Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 181
"We are excited to be part of the team that
will execute the vision of this unique facility," Vice President of Gilbane Construction
Tim Hensey stated when the project broke
ground in 2015. "It has been a privilege
and an honor to work with the Museum
of American Arts and Crafts Movement
and Alfonso Architects through the design
phase for the past year, as we prepared for
the start of construction."
The project is being funded by the Two
Red Roses Foundation, endowed by art
collector, businessman and philanthropist Rodolfo Ciccarello. The museum will
display the foundation's collection of fine
and decorative arts from the Arts and
Crafts Movement that began in Britain and
flourished in Europe and North America
between 1880 and 1920.
As expected, the project is not a cookie-cutter type of job - it involves many complexities and challenges. The complexity of
the museum's construction is due to several
other features that include five separate
elevator shafts and the reinforcement of the
beams to ensure that it can bear the weight
of both the art exhibits and the guests.
In addition, the building's atrium extends
in height to all five floors. There are two
ovoid or rounded structures on the building.
The wood throughout the building is a
handpicked Russian white oak, that once
in place, will get two coats of hand-rubbed
Danish oil. The granite that will make up
the exterior stone facade hails from Brazil.
Gilbane spent weeks making mock-up
columns to make sure the concrete had the
correct grain and charcoal color. Concrete
was poured over wood strip casts and dyed
a dark gray. The museum, which is projected
to generate up to 175,000 visitors annually,
will be another feather under Gilbane's cap.
Gilbane offers a full slate of construction
and facilities-related services. It can tackle
projects across various markets. From
pre-construction planning and integrated
consulting capabilities to comprehensive
construction management, general con-
tracting, design/build and facility management services, Gilbane doesn't shy away
Gilbane Building Company, originally
known as William H. Gilbane and Brother,
was founded in 1873 by William H. Gilbane
and his brother, Thomas, as a carpentry and
general contracting shop in Providence, R.I.
The company started out by focusing
on building homes and later expanded to
churches, hospitals and other buildings.
Today, Gilbane is still a privately held, family-owned company. Since its inception, the
company has experienced healthy growth.
Today, it has more than 50 office locations in
the United States and internationally.
In 2009, Family Business Magazine
ranked Gilbane as the 78th-largest family
business in the United States. According
to Engineering News-Record, Gilbane was
the 16th-largest construction manager
in the United States in 2015. In 2017, the
company advanced from No. 13 to No. 12
on the Engineering News-Record Top 400
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