New Student Union Building
Blach was selected to join a pool of firms performing construction services to the Fremont Union High School District. Blach’s first project with the District involved the construction of a 30,000 s.f. Student Union Building at the Cupertino High School campus.
Completed in 2013, this facility encompasses a library, cafeteria, administrative offices and guidance support services. The project required extensive coordination with campus operations during the demolition of the existing facility and construction of its replacement.
Blach used BIM/3D Shop drawing level modeling for this project and detailed all rebar in the BIM model to provide highly accurate bids. This also increased productivity in the field by providing the superintendent and subcontractors with exact information of where each component of the project was to be located. In addition, for two weeks, representatives from all subcontractors were co-located to coordinate and be available to each other for any questions, avoiding unnecessary clashes, increasing productivity and saving time.
The result of this process was a highly accurate BIM model to be used in the field from which the team could generate images to accompany RFIs. This model not only helped subcontractors locate the exact installation points for their components, but it also allowed them to manufacture their materials to precise proportions.
Blach has also performed and is performing multiple modernization projects throughout the District. Work includes alterations to Building 200 at Cupertino High School, which involves transforming the existing library into classrooms, storage rooms and conference rooms, totalling $2.9M. In addition, Blach also transformed 4,500 s.f. of administrative space into classrooms in the existing Building 700 at the same campus, totalling $1.2M.
Further work includes a $1.4M project involving installation of six new modular classrooms and modernization of two science classrooms at Cupertino High School as well as a $2M project involving site work and improvements for the installation of a modular building and relocation of the MDF room at the District Office.