Gillis Gilkerson - Construction Managers / General Contractors
150 West Market Street, Suite 200, Riverview Commons, Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410-749-4821 - Fax: 410-749-7934

GGI Insights: Seeing Construction Through a Developer’s Lens

The process of developing real estate cannot take place without the utilization of commercial construction services—they go hand-in-hand. As a firm specializing in both components of the process, Gillis Gilkerson (GGI) has an extensive, all-encompassing understanding of the complexities these projects can present. For developers, who better is there to work with than a company who can offer construction expertise backed by decades of development experience? A team who understands their unique goals, challenges, strategy and bottom line; a team who has played the role of developer and therefore understands the needs and requirements of a general contractor in the (re)development realm.

With 40+ years of experience in commercial real estate development, Dennis Silicato, President of Silicato Development, decided to try something new. For years, Silicato’s focus had primarily been on the development of shopping centers, housing developments and industrial complexes— medical developments were outside of his wheelhouse. Silicato saw an opportunity to create a one-stop shop for healthcare in Milford, Delaware and formed a strategic partnership with Gillis Gilkerson’s construction team, proven specialists in the medical construction industry.

 “I don’t believe in re-inventing the wheel,” said Silicato.  “I have a strong relationship with Gillis Gilkerson and knew as a general contractor, they had deep experience in medical construction, so I hired them for the 10th Street Medical Center I am developing in Milford.”

Silicato added that Gillis Gilkerson’s real estate development arm only added value in his decision to hire the construction company to do the job. 

“They get it done right,” added Silicato.  “They give me guidance and literally lay out the do’s and don’ts while facilitating the project.  I trust Dwight Miller (President, GGI) and the Gillis Gilkerson team completely.”

“When we work with developers, we focus heavily on our relationship with them,” said Brad Gillis, Principal of GGI.  “Each project is built on trust.  We have a thorough understanding of the process and know the priorities of a developer. We know the information they want up front and are able to speak their language in a way that complements their goals while also helping them to budget by being proactive and transparent.”

The ideal construction and development team pairs investment means with drive, vision and a history of successful project execution. Gillis Gilkerson’s ability to analyze the construction process through a developer’s lens makes for a streamlined, efficient build. The team can assess the “construct-ability” of a project prior to breaking ground, resulting in cut costs, seamless timelines and invaluable guidance throughout the building process.


About Gillis Gilkerson

In its 37th year of building and real estate development on Delmarva, award-winning Gillis Gilkerson has built a reputation as one of the most trusted and stable construction management and general contracting firms on the Peninsula. From new commercial construction to renovation, the company’s construction managers offer broad and deep experience in diverse industries such as medical, industrial, manufacturing, hotels, multi-family housing, houses of worship, restaurants, retail, schools and more. Its full-service real estate development expertise offers custom solutions for land purchase, building program development, turnkey project management, obtaining permits and approvals, property management, property marketing, purchase, lease, and lease/purchase options. The team works in conjunction with architects, government planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, contractors, and leasing agents to manage the development process from concept to completion.


What Our Clients Say

“The global expertise in all aspects of the building construction and access to various sub-contractors was a blessing given the number of technical details that needed to be attended to while we obtained certification from the state health care officials.” 

~ Genesh Balu,
Regional Enterprises, LLC,
Seaford Specialty Surgery Center

“I am happy with the improvements being made by Gillis Gilkerson. Quality performance is a priority and they have exceeded our expectations even under a tight schedule. One would never know the units are thirty years old with the like-new reconditioned interiors.”

~ Tom Ayd,
Green Street Housing

“I want to take the opportunity to thank you and your staff for the outstanding job you have done despite many obstacles you faced (regulating authorities, weather, architectural nuances) … You managed to complete the project in time, on budget and with superior quality and elegance … You should know that your contributions are highly valued and praised.”

~ Nick Kypreos,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees,
Salisbury School

“The building is 100 years old and has continued to deteriorate for the last 40 years. To be honest, I wasn’t very positive about trying to save the building in the beginning.I thought it was a waste of time and money. When Gillis Gilkerson started working with our engineers and demonstrated experience with this type of project, I was relieved to say the least. They had contractors lined up and everything went according to plan. I would be tickled to work on another project with Gillis Gilkerson.”

~ Bob Donnelly,
Snow Hill Public Works Director

“The Salisbury Zoo is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Gillis Gilkerson on its Animal Health Clinic project. Successful completion of the Clinic project was an essential component of the continued growth and professional accreditation of the Zoo. Additionally the project represented an active partnership between the Zoo, the City of Salisbury, the State of Maryland, and the Delmarva Zoological Society and the regional philanthropic community. All these factors made it imperative that the project be completed in a timely and budgetarily consistent fashion.”

“Gillis Gilkerson seamlessly made the transition from outside contractor to partner in the Animal Health Clinic project. They were proactive about reviewing the plan documents and specifications early in the construction process to make sure there were no problems as the work started. The team made every effort to stay ahead of the curve and even worked on marginal weather days in order to keep the project moving and on schedule. Gillis Gilkerson was just as invested in the success of this project as the Zoo, the City, and the rest of the project team.”

“The Salisbury Zoo would be happy to once again partner with Gillis Gilkerson on future endeavors.”

~ Ralph Piland,
Salisbury Zoo Director

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