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Gilbane Building Company Names New President and Chief Operating Officer

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Gilbane Building Company, a global, award-winning leader in construction and facilities-related services and a member of multiple AGC chapters, recently announced Michael McKelvy has joined the company as president and chief operating officer. McKelvy will be based in the company’s Providence, Rhode Island headquarters and formally assumed his new position on July 7.  

Also next month, in anticipation of Gilbane’s foreseeable growth over the next several years, Bill Gilbane, Jr., the company’s president and chief operating officer since 2004, will assume the role of vice chairman where he will devote more of his time to shepherding Gilbane’s business units toward long-term success and strategic growth in partnership with the company’s current leadership team while overseeing McKelvy’s transition.  McKelvy will immediately assume profit and loss responsibility company-wide. 

"Mike truly understands who we are as a company and is a perfect complement to our existing leadership team," said Tom Gilbane, chairman and chief executive officer.  He added, "When we consider the leadership and experience that Mike brings combined with the caliber and expertise of our current senior management, I am incredibly excited and impressed with the possibilities that lay ahead."  

Bill Gilbane commented, "I’m fortunate to be in great health and intend to continue working full-time doing what I love to do - helping our business units grow by supporting project teams on their key pursuits and working directly with clients to ensure continued operational excellence, client satisfaction and an ongoing superior safety record."  He added, "Mike not only brings expertise in a wide range of market segments that parallel Gilbane’s path towards growth, but he is also a terrific cultural fit for Gilbane. He really gets why this is such a special place to work. Tom and I are both looking forward to sharing the reins of the company with someone as experienced and capable as Mike."  With several Gilbane family members currently holding senior leadership positions throughout the organization, Gilbane stands committed to remaining a private, family-owned business and continuing its 141-year old tradition of family leadership within the company.

McKelvy commented, "I am excited to become a part of Gilbane. Their culture of ethics, integrity and client service, all within a total commitment to safety, is in alignment with my experience and values." He continued, "As with my former company, Gilbane’s employees make the difference and set them apart from the crowd. Gilbane is uniquely positioned for growth and continued international expansion.  I am privileged to be able to work with Tom and Bill on Gilbane’s Vision 2017 and the next chapter of Gilbane’s history."  

About Gilbane Building Company
Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Marking its 141st year in operation and still a privately held, family-run company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. To find out what the next 141 years have in store, visit

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