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Ramstein Air Base Command Headquarters Building 201 A and B Wings

Gilbane implements rigorous site security, eliminates schedule waste, reduces costs, and promotes safety to ensure high quality delivery of this LEED certified facility.

Gilbane executed this 130,000 sf project within a highly secure operating facility inside Ramstein Air Base (AB), Germany. Renovation of Building 201, Wings A and B required full demolition of all interior and exterior components, down to the bare structure of the 4-story HQ Building. Basements of both Wings A and B became designated as SCIFs for approximately 17,000 sf of SCIF space, making it one of the largest SCIFs Gilbane has ever built. Gilbane also re-designed various Mechanical systems which were deemed deficient as originally designed by others.

The project is registered for LEED Silver certification with sustainable features that includes a new HVAC system; electrical service upgrades; energy-efficient lighting; new insulation to improve building envelope efficiency. These LEED elements will allow for an estimated energy savings of nearly 40% for the building. We also performed value engineering, which saved the Government over $100,000. This included redesigning the structural steel system for the new floor deck to more closely match the concrete decking system specific to Germany.

Gilbane completed this project two weeks ahead of the final schedule and within the final budget. By proactively evaluating and responding to the complexities of working in Germany and other challenges, we mitigated adverse impacts on the schedule end date.

Client Value

We ensured the early involvement of stakeholders and promoted collaboration, preconstruction planning, and continual improvement on this project by applying Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) techniques to enhance outcomes and eliminate schedule waste, reduce project costs, promote safety, and ensure a high-quality facility for the Government.

Facility user groups have expressed a high level of satisfaction with our ability to effectively communicate design and construction strategies to keep them fully informed about project progress. Gilbane obtained input from facility user groups before starting construction to ensure their needs would be met, defining lines of accountability and getting buy-in on key milestone dates.