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The Center for Performing Arts


New Conceptual Center for the Sequoia Union High School District. In 2008, Blach was selected to construct a new state-of-the-art performing arts center on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus under a Lease-leaseback approach.  

Menlo-Atherton High School 
Blach served as the general contractor for the construction of the Center for Performing Arts for the Sequoia Union High School District in Atherton, CA.   Blach managed and constructed the $33M captivating performing arts center with complex structural systems and building elements, and also successfully met the changing needs of the client within an ambitious two-year schedule.  

Delivered under the Lease-leaseback approach, the project’s highly conceptual design was inspired by the surrounding heritage valley and coastal oak groves on campus and includes seating for nearly 500, a 65-foot high loft, fly gallery, stage house, orchestral lift, practice and academic meeting spaces, a “green” room and a cafeteria/warming kitchen.    

Construction for the project, which utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM), began in July 2007 and completed in the summer of 2009. Visualizing the juxtaposition of contiguous building components and understanding how they fit into the completed project became a key factor in maintaining accurate and high-quality work.

The Blach team enhanced coordination between the Center’s architectural elements and structural and MEP systems. By modeling the structure and the as-built conditions, Blach managed large numbers of unique conditions with accuracy and efficiency.

Atherton, CA
Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture
Education - Public
Virtual Design & Construction (BIM)
New Construction/ground-up