Office Renovation for Confidential Client at 500 West Madison

Complex renovation projects in the 500 West Madison building in the heart of downtown Chicago

Gilbane Building Company provided general contracting services for a confidential client for their Chicago office at 500 W Madison. Gilbane completed the original buildout for the client in 2015 and was brought back in 2017 to reconfigure the entire floor for a new subtenant. Once the demising project was completed for the client, their tenant hired Gilbane to complete the renovation of their new 17,000 SF space in order to fit their needs.

Scope of work for the confidential client consisted of interior demolition, drywall partitions with security fencing above ceilings, existing acoustical ceilings and flooring rework, new door assemblies with security access, existing MEPFP system reconfiguration based on revised layout and building landlord requirements, as well as above ceiling LV conduit/junction boxes per the client’s security requirements. The tenant’s project required minor demolition to expand the existing employee breakroom and new walls to create a large conference room.  The remaining scope required rework and patching of existing walls, ceilings, flooring and MEPFP systems.

Since the project included renovation of an occupied existing space, one unique challenge was the need to match all new finishes in the tenant’s space to the existing materials including cloud/acoustical ceiling, carpet and tile. The vinyl plank flooring in the existing space was discontinued after the original project was completed in 2015. Gilbane’s project manager was able to source the material from a warehouse on the east coast to ensure a seamless and cohesive final product. The team also made sure that all technology systems in both areas were installed so there was complete separation between the two company’s systems to ensure data integrity.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Adult Emergency Department

The Gilbane team completed benchmark rooms ahead of schedule as well as a mock-up for the exterior skin of the new building for quality control purposes.

Meeting and exceeding client expectations

Gilbane provided construction management services for the renovation and expansion of the 73,000 SF existing Adult Emergency Department located on the ground floor of the Vanderbilt clinic. The new Adult Emergency Department is double the original size of the space, with dedicated treatment and specialist spaces, allowing the hospital to treat more patients and provide them with better care through a more efficient space.

As part of this project, the Energy Court was converted to a dedicated waiting room for the Adult Emergency Department (AED) and a new Rapid Medical Evaluation (RME) area consisting of five new triage bays and 26 new exam/treatment bays. The refurbishment and expansion also included a new waiting room, entrance, trauma and ambulance corridor, acute care space, staff support, and dedicated radiology and psychology areas. These are in addition to the existing 45 treatment spaces in emergency department patient care areas A, B, C and D.

The five-phase approach included:

Phase 1 – Construction of a temporary emergency department waiting and registration area as well as a triage space to enable the emergency department to continue full operation during construction of the new entrance, waiting room, triage, and RME.

Phase 2 – Full gut renovation of the existing administrative office suites on the first floor and MEP fit-out to make room for the construction of new emergency department observation rooms. This phase also included 15 fully enclosed single-occupancy patient rooms, supporting charting stations, medication area, crash cart alcove, nutrition station, bathrooms and showers.

Phase 3 – Demolition of the main entrance 5-story atrium to build a new dedicated ambulatory entrance and waiting area for the Adult Emergency Department and public hospital entrance. The construction of the enclosed MER  penthouse with all new MEP infrastructure for future phases was completed as well as all exterior work along Broadway including landscaping, façade work, and sidewalk refinishing.

Phase 4 – Construction of a new trauma room with acute care tow beds immediately adjacent to the ambulance bay. This phase also included 13 new treatment bays and charting stations along with minor re-routing of the corridor to accommodate the new trauma room and the relocation of an existing shower room.

Phase 5 – Renovation of existing Area B to create new code compliant treatment and support spaces, including 14 treatment bays and acute care treatment rooms. In addition, the temporary waiting and registration facilities adjacent to Area D were transformed into the permanent staff lounge and locker room.

Respecting the fully operational hospital throughout all stages of the project was critical to its success. While the new space was created to improve patient care, it was vital to maintain a high standard of hygiene and minimize disruption throughout the construction period. Consistent communication, critical programming and dedication to dust containment were all vital factors in ensuring a smooth project journey that allowed for the continuity of patient care.

Architects are daSILVA Architects, Davis Brody Bond and AKF Group.


Cooley, LLP Office Renovations

Gilbane delivered exceptional services for multiple law office renovations.

Law offices focus their renovations towards collaboration

Gilbane was selected to provide construction services for two high-end renovations of Cooley, LLP offices, both designed by Studios Architecture. Cooley, LLP needed space to encourage collaboration amongst its employees and clients as well as storage for the growing DC area offices.

The downtown DC office, located within walking distance of the Metro Center, included a new elevator lobby with back painted glass and ornamental metal, glass office fronts, cyber café, record storage, new training facilities, demountable partitions, linear light fixtures, porcelain tiles, and fabric panels. The design features existing exposed trusses throughout. The 16-week renovation project took place while the space is partially occupied.

