San Jose, Calif. (April 26, 2019) – Blach Construction, a full-service and award-winning commercial builder serving the Greater Bay Area and Monterey since 1970, congratulates Senior Estimator Nicole Johnson on her Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award from the YWCA Silicon Valley. Johnson was recognized last night at an 800-person gala event alongside other leading women for their accomplishments, creativity, innovation and dedication to excellence in their fields.
“Nicole’s ability to guide clients from the vision of their project to its actual construction, particularly in today’s landscape of continued and complex cost escalation, is unparalleled,” said Blach President Dan Rogers. “With her keen eye for detail and thoughtful, assured manner, she is an exceptional role model to her colleagues, industry peers and community members and is highly respected by our partners and clients. We are thrilled to celebrate her well-deserved recognition.”
The fourth Blach employee to receive this honor, Johnson joins colleagues Kim Scott, vice president of business development and marketing, Gaye Landau-Leonard, recently retired vice president of human resources, and Laura Bold, vice president of finance, in the TWIN Hall of Fame. Kim, Gaye and Laura were each recognized in 2017, 2013 and 2005, respectively. YWCA Silicon Valley is a cause Blach whole-heartedly supports in its quest to provide much-needed services and programs aimed at eliminating racism and empowering women.
Blach’s first female estimator and an integral member of the overall firm, Johnson joined Blach a decade ago and quickly excelled through the ranks within the estimating team. In her current role as senior estimator, she works closely with the preconstruction, mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) and virtual design and construction (VD&C) groups to provide cost-competitive and accurate project budgets and value engineering analyses that ensure clients achieve their project goals. Additionally, she works cross-functionally throughout the organization to build business and mentor employees, including collaborating with business development to actively secure new client projects, as well as managing and training project engineers and interns who rotate through the firm’s estimating department.
In addition to having a B.S. from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Johnson is a LEED Accredited Professional through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). She serves on the Education Committee of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), was recently appointed to the Board of Directors and Fund Development Committee for the JW House in Santa Clara, which provides home services for families facing medical crises, and is vice chair of the Board of Directors for Recovery Café, a healing community for those affected by addiction, homelessness and mental health challenges.
The YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Awards
Since 1985, the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Awards has honored women in executive-level positions, and the companies that employ them, for exemplifying the innovation, creativity and excellence for which the Silicon Valley is known – including recognizing the importance of advancing women leadership.
About YWCA Silicon Valley
The mission of the YWCA Silicon Valley is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We continue to provide a broad range of services that transform the lives of our diverse community. Our incredible strength lies with the many staff, volunteers, donors, community members and business leaders who share our vision and passion. For more information, please visit www.ywca-sv.org.
Founded in 1970, Blach Construction builds structures of enduring quality and value throughout the Greater Bay Area and Monterey. The company’s experience encompasses a broad cross-section of corporate, education, institutional and mixed-use building types, including technology, life sciences, professional services, healthcare, K-12 and higher education and civic/community facilities. A leading innovator, Blach is dedicated to continually incorporating advanced construction techniques, leveraging prefabrication, self-perform and virtual design and construction capabilities, while investing in new offerings and project delivery methods that enable greater efficiencies and dramatically reduce the overall cost and duration of construction.
The firm consistently wins awards across the construction industry and general business community for its projects, innovation, employee engagement and community service. Recently named the #1 “Best Place to Work” in Bay Area (in the midsize category) by the Silicon Valley Business Journal/San Francisco Business Times, Blach has appeared on the list for 11 years running. The firm also won a 2018 “Construction Safety Excellence Award” from the AGC of California, has been named a top 30 “Great Place to Work” by Fortune Magazine and ranked as a “Top Contractor in California” by Engineering News Record.
Blach is headquartered in San Jose and operates a branch office in Monterey that covers California’s Central Coast. To learn more, please visit blach.com.