BUSINESS: Republic Urban Properties And Blach/Cahill JV Partner With Prescient Co. In The Use Of Innovative Metal Framing System

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MILLBRAE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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. Blach and

Republic Urban Properties are two innovative companies with roots in San Francisco Bay Area. They are creating new solutions to perennial industry problems, such as schedules and budgets that are often negatively affected by unexpected issues. The partners didn’t look for ways to reduce costs or speed up the timelines when sourcing materials for Gateway Station at Millbrae Station. They were seeking greater efficiency, improved quality, and worker safety to improve the building process and the final product’s value. It can be described as a paradigm shift.

Enter Prescient Company. This pre-engineered prefabricated light gauge metal frame building system uses design integration, advanced manufacturing and rapid assembly to reduce overall project costs and cut down on project timelines. Blach/Cahill and Republic Urban Properties see the Prescient system as a major game-changer in this large-scale construction project.

“If you look at a typical industrial company, 2 to 5 percent of their revenue goes into research and development every year. In IT, it’s up to 12 percent.

Prescient’s system was a major factor in the completion this summer of the mixed-use building’s light-gauge steel framing structure. “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 invested in efficient construction techniques at Gateway at Millbrae Station to provide a multitude of benefits and reduce project timelines. The Prescient metal framing system reduces waste on-site, lowers on-site staging, offers significant safety and accuracy benefits, lowers insurance costs and streamlines project labor requirements. Republic Urban Properties was introduced to Prescient by Blach/Cahill because of its unique timeline requirements and desire to use an efficient metal-frame construction method.

“Construction can be a dangerous and complex undertaking, especially when it is a large project,” stated Blach Vice President James Woodbury. Prescient’s platform was a great fit for Gateway at Millbrae Station. It allowed us to save time and money, as well as improve worker safety. Ultimately, the Prescient solution has allowed us to prefabricate 80 percent of the building structures offsite in a controlled environment.”

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. Reyad Katwan is the COO at Republic Urban Properties. “Our industry may struggle to keep costs and schedules under control, but we’re experiencing success.” “We are building on our experience and constantly 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 is a specialist in mixed-use and transit-oriented projects. It has been involved in many projects in both the private and public sectors for acquisitions and/or land joint-vent partnerships. Republic also builds landmarks. This agile, innovative team has extensive experience working with state, county and city governments to navigate the complexities of California’s regulatory environment. Republic Urban Properties has developed over 5.7 million square foot of multifamily, office and retail space. The estimated market value for all projects is 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 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. Blach is a leading innovator. Blach is committed to incorporating advanced construction methods, using its prefabrication and self-perform capabilities and virtual design expertise. Blach has a deep understanding of both traditional and collaborative delivery methods and is committed to providing greater efficiency and added value for clients.

Blach has won numerous awards in the construction industry and other business communities for its innovative projects, employee engagement, community service, and employee engagement. It is committed to safety and quality. 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 has its headquarters in San Jose and branches in Monterey, Orange County, and San Francisco. To learn more, visit 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. The Company’s digital design and build system is for professionals who design and construct multi-unit housing or hospitality structures. 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.

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