Blach Construction Awarded $30 Million Mixed‐Use Project in Palo Alto

College+Terrace+01Santa Clara, Calif. – Blach Construction Company, a commercial building contractor and construction manager serving northern California and the central coast, was recently awarded the design and construction of College Terrace Centre (, a $30 million, 66,000 square‐foot, LEED‐certified, mixed‐use project in Palo Alto.

Slated to begin construction in spring 2014 with a delivery date of August 2015, College Terrace is a two‐ and three‐story, Class A, steel‐framed development with two levels of underground parking, located on 1.4 acres fronted by El Camino Real in Palo Alto, just one block from the Stanford University campus and Stanford Research Park. Upon completion, College Terrace will feature a neighborhood grocery store, an open‐air market area and retail shops, office space, a freestanding residential building comprising eight units and ample below‐grade, on‐site parking.

Blach has joined an experienced team to build this project, including the project’s construction lender, Canyon Capital Realty Advisors, Twenty‐One Hundred Ventures, LLC, a development team based in Redwood City, California, as well as Carrasco & Associates, an experienced architect with a long list of Palo Alto projects.

“We are thrilled to begin construction of College Terrace Centre and provide much‐needed Class A office and amenities to the Palo Alto area” said Shawn Patrick Smailey, Managing Member of Twenty One Hundred Ventures. “Blach’s local knowledge combined with their LEED certification experience will prove indispensable. We have every confidence that this project will be a success.”

“We at Blach are very excited to build this landmark mixed‐use project in Palo Alto and begin a long‐ lasting partnership with our developer, Twenty‐One Hundred Ventures, our lender, Canyon Partners, and our broker Cassidy Turley BT Commercial,” said Tony Mirenda, Blach Project Executive. “We look forward to designing and building this highly sustainable and much needed project that will benefit the City, the business community and the neighborhood for many years to come.”

College Terrace Centre incorporates many sustainable features, which include a vegetated roof; clerestory windows to introduce natural light into the center of the building; photovoltaic panels; recycled‐content materials; highly energy‐efficient mechanical, lighting and control systems; Energy Star roofing; and a cistern system for collection and storage of rainwater from vegetated and roof areas. The facility is designed to meet at least LEED Silver criteria and is striving for LEED Platinum.

About Blach Construction Company

Blach Construction Company builds structures of enduring quality and value throughout northern and central California. The company’s experience encompasses a broad cross‐section of commercial, industrial and institutional building types, including education, healthcare, technology, life sciences, professional services and civic/community facilities. Blach is also a recognized leader in sustainable design and construction. The company is based in the Silicon Valley, with a full‐service regional office located in Monterey. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

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