Currently, Cooley occupies the 11th, 15th, 16th and17th floors of the Reston, VA building and took on additional space on the 14th floor as part of the renovation. The first phase of the project enhanced the current perimeter and interior offices and support areas to accommodate the approximately 130 employees working from the Reston office. Other upgrades included a conference center as well as a common room café. Gilbane’s dedicated focus on safety proved to be crucial during this renovation as portions of the 60,000 SF space remained occupied throughout the duration of construction. Additional renovations included a full restoration of the 15th, 16th, and 17th floors to include new offices, administrative areas, work rooms and support areas, as well as terrace upgrades to the building.

HighMark School Development, BASIS Independent McLean

Gilbane delivers new standard of school building through the repositioning of a vacant office complex.

New Basis Independent School seeks to raise the standards of intellectual and enjoyable learning environment

BASIS Independent Schools is a growing national network of schools serving Pre-K through 12th grade. Working with Perkins Eastman, the Gilbane Building Company team delivered a new BASIS Independent campus in McLean, Virginia. Through a change in occupancy of a former corporate headquarters campus, BASIS Independent Schools is developing an environment uniquely suited to its STEM-focused, liberal arts program. The team took a drab and uninviting vacant office building and transformed it into a versatile educational space for students. It took the ingenuity of the design-build team to find innovative ways to turn spaces like the lobby into a gathering space instead of a means of entry, and conference rooms and cubicles into classrooms and recreational spaces fit for BASIS Independent’s challenging curriculum. Classrooms, labs, athletic, and administrative space are all organized around a central atrium that will become the heart and crossroads of the school. In addition to serving as the school’s dining room, the atrium will be the primary gathering and social activity space. In total, the site is a 220,000 SF, three-story commercial property. The initial phase was 110,000 SF and accommodates about 650 students. The second phase is slated to include a full-sized gymnasium and additional classroom space for the upper school with the goal of total enrollment at about 1,250 students.

The program was arranged around three sides of the atrium. Academic classrooms and science labs are located on the second and third floors of the east side. Elective programs, active collaboration spaces and faculty offices are located on the north side, and on the west side a large, two-story multipurpose space have been inserted on the second floor. Other community spaces, like the reading room and auditorium, performing and visual arts, as well as the administrative core, are also on the west side. The early childhood programs are located on the first floor. The program also included the reuse of an existing 200-seat auditorium, reconfigured slightly for stage performances. This design is also exploring the evolution of the BASIS branded environment – through the use of color, materials, furniture, lighting, and graphics – to create a distinctive and exciting learning ambiance.

Repositioning has become a cost effective and time saving solution for schools that are looking to find space for growing enrollments. However, it comes with the challenge of making an office complex kid friendly. With the lack of outdoor space in an urban setting, creative solutions needed to be developed to make room for traditional play spaces. At BASIS Independent McLean, exterior improvements included a playground and soft play area at the rear of the building for the preschool and kindergarten program and a large outdoor space atop the parking deck to accommodate the middle and high school students. The large outdoor space included two playground structures, artificial turf fields, and recreational courts. A future exterior improvement phase will include additional fields at the location of existing parking lots on the west side of the campus.

Duke University West Village Powerhouse

Gilbane transformed this historic landmark building into a modern work space for Duke University that draws in the industrial history of the city.

Renovation of historic building in downtown durham

Gilbane provided Construction Management at-Risk services for the renovation of the historic Powerhouse. The Powerhouse, located in Downtown Durham’s West Village, was originally constructed back in 1926 to provide electricity for the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company operations. Today it houses a vibrant environment for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program.

Scope of work on the 5-story tenant fit-out included renovations, minor site work and building envelope upgrades totaling 26,000 square feet. The project involved a complete renovation to the interior and exterior of this 90 year old historical landmark. This project is part of the overall University Facilities Master Plan.

The new design elements harken to the industrial past with exposed mechanical system. Workspaces were designed to include small meeting areas. The second floor offers a large, open collaboration area with expansive windows. New structural floors were inserted in the large volumes that housed the generators and turbines, but were held back from the outside wall to preserve the vast sense of space. Enclosed offices were given glass fronts and located in the interior to allow light to penetrate the open office areas.

Legacy at Brier Creek

With Gilbane’s experience in pursuing LEED® certification, we identify ways to reduce energy consumption and maximize operational efficiency.

Cutting-edge Class A Office Building in thriving raleigh/durham

In the fall of 2016, Gilbane broke ground on a new 121,000-square-foot Class A office building for Heritage Properties. The cutting-edge office building offers floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall panes allowing for abundant natural light. Other features include tenant lounge, fitness center, and outdoor terrace with grills. The project includes 518 parking spaces on site.

The 4-story building is centrally-located in the Brier Creek area of the thriving Raleigh-Durham markets in North Carolina. This convenient location within a master planned community will allow tenants to be within walking distance of many retailers, restaurants, shops and entertainment options and within 3 miles from residential areas.

