Salinas, Calif. – (July 10, 2013) – Blach Construction Company, a commercial building contractor and construction manager serving Northern California, the Central Coast and Sacramento, recently completed a full campus renovation for the SPCA for Monterey County (www.spcamc.org) on its 200-acre site.
Over the past six years, Blach and its architect partner, Animal Arts (www.animalarts.biz) of Boulder, Colorado, have conducted a multi-phase transformation of the campus, which was built in 1968. The comprehensive renovation included a new adoption pavilion, a new wildlife center, an equine facility, a rebuilt veterinary hospital, a new barn, a caretaker’s cottage, veterinary clinic, and various site infrastructure improvements and modernizations to the administration and shelter buildings. Blach and its design partner also upgraded site utilities, installed a new water system and demolished several outdated buildings. The project incorporated sustainable materials such as certified lumber, recycled paving and demolition materials and bio-swales.
“Blach Construction was both creative and accommodating in meeting the SPCA’s need to continue operating its programs at full capacity during the multi-year construction project while still meeting all budget and timing milestones,” said Gary Tiscornia, Executive Director of the SPCA. “It was a pleasure working with their professional team.”
The new Adoption Pavilion, opened in January 2012, features flexible accommodation for dogs and cats, natural light and efficient air circulation systems, which complement piano music aimed at keeping the center’s residents calm. Gone are the days of cramped cages and noisy hallways; instead, the center’s furry guests are housed behind glass along spacious corridors, making the area bright, comfortable and quiet. A new separate lobby provides privacy for families undergoing the distressing process of giving up pets and counseling rooms provide space for prospective adopters to get acquainted with their future companions. Many dogs are housed in private rooms and several kennels have outdoor access to a synthetic grass play area via rolling doors.
In addition, the new Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the only one of its kind in Monterey County that offers veterinary treatment to a large array of wild animals, from great horned owls to raccoons, from deer to coyotes. These new facilities are enabling the SPCA for Monterey County to continue providing cost-effective programs through education, partnerships and outreach to the community. In addition, the project will enhance existing treatment facilities and allow for the care of large animals.
“Partnering with the SPCA for Monterey County has been a highly rewarding experience. We are thrilled to have been involved in improving the facilities of such an important community organization,” said John Haupt PE, Blach’s Monterey Region Manager. “The new facility ensures that the SPCA will continue to serve the Monterey Bay community for years to come.”
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 Monterey and Roseville.