Residence Halls & Commons Building
Blach recently completed a major transformation of Santa Clara University’s residence halls in order to rapidly merge two 60-year-old buildings and construct a new commons building.
The McLaughlin-Walsh Residence Hall project was developed in order to help the University provide improved amenities to its students and to unify the on-campus housing community. The improvements included renovations to the existing McLaughlin and Walsh residence halls and construction of a new three-story commons building. The new building merges the two halls and provides leisure, event and study space for students and staff. The unified building will also serve as home for the Unity Residential Learning Community.
The residence halls’ renovation included the addition, replacement and expansion of bathrooms throughout the building, kitchen additions, new finishes, electrical and data systems and reconfiguration of staff apartments. Blach collaborated with San Jose-based design firm Steinberg Architects (www.steinberg.us.com) to deliver the renovation portion of the 55,000 sq.ft. project in 11 weeks, just in time for the fall quarter. Construction of the new commons building was completed in five months, with an opening date of January 2015.