Republic Urban Properties & Blach/Cahill JV | October 14, 2021
Building partners at Gateway at Millbrae Station – Republic Urban Properties and Blach Construction/Cahill Contractors Joint Venture (Blach/Cahill) – have teamed up with Prescient Co., a construction technology company that aims to revolutionize the industry by speeding up construction time, substantially lowering project costs, and reducing waste.Gateway at Millbrae Station is one of the largest transit-oriented developments in the Western United States. The mixed-use complex, set to be completed by Blach/Cahill in summer 2022, will assist in addressing Bay Area housing needs, as well as bolster office, hospitality and other urban amenities. Poised to create 1,100 new jobs, the project also provides access to sustainable transportation through BART, CalTrain, and SamTrans, with close proximity to San Francisco International Airport. It will include 320 market-rate apartments, 80 Veteran-preferred affordable units, a 164-room Marriott Residence Inn, 150,000 sq. ft. of Class-A office space, 44,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail and restaurant space, and establish new public open spaces, plazas, pedestrian/bike paths and dog parks.
Republic Urban Properties and Blach, two agile companies with deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area are driving innovative solutions that address perennial industry challenges, including schedules and budgets, which are often adversely affected when unexpected problems arise. In sourcing materials for Gateway at Millbrae Station, the partners weren’t looking for small ways to cut costs and timelines. Instead, they were looking for greater efficiencies, enhanced quality and improved worker safety to significantly impact the overall building process and value of the finished product. Where they landed can be considered a paradigm shift.
Enter Prescient Co., a pre-engineered, prefabricated light gauge metal frame building system that utilizes design integration, advanced manufacturing, and rapid assembly to cut overall project costs and reduce project schedules throughout the construction process. To Republic Urban Properties and Blach/Cahill, the Prescient system has been a game-changer for this large-scale project.
“When you think of a typical industrial company, two to five percent of revenue is invested every year in research and development while in IT, it is up to twelve percent; you don't see those percentages within the construction industry,” explains. “There are many people who are taking different parts of that value chain to innovate in, but at the end of the day, there is really no platform like Prescient that marries the hardware piece of construction with the digital and software suite of applications to produce and execute projects in one seamless process with a continuous digital thread.”
-Magued Eldaief, CEO of Prescient Co
In fact, Prescient’s system played a key role in the completion of the mixed-use complex’s light-gauge steel framing structure earlier this summer. “Starting a project in March 2021 and topping out that project in July 2021 is absolutely unheard of in recent times for an apartment construction type,” says Michael Van Every, CEO of Republic Urban Properties.
The building team’s investment in efficient construction practices at Gateway at Millbrae Station has enabled a myriad of benefits, in addition to reducing project timelines. The Prescient metal framing system produces less waste on-site than other materials, reduces the amount of on-site staging area needed, provides substantial safety and accuracy benefits, decreases insurance costs, and streamlines the project’s labor requirements. Blach/Cahill introduced Prescient to Republic Urban Properties as a solution for the massive housing project’s unique timeline challenges and the desire to employ an efficient metal-frame construction methodology.
“Construction is an inherently complex and dangerous undertaking, particularly when dealing with a project of this scale,When we discovered Prescient’s platform, we knew it would be a perfect fit for Gateway at Millbrae Station, not only allowing us to gain incredible cost and time efficiencies on this massive project, but one that would greatly improve worker safety. Ultimately, the Prescient solution has allowed us to prefabricate 80 percent of the building structures offsite in a controlled environment.”
-Blach Vice President James Woodbury
As the Bay Area community awaits the unveiling of Gateway at Millbrae Station, the building team will continue to break barriers and deliver innovative solutions that result in dramatic efficiency gains.
“Our industry may be struggling, trying to maintain costs and schedules, but we are experiencing success,” said Reyad Katwan, COO of Republic Urban Properties. “We’re building on our experiences, and continually improving. We believe so much in this partnership among the three companies that we’re already envisioning future projects with the same team going forward.”
About Republic Urban Properties
Republic Urban Properties is the West Coast Division of the Republic Family of Companies, known for developing quality real estate throughout the United States, from land development and historic adaptive reuse to shopping malls. Republic specializes in transit-oriented and mixed-use projects, is involved many projects in the public and private sector areas for acquisition and/or land joint venture partnerships and builds landmarks. This innovative, lean team has a magnitude of experience working closely with state, county, and city governments to successfully navigate the intricacies of California’s regulatory environment. Republic Urban Properties is developing over 5.7 million square feet of multifamily, office, retail and hospitality, with an estimated market value among projects slated for completion within the next five years totaling approximately $1.79 billion. Ranked in the Top 50 Bay Area Developers by the San Francisco Business Journal, Republic plays an integral role in making San Jose and the Peninsula one of the top three multifamily markets in the country. Learn more at republicfamilyofcompanies.com/about/republic-urban-properties/ or via LinkedIn.
About Blach Construction
Founded in 1970, Blach Construction builds structures of enduring quality and value throughout California. The company’s experience encompasses a broad cross section of education, housing, institutional, mixed-use and workplace building types, including technology, life sciences, professional services, health care, K-12 and higher education, and civic/community facilities. A leading innovator, Blach is dedicated to incorporating advanced construction techniques, leveraging its prefabrication, self-perform and virtual design and construction expertise where and when possible. With a solid understanding of traditional and collaborative delivery methods, Blach is dedicated to offering greater efficiencies and increased value to clients.
