Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) September 11, 2013
Irish dignitaries, including Taoisech Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D., recently joined Gerry Behan, chief executive officer and president of then Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Division of Kerry Group plc and senior executives of Gilbane Building Company to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Kerry Group’s new Global Innovation and Technical Centre, a state-of-the-art 26,200 square meter (282,000 sf) facility that will bring 900 jobs to the area. Gilbane Building Company, which previously built a similar facility for Kerry Americas in Wisconsin, is leading the design/build effort and construction through its new Irish division, Gilbane Ireland Limited.
“We are thrilled to be working with Kerry again and to be building their new facility in Dublin,” said William Gilbane, Jr., Gilbane’s president and chief operating officer who also had the honor of pouring the first cubic meter of concrete for the new building. “In 2010, the Kerry facility we built in Wisconsin won our Builder of the Year award. We look forward to bringing that same level of outstanding quality, service, and client advocacy to this new project. On a personal note, my great-grandfather left Ireland in 1845 as a boy and founded our company in 1873. It is with a great sense of pride that we are now working so closely with Kerry and all of our Irish partners as we return to Ireland as part of our global expansion.”
The new state-of-the-art Innovation and Technical Center will include customer application suites, research and development labs, culinary facilities, sensory services and a center dedicated to customer production commercialization. The heart of the facility will be devoted to production and customer evaluation and include an office building composed of large ribbon windows and suites, which will allow customers to view and test products in a natural environment.
Speaking about the project, Gilbane vice president Adam Jelen remarked, “It is an honor to be part of the Kerry family as a true partner for the design and construction of this new Centre. In doing so, we’ll be applying our proven collaborative team approach, which is based upon transparency, innovative technology including Building Information Modeling, strong control systems such as Lean processes and target cost modeling, value optimization and seamless team integration. We’re pleased to be a part of a design/build team with partners like Kildare County, Kerry Group, HGA Architects and Engineers, RKD Architects, Arup, Bruce Shaw, Brock McClure, McCann FitzGerald, Mason Hayes & Curran, our subcontractors, and members of the community, all of whom are committed to ensuring that this project is a resounding success.”
Note to editors: High-resolution, press-ready photos of the groundbreaking event are available at http://www.gilbaneco.com/NewsLanding.aspx for download and editorial use.
About Gilbane, Inc.
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 140th year in operation and still a privately held, family-run company, Gilbane has more than 60 office locations around the world. To find out what the next 140 years have in store, visit http://www.gilbaneco.com.