happy to celebrate a major milestone at the site of the Ohlone College project in Fremont, CA.  The steel topping off ceremony was attended by representatives from Ohlone Community College District, college staff, students and representatives from Gilbane.

Three new Academic Core buildings are currently under construction and include lab spaces, classrooms, lecture halls, offices, a gallery and performance space.  Students and staff have been observing the campus transformation for over a year.  The signing and placing of the beam in this ceremony symbolizes the progress made toward the goal of the campus providing a future-focused learning environment for their students.

“This event is very exciting for the entire project team and for the college community here at Ohlone.  The topping off event is a great opportunity to recognize the tremendous efforts of everyone involved in the project planning and management and specifically today we get to thank the men and women in hard hats who work to construct the buildings,” Joel Heyne, Senior Project Executive with Gilbane Building Company, “Our Gilbane team is very thankful for the opportunity to manage this exciting project from inception.”

“Our students and staff have been watching the Ohlone College Fremont campus transform over the past year, from the tear-down of three obsolete buildings, to site preparation, and now the framework for three new buildings. These structures have emerged in just a few weeks, helping us envision how the college will look soon”, says Dr. Gari Browning, District President/ Superintendent, “The signing and placement of this beam signifies progress toward our goal of providing a future-focused learning environment for our students. This celebration is a happy milestone for Ohlone College.”

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