Gillam Group Inc.: Stressing Teamwork, Transparency and a Tailored Approach

Gillam Group Inc. (GGI) may have only been incorporated in April 2011, but the construction management company represents the culmination of decades of hard work and experience on major capital projects. GGI’s founders formed the company after establishing a strong reputation in the institutional, commercial and industrial market sectors working for some of the country’s leading general contractors. The GGI team takes pride in delivering complex projects within a framework of transparency, teamwork and trust.

“We strive to be a user-friendly business, providing a sophisticated service,” says Marcus Gillam, president and CEO of GGI. “Most importantly we listen closely to our clients to determine their unique needs.” Gillam is a professional engineer by training, bringing a penchant for preconstruction services to GGI along with a breadth of experience from having worked his way up from project estimator to executive at one of the country’s largest general contracting companies. During his 18-year tenure at a previous company, Gillam helped steer progress on major capital investment projects like the redevelopment of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, along with a number of public-private partnership (P3) projects.

The GGI team today leverages the experience of its executives to deliver projects with exceptional capability, taking an informed approach to every challenge. The company emphasizes the importance of making progress through preconstruction services, planning out every stage to mitigate risks and coordinating teams to work most efficiently.

Unparalleled Experience

The company’s emphasis on preconstruction services is not unusual considering the professional accomplishments of its executives. Joel Parke, vice president of preconstruction at GGI, brings over 35 years of experience in preconstruction planning and management, along with 15 “Best of the Best” awards from the Toronto Construction Association and a reputation for promoting a high level of communication and awareness in the industry. Parke’s portfolio includes major Toronto landmarks like Union Station and the Royal Ontario Museum, along with P3 projects, hotels, universities, manufacturing facilities and many others types of projects.

Similarly, Temple Harris, vice chairman at GGI, joined the company after almost 20 years of service as the president and CEO of the Toronto Construction Association. Harris contributes a keen eye for business development and communications, ensuring GGI brings together the industry’s best and brightest for long-term success.

GGI specializes in construction management and project management, but the company can also oversee projects in a design-build or general contracting capacity. The GGI team prides itself on forging long-term relationships with clients by protecting and respecting the interests of clients throughout the process and incorporating principles of sustainability into every project. Integrity, efficiency and a safe work environment are stressed at all times, so GGI can foster a nonadversarial and anti-claims oriented culture and deliver projects on time, on budget and of exceptional quality.

Though still a young company, GGI has managed to make its mark early on in the institutional, commercial and residential market sectors. GGI will begin work on a major addition to Branksome Hall in summer 2012. The all-girl private school was founded in 1903 and continues to be one of the country’s highest ranked education institutions, but the campus’ disparate elements and age prompted the school to develop a new master plan with the help of &Co Architects (&Co). The addition was designed by MJM Architects and will feature a swimming pool, gymnasium, cafeteria, running track and dance studio.

“We came onto the project during the very earliest stages to build something that the school can afford and support in a way that is consistent with what we have learned from P3 projects,” expands Gillam. Following in the P3 tradition, trade contractors will be brought on early, and any component that could be prefabricated or premanufactured was sourced, prepared and will arrive on-site, well before it is required for construction.

The building was designed to target LEED Silver certification with high efficiency systems and eco-friendly building materials, but the space was also designed to make the most of the campus sweeping views of Rosedale Valley. A clerestory and wide south-facing windows flood the interior with daylight.

Building Momentum

The company is also working on the construction of a luxury mixed-use development along the waterfront in Barrie, Ontario, combining a hotel and condominium residences with retail space at street level. The West Lakefront Hotel and Private Residences will help re-energize lakefront living in Barrie by capitalizing on the area’s urban appeal with amenities like a rooftop pool that joins the building’s two towers, ample underground parking, and the area’s proximity to Toronto. “The residential units are almost completely sold out at this point,” says Gillam.

GGI also landed a contract to oversee the construction of the Deer River Resort and Spa in September 2011. The property is located in the heart of Ontario’s lake lands, positioned strategically within driving distance of five major Canadian cities: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and Barrie. The resort has been developed for multigenerational appeal, bringing together the best of lakeside living, personal wellness and sustainability, with a focus on cardiovascular health.

GGI plans to pursue further projects in the institutional, commercial and industrial market as the company builds momentum and forges lasting customer relationships through passionate, proactive service. Gillam Group Inc.’s team of experienced and enthusiastic professionals will help prove that a tailored approach, transparency and teamwork are essential to success.