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

Thomas H. Draper Media Center On Track for Completion

Gillis Gilkerson on Track to Complete Thomas H. Draper Media Center by January 2020

Masonry work is wrapping up and the Gillis Gilkerson team is preparing to build a barrel roof on the two-story Thomas H. Draper Media Center in Milton, Delaware.  The 600 square foot open-air lobby and reception area is designed to complement the current facility, which will house the newly acquired WRDE, Telemundo Delmarva, Loblolly LLC, WBOC’s Sussex County bureau and the company’s digital media division.  The building will be filled with artifacts from Mr. Draper’s life and legacy.

“I was pleased Gillis Gilkerson came in with the best price for the job after putting it out to bid,” said Mr. John Hopkins, vice president & general manager, Loblolly, LLC.  “It was a pleasure working with them on the news complex and now the lobby addition.  They bring professionalism and quality to every job.  Tom always wanted the Milton location to be vibrant and busy, a hub of activity.  It’s happening now.” 

Tom Draper was killed in a bicycle accident in September 2017, outside Milford, Delaware just days before he was to celebrate his 50th anniversary in broadcasting.  Company representatives, family and dignitaries honored Mr. Draper’s life on the anniversary of the launch of WBOC-TV in 1954 with a groundbreaking for the new addition to the media center.

Known for his philanthropic spirit, Tom Draper spent his career giving back to local communities and investing in new business development.  He helped facilitate the development of the former Draper-King Cole Industrial site into Cannery Village and played a role in relocating and expanding the Dogfish Head brewery in Milton.        

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

“We want to express our appreciation for the completion of the apartments at Jefferson II in time to get the residents back in their homes. We believe this was made possible by the quality site supervision provided by Dale Reinhold. Dale’s masterful control of the site, the suppliers and the subcontractors was like a conductor directing an unruly orchestra. On site progress was consistent and organized. When problems were encountered, Dale professionally provided solutions. Dale’s quality site supervision made the Jefferson II project a success.”

~ Arthur W. Edwards, Jr.
The Severn Companies

“Peninsula Regional Health System is committed to bringing care into the community, with the same great outcomes and at the greatest value. Gillis Gilkerson has been an integral partner over the last 25 years, building on a foundation of trust, honor and integrity to make our vision a reality.”

~ Steve Leonard, MMBA, FACHE
Peninsula Regional Health System
Peninsula Regional Medical 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

“Only in knowing of the years of frustration and disappointment in our futile attempts at relocation, expansion and renovation can one understand my elation in seeing a long sought out dream brought to fruition by the professional and caring team at Gillis Gilkerson.”

“Gillis Gilkerson not only wanted our project but also performed it to our exact specifications within our extremely tight time frame – 20 working days!  If asked again, I would build with Gillis Gilkerson – in a heartbeat!”

~ Robert F. Morris,
Delmarva Gymnastics Academy Inc.,
Salisbury, MD

“Gillis Gilkerson is a first class operation and we look forward to working with their team again on the new Millsboro branch. The area is a growing and attractive community that lends itself to investment opportunities. We studied twenty different locations across the Lower Eastern Shore and Millsboro, Delaware consistently ranked near the top for growth in population, banking services, real estate transfers and traffic count.”

~ Marty Neat,
President and CEO,
First Shore Federal

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