Blach announced today that building industry veteran Tony Mirenda, P.E. is joining the company’s senior management team as a project executive. Presently president and CEO of TBI Construction and Construction Management, Mirenda is winding down and closing that business and will begin his new role with Blach Construction within the next month.
Mirenda began his construction career in 1982 after earning a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University. Shortly thereafter, he received both a General Contractor’s license as well as his Professional Civil Engineer’s license. He worked for the Carl N. Swenson Co. until 1987 when he joined TBI. Mirenda helped build TBI into one of the most successful and respected firms in the Bay Area and in 2004, he purchased the company from owners Chuck Toeniskoetter and Dan Breeding.
“We are delighted to have Tony joining us,” noted Mike Blach, president & CEO. “We have admired Tony and his firm for many years, and we are excited to be combining forces and to have his leadership and passion here at Blach.”
Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Mirenda, 52, has spent his entire professional career there and has worked on and led many of Silicon Valley’s landmark construction projects, starting with his first assignment on the major renovation of the Basilica Cathedral of St. Joseph in downtown San Jose in 1987. He also has led the multiple award-winning renovation of the historic Old Santa Clara County Courthouse, as well as building numerous churches, schools and community facilities. One of his most notable recent projects is the highly acclaimed Portola Valley Town Center, which has been certified LEED Platinum and was voted one of the Nation’s Top Ten most sustainable projects.
“While this has been a very difficult decision to close TBI Construction & Construction Management, Inc., after spending 25 years of my life there, I am extremely excited at the opportunity of joining Mike and his fine firm,” stated Mirenda. “They have always demonstrated the type of business ethics and philosophy that we embrace. I’m very thankful that Mike enthusiastically embraced this idea when I first approached him about this concept. Together, we can continue to provide the same high quality service and product for our clients and community that I continue to be passionate about within our industry. And I’m very excited to continue my career within my home community of the San Francisco Bay Area.”
Mirenda also is a leader in the construction industry. He currently is vice president of the Construction Employers Association, a co-founding board member of the Santa Clara County Construction Careers Association (SC4A), has served as co-Chair for the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Development Review Committee in conjunction with the City of San Jose, and has most recently been named as a Construction Management Advisory Council Member for the National Labor College back in Silver Spring, Maryland. Other boards and committees are numerous including the St. Francis High School Foundation Board, a former Board Member for the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, and an Advisory Board Member for the Campbell Veteran’s Memorial Foundation.
Early industry reaction to Mirenda joining Blach Construction has been positive. Ernie Yamane, veteran architect and senior vice president at San Jose-based Steinberg Architects, commented, “I have enjoyed a relationship with both Tony Mirenda and Blach Construction that spans over two decades. While saddened at the loss of one of the quality contractors in our community, I know the combination of these two talents, who share the highest standards of quality, service, and professionalism, will be nothing short of fantastic! I am personally excited to explore our next opportunity to work together.”
Founded in 1970, 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 Silicon Valley, with regional offices in Stockton and Monterey. For the past three years, the firm also has been recognized in the top six of the Best Places to Work competition in the greater Bay Area.