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Rhode Island Veterans Administration, Veterans Home Additions and Renovations

State-of-the-art, $110 million, 208 bed facility providing skilled nursing and residential care on 49 acres supporting our veterans and their families.


Gilbane provided construction management at-risk services for a replacement residential facility to house Rhode Island veterans. The veterans had previously lived at a home dating back to 1955 on the same 110-acre site in Bristol.  The new 208-bed, 260,000 sf-plus home was designed by Brewster Thorton Group Architects of Rhode Island and SFCS of Virginia and encourages mobility, activity and socialization.   Residents now live in cottages equipped with a private living space including bedroom and personal bathroom.

Designed and built to retain a residential feel, the new Veterans Home contains six distinct “neighborhoods” containing two cottages that house 16 residents in each.  Each neighborhood has a private family dining room and living space featuring a fireplace and comfortable atmosphere that offers families an opportunity to visit, socialize and dine with guests.   The Commons building offers residents access to a bistro, arts and activities center, a beauty/barber shop, a pharmacy, medical services, a chapel, library and café dining.   Additionally, physical and occupational therapy, and adaptive sports are available in the fitness/activity area.

“The Gilbane team worked together seamlessly to manage the change process, schedule, budget, safety, security and trade contractor performance, meeting all of our project goals.  One of the unique and important opportunities the Gilbane team provided during the project was to encourage the participation of our residents and staff.  Whether it was during the quality mock-up process to verify quality, functionality, or aesthetics to resident rooms, or sharing detailed communication on project progress with resident veterans who were both curious and interested (many with technical backgrounds I should add), this involvement resulted in our staff and residents feeling both connected and invested in their new home before, during and after completion,” said  Kasim J. Yarn, Director, Office of Veterans Affairs, State of Rhode Island.  He added, “We know this will translate into a very high level of satisfaction by both staff and resident veterans for years to come.”

To make room for the new construction, the existing 60-foot tall 1890’s Water Tower was 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):

Read news coverage on this project from Providence Journal and Fox 12.

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.