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News » Over $20m » Blach wins Californian college project » published 8 Aug 2017

Blach wins Californian college project

The College of Marin (COM) in California has awarded Blach Construction a US$24.1m design-build project at its Indian Valley Campus.

Conceptual design of the Miwok Center Above: Conceptual design of the Miwok Center

The new Miwok Center will support wellness, kinesiology, aquatics, and athletics programs for students and the surrounding community.

“We are constantly learning about new research on well-being which causes us to rethink how we can incorporate opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and the community to instill healthy habits,” said Dr. David Wain Coon, COM superintendent/president. “I envision this as a center where both mind and body can be developed.”

Facilities in the center include an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a lap pool, a full gymnasium and a fitness center. Locker rooms, classrooms, offices, a lobby, and space for storage will surround the gymnasium and fitness center. The adjacent, outdoor pools will be used for COM and community aquatics classes, teams, meets, and camps, as well as for recreational purposes.

Blach Construction will work with long-time partner ELS Architecture & Urban Design on the project, which will be to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards and has the potential for zero net energy (ZNE) consumption.

“It was a highly competitive selection process, but in the end, Blach + ELS’ innovative proposal fully supports our overall vision of the project,” said Greg Nelson, vice president of finance and college operations. “From the beautiful architectural design to sustainability and total cost of ownership, it was obvious they were the right choice. Their attention to quality and collaborative, service-based approach—coupled with an unprecedented safety record—will undoubtedly result in a facility that is built well and serves College of Marin and the Indian Valley Campus community for years to come.”

The design is now being reviewed, with the project's groundbreaking is slated for summer 2018 and construction anticipated to be complete by summer 2020.



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This article was published on 8 Aug 2017 (last updated on 8 Aug 2017).

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