Blach to Build New $25 million Student Health and Counseling Center at San Jose State University


Santa Clara, Calif. – Blach Construction Company, a commercial building contractor and construction manager serving Northern California and the Central Coast, was recently awarded a $25 million student health and counseling center at San Jose State University.

Following a thorough design-build competition, Blach and its design partner, Ratcliff Architects, were selected to build a three-story, 53,000 s.f. student health and counseling facility at San Jose State University. The building will serve as a gathering place for students and support a culture of wellness while promoting active student life.

The new facility, located at the intersection of Paseo de San Carlos and 7th Street, will provide complete health and counseling services and support the university’s overall student health services program. Design development began in October 2012, with construction scheduled for July 2013 through December 2014.

As a key part of the project’s open and flexible design, Blach will be using an innovative prefabricated structural system from ConXtech, which will expedite erection of the building’s structural steel. Components of the new health and counseling center include expanded support spaces and administrative office suites, exam/screening rooms and ample space for massage, acupuncture, dentistry and optometry programs.

“This project allows Blach to begin what we hope will be a long and successful relationship with San Jose State University and the CSU system,” said Scott Bergstrom, Blach project executive. “Our years of experience building projects on active K-12 and higher education campuses will be key to delivering a great project.”

The building will house approximately 70 employees and 20 student assistants. In addition, the new facility is being built as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold equivalent project. Sustainable design principles will be implemented, such as optimized energy performance, water efficient landscaping and maximum use of daylight.

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 full-service regional offices located in Sacramento and Monterey.

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