In Difficult Construction Market, Gamma Continues North American Momentum With Five New Curtain Wall Wins



Released on: December 19, 2011, 12:28 pm
Author: Tony Katz, Gamma PR Counsel
Industry: Construction

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New York, N.Y. (November 19, 2011) - - Gamma U.S.A., Inc. and Gamma Windows and Walls International Inc. (Canada) - - divisions of the Far East Global Group Limited and ranking among the three largest curtain wall, window wall and recladding companies in North America and the world - - has added five new private and public sector curtain wall projects totaling more than $30 million in construction costs and more than 530,000 square feet in three Canadian cities. Two projects are in Gatineau, the fourth largest city in Quebec Province and immediately across the Ottawa River from Ottawa City; two are in Montreal; and one is in Toronto.

According to Elliot Kracko, Gamma Chairman, We are delighted to be selected as the curtain wall contractor for these projects which represent prestigious names. In Montreal, the jobs are being constructed for:

•  the 40 storey Marriott Courtyard Hotel and condo residences for Canvar Construction of Montreal (Brian Elsden Architects Le Groupe Architex, also of Montreal).

•  the 12 storey Ritz Carlton condo residences for Pomerleau Construction of Montreal (Provencher Roy + Associes Architects, also of Montreal).

In Ottawa/Gatineau, the jobs are for:

•  two different office buildings for the Government of Canada, one 13 storeys and one 16 storeys, both for Broccolini Construction of Montreal (DCYSA Architects and Design - - Desmarais, Cousineau,Yaghijian, St Jean & Associates of Montreal).

And in Toronto, the project consists of:

•  a low rise, prestigious headquarters office on behalf of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario for Bird Construction of Toronto (KPMB - - Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects, also of Toronto.)

For all the projects, Gamma is designing, fabricating and installing unitized curtain walls, fenestration, aluminum paneling and entrances, with the addition of skylights for the Elementary Teachers Federation Building in Toronto, Kracko explains. He cites the ability to manage projects with complexities as a key reason why Gamma was awarded these contracts.

Gamma is known for Performance Assured,' explains Kracko. For clients, this means three key things: the highest level of client responsiveness and certainty that the complexities of a project will be anticipated and addressed; that the job will be done right' in terms of quality, scheduling and budget; and the highest level of predictability for a smooth construction journey with minimal impacts to performance.

New Senior Executives
To help manage our expansion and momentum, I am absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of James G. Mitchell as President of Gamma's Canadian Operations. Jim will be headquartered in Toronto and report to me. Jim Mitchell succeeds Gamma's Louis Fortin, who will now lead engineering and production for Gamma in Canada.

Jim Mitchell is a respected senior executive with over 30 years leadership experience in international markets, Canada and North America in the specialty construction, curtain wall, window wall and recladding industries. Combining experience in leading corporate development, sales and manufacturing, Mitchell previously was Executive Vice President of Oldcastle Building Envelope, Executive Vice President/Owner of Anatamex International (which was purchased by Old Castle) and Director of Sales and Marketing Canada for the Kawneer Aluminum Building Products Division of Alcoa.

I could not be happier to be with Gamma as it continues to build on its record of Performance Assured' for clients in North America and now around the world. With this record and with Gamma's global flexibility in fabrication options and its world-class cost-competitiveness, I am eager to help Gamma extend its leadership, notes Jim Mitchell.

Gamma also is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark I. Ospala as Director of Operations, headquartered in Gamma's office in New York City, according to Kracko.

Mark brings more than 33 years of U.S. and international construction and program/project management experience, having managed the lifecycle of projects from the conceptual stage, design management, construction and closeout. Mark has helped manage the construction of noted projects in both the private and public sectors - - including for the last three years the World Trade Center Project in New York City and previously such projects as Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport, Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York and Tiffany's Customer Fullfillment Center in New Jersey, to name a few, says Kracko.

It's a professional pleasure to be working with Gamma, an industry leader. It is exciting to be a member of the team as we expand in North America across the U.S. and Canada, states Ospala.

New Offices
Reflecting its growth, Kracko says that Gamma is scheduled to open five new North American offices in the next 14 months - - by the end of 2012. These include offices in Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Texas and Toronto, Canada.

Today, the company has 200 employees in operations located in New York City, Miami, Quebec City and Montreal. Gamma's fabrication facilities are located at its North American, state-of-the-art plants - - the 160,000 sf fabrication plant in Miami and the 85,000 sf plant facility in Quebec City, Canada. Gamma also offers fabrication, at customers' choice, at one of Far East Global's three major plants in China which exceed 1 million sf of plant area.

About Gamma
Gamma has a 40-plus year track record in aluminum and glass products, curtain wall, recladding and window wall. Kracko and his 25-year management team have installed curtain wall on notable buildings for the most respected commercial and residential high rise owners, developers, general contractors, construction managers and public entities along the eastern seaboard from Canada to New York City and South Florida .

Elliot and the team also have completed more reclads for New York City's most recognizable buildings than any other company in the industry. In South Florida, Gamma is considered the standard of quality in the market as the premier contractor for large, modern, high-end buildings.

Over the years, Kracko and the Gamma management team have installed curtain wall on most of the buildings in NYC's Time Square - - including Conde Nast headquarters (one of the first green buildings ever constructed), the Reuters headquarters, Ernst & Young, The Renaissance Hotel, the AOL-Time Warner Center, Trump International Hotel at NYC's Columbus Circle, the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, The Marquis (Florida's tallest residential building at 67 stories), the Bell Atlantic Tower in Philadelphia, and Boston's 111 Huntington.

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Contact: Tony Katz, Gamma PR Counsel
914 393 3497 (cell)



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