The firm consistently wins awards across the construction industry and general business community for its projects, innovation, employee engagement and community service. Quality and safety are at its core. As a result, Blach is continually ranked as a “Top Contractor in California” by Engineering News-Record and has received multiple “Construction Safety Excellence Awards” from the Associated General Contractors of California, earning 1st Place in 2020 (Building Division – under 400,000 worker hours). Additionally, and as a testament to its company culture, Blach has been recognized repeatedly since 2009 as a “Best Place to Work” in the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal/San Francisco Business Times.
Blach is headquartered in San Jose with branch offices in Monterey and Orange County. To learn more, visit blach.com and engage with us on LinkedIn.
About Prescient Co.
Prescient’s integrated architectural and engineering digital software platform leverages precision off-site manufacturing to enable construction and efficient project delivery. Designed for advanced professionals who plan, design, and build multi-unit housing and hospitality structures, the Company’s digital design-build system harnesses the power of technology to revolutionize the building environment. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Prescient holds over 100 patents across 30 countries for its hardware system and digital thread technology platform. To date, Prescient has completed 57 buildings and 9.1 million square feet through its software and IP, which enables architects and building owners to drive down construction costs, increase ROI and improve efficiency across the entire development, construction, and operating value chain.
Raken | September 18, 2020
Raken, the top-rated mobile field management solution for the construction industry, today announced the Segmented Daily Reports feature to enhance its product offering. The newly released feature allows field teams to submit multiple daily reports for complex projects, providing better visibility into site progress, improved organization and more streamlined internal communication. Segmented Daily Reports enable users to create multiple daily reports for each building or location and submit timesheets that reflect 24/7 work hours for different crews. Field teams are able to collaborate to provide a full picture of progress by submitting individual reports on a single project. Previously, field management apps limited daily reports to a single submission per day, complicating the documentation of jobsites that require multiple foremen, shifts, locations or phases. Collaborating on a single report has historically been a struggle for field teams, as it requires extra coordination at the end of the day and often results in incomplete and inconsistent reports being shared with stakeholders. With Segmented Daily Reports, crews can submit their own individual reports, on their own time, with greater detail—which are then automatically aggregated into a single document for better visibility in the office.
Touchplan | March 02, 2022
Touchplan, an award-winning collaborative construction planning software platform that helps make construction project outcomes more predictable and profitable, and Cianbro recently entered into an enterprise-wide agreement for a third consecutive year.
The agreement provides the Maine-based construction firm and their selected subcontractor partners unlimited use of Touchplan's intuitive daily planning software on all construction projects within the Building group. Along with collaboration capabilities that link the master schedule to the daily plan anywhere and anytime, Touchplan will provide unique jobsite data and analytics across all Cianbro projects via its planning software platform and through the development of its API capabilities to increase overall project efficiency for one of the nation's largest and most diverse, employee-owned construction firms.
Presently operating in more than 40 states and employing over 4,000 team members, Cianbro provides preconstruction, general contracting, design-build and construction management services. The company also has the in-house resources to self-perform several trades, including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, telecommunications, thermal, fabrication, and coating.
Ranked #88 on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) 2021 The Top 400 Contractors, Cianbro is best known for managing major construction projects, its self-performing capabilities and hands-on construction techniques.
"At Cianbro, our team of professionals is committed to safely delivering projects on schedule and within budget, Improving collaboration in the field is critical, which is why we continue to invest in construction planning software such as Touchplan, allowing us to effectively plan projects with more certainty, regularly lower risk, and deliver the highest quality projects for our owners."
-Bruce Cummings, General Manager at Cianbro.
Touchplan's innovative daily project planning and analytics platform is trusted by more than 46,000 design and construction professionals around the world. To date, more than 3,300 project teams have used Touchplan successfully to optimize the delivery of over $55.4 billion in construction.
"Touchplan combines easy-to-use software with data that can be updated instantly, allowing construction teams to collaborate effectively, resulting in more predictable and profitable projects, We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Cianbro as they continue to enhance their construction operations. Selecting Touchplan as their construction planning software of choice for a third year shows their enterprise-wide confidence in our ability to improve the outcomes on every project."
-Jimmy Suppelsa, Chief Revenue Officer for Touchplan.
Founded in 1949, Cianbro is one of the United States' largest open shop, 100% employee-owned construction and construction services companies. Presently operating in more than 40 states and employing over 4,000 team members, Cianbro serves several diverse markets, including Building; Industrial & Manufacturing; Infrastructure; and, Power & Energy. Learn more at cianbro.com.
Touchplan is a leading daily construction planning software that makes project outcomes more predictable and profitable. It strives to deliver approachable, progressive jobsite data and analytics solutions that transform construction into a more collaborative, transparent, and predictable process for everyone involved. Touchplan is committed to its belief that learning from data is the key to rapid recovery from project variances and improving both project certainty and profitability. Touchplan is the software division of privately held MOCA Systems, Inc. Learn more about Touchplan at touchplan.io.