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