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Rhode Island Veterans Administration, Veterans Home Additions and Renovations

$94 million, state-of-the-art 208 bed facility providing skilled nursing and residential care on 49 acres supporting our veterans and their families.

Gilbane is providing construction management at-risk services for a replacement residential facility to house Rhode Island veterans. Some of the services that the facility will provide include social, medical, nursing, and rehabilitative services. The project includes construction of six new single-story “neighborhood buildings” built around a two-story commons building with amenity space for residents, as well as administrative offices.  Demolition of approximately 180,000 square feet of the existing 200,000 square foot facility and renovation of the remaining 20,000 square feet will take place prior to new construction.

To make room for the new construction, the existing 60-foot tall 1890’s Water Tower needed to be relocated.  The structure was moved at a speed of one mile per hour, taking nearly three hours via the use of “tire dollies.”    Click here to watch the Tower Move, courtesy of RKNR Media. 

A video of a flyover the site in June 2016 is shown below (courtesy of JP Cloutier):

Construction activities currently underway include:

    • Site improvements to include excavation, grading, paving, landscaping, and amenities
    • Extensive utility systems upgrades including removal, abatement, and upgrades of all major utility systems
    • Parking and pedestrian circulation
    • Environmental abatement and demolition activities in the existing facility
    • Preservation and relocation of historic structures, including the historic water tower and garage buildings

Read news coverage on this project from Providence Journal and Channel 10.

Client Value

Interdisciplinary Document Coordination (IDC) is a preconstruction service designed to identify, track and communicate construction document coordination issues to the design and project teams prior to procurement and before construction. By taking a project’s nearly complete construction documents (plans, specifications, and bulletins) and comparing/contrasting them to one another, we can easily identify coordination issues between construction disciplines.