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Gillis Gilkerson Stabilizes the Old Mason Opera House in Snow Hill, Maryland


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SALISBURY, MD – February 10, 2015 – Gillis Gilkerson, one of the most stable and trusted general contracting and construction management firms on Delmarva, announced the completion of renovations to stabilize the Old Mason Opera House on the corner of Washington Street and Snow Hill Road in Snow Hill, Maryland.  The 5,000 square foot opera house has been in a state of disrepair with a portion of the roof collapsing and caved in walls.

“The building is 100 years old and has continued to deteriorate for the last 40 years,” said Bob Donnelly, Snow Hill Public Works Director.  “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.” 

The Gillis team stabilized the building through repairs made to the foundation, the installation of a new roof on a section of the building and a new metal frame to support the walls.

 “The Opera House is an important piece of the town’s history,” said Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson.  “We appreciate the opportunity to help rehabilitate this structure knowing that ultimately it will support economic development in the local community.” 

“The property is an open canvas now with potential for bringing a new opportunity to evolve in the space,” added Donnelly.”


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.


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What Our Clients Say

“Without the professionalism and know-how of the Gillis Gilkerson team, all of our fundraising efforts would not have given us the final result of a beautiful symbol of our maritime heritage on the shores of the Choptank. The project’s unique design required an expertise and adaptation to construction in a maritime environment that Gillis Gilkerson was able to deliver.”

~ Jackalyn A. Noeller,
President,
Choptank River Lighthouse, Cambridge, MD

“For a design/build project it is unusual for the initial cost estimates and timing to be maintained and in this case the project was completed on time and the costs were held to the contract level. In going into a design/build project like this, one always wonders if the right decision was made on the contractor selected. Now that the project has been completed, I can say that I know we made the right decision with Gillis Gilkerson.”

~ Norman S. Grubb,
Assistant to the President,
USAir Express

“From start to finish, Gillis Gilkerson was phenomenal to work with. Through the bid process they were completely on target and with the timeline of the project. Tyler Barnes is hard working and a pleasure to work with. He pushed the project through the short timeline and really went above and beyond to meet our deadline.”

~ Jeffery Phillips,
Developer

“The Gillis Gilkerson team should be commended for attention to detail and determination to produce a job done right. Whenever there was a question of the requirements, it was approached reasonably, rationally and resolved quickly.”

~ W. Frank Brady,
4Site Manager,
Design Atlantic

This was definitely not an off-the-shelf type hotel. It was a custom design to maximize our guests’ experiences. There is nothing like this anywhere in our market area. Gillis Gilkerson did a great job and the quality and craftsmanship is second to none.

~ Christian Hudson,
Hudson Management Group

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