Rhode Island's PLA Success

Rhode Island finds success with the use of PLAs


Dunkin Donuts Center Expansion
On February 22, 2006 the Gilbane Building Company authored a Study recommending implementation of a project labor agreement for the State of Rhode Island Convention Center Authority's $50 million Dunkin Donuts Center expansion project. BuildRI contributed a portion of the information reported in the Study. This is the third time an independent committee studied whether or not to implement a PLA on a particular project in Rhode Island and each time these committees recommended implementing a PLA.

Shortly thereafter the issuance of the foregoing report, the Authority formally adopted the Study's recommendations, and on May 18, 2007 the Rhode island Building Trades and Gilbane Building co. entered into a PLA for the construction of this project.

According to the Study, the project itself consists of "several upgraded spectator and athlete amenitites as well as general updating of the facility." Enhancements include reconfiguration of the seating bowl and sightlines to increase available seating, twenty (20) new luxury suites, a club room, improved locker rooms, and improved box office and concession areas. It also includes additional exterior pedestrian walkways, an overhead bridge connecting the Center to the Convention Center and exterior plazas.


NBC Combined Sewer Overflow Project
In 2001, a PLA was implemented for Phase 1 (the largest contract of the overall project) of the NBC Combined Sewer Overflow Project. This project is the largest and most complex public works project in the history of the State of Rhode Island. The construction manager decided to implement a PLA because access to an ample supply of workers who have the skills to competently complete the job was critical to the project's success.


University of Rhode Island - Ryan Center
The recently completed $60,000,000 state-of-the-art Ryan Center was constructed under a PLA, and was completed "on time and under budget." The facility is 200,000 square feet, 3 stories high, and has the capacity to seat 7,700 people. "Rhode Island's premier sports entertainment center," it is home to the URI men's and women's basketball teams and hosts family entertainment, concerts and other community events.


Providence Public Safety Complex
The new state-of-the-art Providence Public Safety Complex was recently completed by O. Ahlborg & Sons, Inc. with all union workers and subcontractors. The facility was completed "on time and within budget."


Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge
In 1989, without the benefit of a Project Labor Agreement, construction of this project was significantly behind schedule and over budget.  After going through two general contractors, a PLA was implemented for the balance of the project.


T.F. Green Bruce Sundlun Terminal & Airport Expansion
In 1994, a PLA was implemented to expand and modernize T.F. Green Airport's terminal. Construction included replacing the existing terminal with a new facility with two new floors. It also included constructing interim facilities, new aprons for the airfields, a new elevated roadway with canopies and walkways, a new parking garage, and removal of all contaminated material. All of this work was completed without interrupting incoming and outgoing flights. More importantly, the project was completed "on time and under budget."


Providence Performing Arts Center Addition
In 1995, a PLA was implemented to successfully construct an addition to the Providence Performing Arts Center in order to accommodate facility requirements for the previously scheduled performances of Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. According to the project manager, "this project was a classic collaboration of labor, management and owner striving for a common goal."


G-TECH Headquarters
BuildRI announced that the Rhode Island building trades reached agreement with construction manager Gilbane Building Company for a project labor agreement on construction of the new G-TECH corporate headquarters. The G-TECH project, which is the first office building to be built in Providence in 16 years, is a 10-story, 210,000 square foot, $80 million building that will be located at the corner of Francis Street and Memorial Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Providence. The owners entered into the agreement because they “determined that the facility must be completed within a specified and limited timeframe”.


Brown University - Life Sciences Building
A project labor agreement was implemented for construction of the new Brown University Life Sciences Building in Providence. According to the agreement, the PLA was entered into because “it is essential that the construction work be done in an efficient and economical manner” in order to assure “timely and successful completion of the Project.”


The facility will be located adjacent to the Grimshaw-Dudiwicz Building and at Brown, Thayer, Olive and Meeting streets. The structure itself will be six stories high with five being above grade. In total, the facility will be approximately 168,000 sq. ft. and will consist of wet biology laboratories, dry analytical laboratories and computer laboratories.


Forest Hill Manufacturing Facility
In 2000, a PLA was implemented to construct Tiffany & Company's new Forest Hill Manufacturing Facility.  According to the construction manager, this was "a very successful project."


560 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant
In 1992, all union workers and subcontractors constructed the 560 Megawatt Power Plant now owned by TransCanada. It was completed under budget and ahead of schedule.

Wal-Mart Plaza
You expect that Wal Mart recognizes value when it sees it.  That’s why, in 1994, the company chose union workers and subcontractors under a project labor agreement to construct the Wal-Mart Plaza on Plainfield Pike in Cranston.