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Gilbane Building Company Names Vande Boom as Special Projects Group Market Leader

Joel Vande Boom
Joel Vande Boom
COLUMBUS, OH — Gilbane Building Company announces that Joel Vande Boom has been named Special Projects Group (SPG) Market Leader in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Michigan. In this new role, Vande Boom will continue to elevate the SPG teams in the region and focus on executing a business strategy that aligns with the company’s future growth in the area.

Since the inception of SPG in 2016, Vande Boom has grown the SPG team from one to a team of 50-plus diverse and multidisciplinary professionals across the Midwest. The team has worked for 35 clients, 20 of which have ongoing continuous work. Vande Boom has also been instrumental in leading Gilbane’s internal SPG group and establishing Gilbane’s brand as a multi-site program builder nationwide. Gilbane’s SPG national client accounts have reached over 30 states with many roll-out, multi-site programs taking place simultaneously.

“Since joining Gilbane eight years ago, Joel has created and nurtured the SPG portfolio into a significant component of our overall business in the Midwest,” said Brett Meyer, Senior Vice President at Gilbane Building Company. “I am so proud of Joel’s accomplishments and leadership, and I congratulate him on a well-deserved promotion.”

“I’m very grateful to continue problem-solving for our current and new clients and develop our SPG team,” Vande Boom said. “With real estate portfolios changing and challenges with space utilization, this work provides a great alignment for our team to showcase their talents. I’m excited about the future of SPG in the Midwest and across the country, and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to lead this group of incredible Gilbane team members.”

Vande Boom is a leader who has created an innovative business model that increases efficiency through analytics and speed-to-market. Vande Boom is committed to employee engagement, developing SPG teams, and engaging in industry and non-industry organizations.

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Vande Boom earned a dual Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering (structural engineering) and construction management with a minor in financial management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2010. He was also a two-time academic All-American athlete and was inducted into the MSOE Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, Vande Boom started his career at M. A. Mortenson Construction, advancing from Project Engineer to Project Manager while working on over $750 million in projects in numerous states. He then joined Gilbane in 2016 as a Project Manager and quickly grew to Senior Project Manager overseeing the SPG team.

Vande Boom's passion continues forward in his desire to give back. He is a youth baseball, wrestling, and flag football coach and serves on the board as treasurer of the Russ Hellickson Central Ohio Youth Wrestling League. He works with organizations like Delay the Disease, Big and Loud (Parkinson Program), and Alzheimer Events through Total Care Therapy.

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services — from preconstruction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build, and facility management services — for clients across various markets. Founded in 1870 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 45 office locations worldwide. Gilbane is a leading construction manager in the Central Ohio market, averaging more than $500 million in revenue annually.

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