A diverse Ohio-based team led by Gilbane Building Co. will take care of the first excavation works of two new Intel planned chip factories in New Albany, Ohio, which form the first phase of what will be a $20 billion investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at the nearly 1,000-acre site.
Intel announced Jan. 21 that it had selected the massive Central Ohio manufacturing campus in Licking County, where it plans to build up to eight semiconductor fabs worth up to $100 billion. of dollars. Construction of the factories, known as fabs, is expected to begin this year and go live in 2025. The company chose Ohio because of its track record as a manufacturing hub, talent pool and infrastructure.
The selection of Gilbane and partners McDaniel’s Construction Co., Northstar Contract Inc and Construction consultancy GTSA marks Intel’s first hiring of construction suppliers for approximately 7,000 construction jobs during construction. The project will also generate tens of thousands of additional indirect and support jobs, including contract positions, electricians and engineers, and jobs in restaurants, healthcare, housing, entertainment and others. companies, according to Intel.
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At least four other companies—Aerial products, Applied materials, Search MAMA and Ultra clean technology— have already announced their intention to set up in the area to be close to the Intel site. Last week, a joint venture between Lincoln Property Co. and Harrison Street announced it was building a 190-acre industrial and data campus on a site adjacent to Intel property.
Build a diverse team
Gilbane will manage the team’s work to prepare the site for the construction of Intel’s planned factories and promote economic inclusion to provide sustainable opportunities for various businesses throughout the project, according to Intel. Local partners, including McDaniel’s, Northstar and GTSA, will provide staff augmentation and consulting services for the first phase of construction.
Building on Intel’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, Gilbane has identified important project goals to maximize diverse participation in all phases of the project. The project targets 20% miscellaneous commercial businesses and 50% residences in the State of Ohio. For workforce inclusion, the project targets 10% minority, female, and veteran workforce participation and 60% Ohio state residency. Gilbane, a family business that has been providing construction management services in Ohio since 1957, has launched outreach programs to achieve the goals.
Calling it a transformative project for Central Ohio, Gilbane President and CEO Thomas Laird, Jr., said in prepared comments that building the mega-campus for Intel presents a tremendous opportunity for Ohio business partners and the local workforce. He said the project continues the strong partnership Gilbane already has with the City of New Albany, The New Albany Co., One Columbus and JobsOhio.
Dan Moncrief III, president and CEO of McDaniel’s Construction, said in prepared remarks that MCCI was pleased to be selected as an integral team member for what he called a monumental project. Moncrief said that since the company was founded 37 years ago, the company has strived to be a leader in its market sector. He said working on the Intel team should provide the company with exposure to continue growing in the future.