“We are thrilled with the speed and quality of construction on Legacy at Brier Creek, and happy to see the project continue to move forward to be on schedule for delivery.  Once complete, the project will offer corporations modern, efficient office space within walkable distance to an abundance of restaurants, shops, and major thoroughfares.”

– Ryan Blair, Vice President | Development & Acquisitions, Heritage Properties, Inc.

The project is designed for LEED® Silver Certification. The space is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017.

Ohlone Community College, Measure C Bond Program

Gilbane is helping higher education institutions rebuild or grow their campuses to become examples of better ways to reduce, reuse and protect the earth’s resources, while reducing their own costs.

Infrastructure upgrades, renovation and modernization of campuses

Gilbane has been performing both Program and Construction Management services on behalf of Ohlone College as part of the Measure C bond program which involves the coordination and oversight of multiple construction projects for both Ohlone College’s Fremont and Newark campuses. Sample projects include but are not limited to a new parking structure, photovoltaics and an academic complex on the main campus which services to centralize and consolidate a number of key facilities. While the majority of our focus on the Newark campus has been infrastructure upgrades and photovoltaics.

Gilbane’s services include designer procurement; scheduling; estimating; cost control and reporting; establishment of program standards and procedures; contractor procurement; project design and construction management; constructability review; claims avoidance; DSA project certification; and overall assistance with the management and coordination of associated services contracts, some of which pertained to environmental, geotechnical, architectural, engineering, special inspection, materials testing, LEED facilitation and building commissioning.

East Side Union High School District

Gilbane offers flexibility and strategies to provide students with the best learning environment at the greatest value.

Concurrent Projects on MULTIPLE adjacent campuses modernizing high schools

Gilbane is providing Construction Management services for multiple high school campuses across the 26-school district. Each school is undergoing seismic and utility upgrades, as well as programmatic changes to align with a transforming learning environment. Projects include classroom renovations, conversions and new construction as well as reconfiguring open and quad space for flexible programming.

As a construction manager, Gilbane’s role is to oversee construction utilizing a variety of traditional and alternative delivery methods.

High schools with their architects undergoing upgrades are:

West Valley-Mission Community College District

Gilbane has provided comprehensive construction management and as-needed program management services to the West Valley-Mission Community College District across two bond measures.

seamless delivery combined with sustainable solutions

Gilbane has provided comprehensive construction management and as-needed program management services to the West Valley-Mission Community College District across two bond measures – H, passed in November 2004, and C, passed in June 2012. These measures have funded the seamless delivery of both facility renovation/upgrades and capital new construction. The District prides itself in the lead delivery of program and construction management services and has accomplished significant projects and innovative delivery methods as a result.

Program highlights include an overall transformation and new orientation of the Santa Clara based Mission College campus with state of the art classroom, student services and administrative facilities. Demolition of the old administration building is slated as phase one of a future bond. In Saratoga, West Valley College has been enhanced by projects such as the Aquatic Center and Fox Center; the renovation and expansion of the Math and Science Building and Language Arts as well as various classroom upgrades and renovation of the Applied Arts & Sciences building.

As part of the District’s commitment to sustainability, the Gary G. Gillmor and Family Academic Center at Mission College achieved LEED Gold certification and West Valley College’s Language Arts & Social Sciences Building achieved LEED Silver certification.

Architects include Lionakis Beaumont Design Group, HMC Architects and BFGC Architects / IGI Group.

San Jose Evergreen Community College District

The District includes two distinct college campuses which collectively serve more than 22,000 students with more than 720,000 square feet of educational and support facilities.

multiple campuses all projects targeting LEED silver certification

Gilbane is providing comprehensive Program Management and Construction Management services for the San Jose Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD). The District includes two distinct college campuses which serve more than 22,000 students with more than 720,000square feet of educational and support facilities.

Gilbane’s responsibilities include the completion of San Jose City College’s masterplan and the continued expansion, renovation and repair of Evergreen Valley College which involve more than 15 projects per campus as well as several District-wide facilities-related initiatives. All capital construction projects are primarily funded by bond measure G (2004) and/or measure G (2010). All projects are targeting LEED Silver certification.

As the program/construction manager, one of our primary initial responsibilities was to ensure compliance by keeping bond finance tracking and reporting functions separate between the two bond measures. Gilbane and its partners have worked to establish industry-leading program protocols, procedures, roles and responsibilities as well as reporting tools and financial management services. In addition to providing all industry-standard program and construction management services, Gilbane has led communications and PR-related services to fully support the District with its Board of Trustees and Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee reporting requirements. Gilbane further interacts closely with the local architectural, engineering and vendor community on behalf of the District, and has established new design and contractor procurement methods intended to further enhance process transparency.

Architects include HMC Architects, The Architects and AECOM/URS Corporation.