WEX Corporate World Headquarters

Portland, ME

Scope of Work

Cianbro was the Construction Manager for a new 116,000 sf, four-story mixed-use world headquarters, with a 19,000 sf roof deck overlooking the Ocean for WEX Inc., a rapidly expanding provider of payment processing and information management services.

Project Details

  • Key Features
    • H-Piles
    • 5,000 sf retail space
    • Utility relocations
    • Structural steel erection
    • Concrete foundations
    • Exterior sheathing (Curtain Wall Systems)
    • Gym, cafe, bike storage, and roof patio
    • Design-build Mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP)

Lean, Innovative, and Unique Project Solutions

One of the unique challenges about this project is that there are many other construction projects underway in the surrounding area, one of which includes another project Cianbro is constructing - a seven-story addition on the Ocean Gateway parking garage. As a result, access to and from the site is limited. Additionally, with absolutely no laydown area, Cianbro is constructing everything from the inside out.

The WEX office building project is an example of a site with logistical challenges typical of urban and other tight construction sites in which Cianbro has considerable experience. As construction has progressed, the project team has coordinated deliveries directly into the footprint of the building closely tied to scheduled work activities while maintaining through access for the surrounding area. There are also material and equipment delivery challenges due to proximity to other significant construction projects underway nearby, including Cianbro’s office façade addition to the existing Ocean Gateway parking garage, as well as congestion related to summer tourism and the Ocean Gateway ferry terminal parking. 

Cianbro’s extensive project planning includes work site daily huddles, weekly pull planning and workflow efficiency management, which are some of the techniques being used by the project team to construct this 116,000 square foot building on a fast track schedule despite the logistical hurdles.