It Takes a Pretty Big Team to Build an Event Space!
I took this picture during one of what seems like hundreds of meetings with our building team as it appears that building an event space, especially in San Jose, is super complicated and long. We started with our first architect back in October of 2014 and started the design process. It turns out that the project was a bit to too large and complex so we ended up almost a year later with a larger firm called Habitec where we primarily worked with Jon Gutknecht and Jim Starkovich. They have done quite a few larger public spaces and large restaurants so they know their way around the health department and building department when it comes to building a commercial kitchen.
After what seemed like endless go arounds with the various departments, engineers and subcontractors, we were ready for the plan submission to the city’s planning department in January 2016. We had to take Blanco through the planning department before we could begin the building permit process. Along the way we were shopping for general contractors and we found a good fit with Morgan Hill based LWG Construction toward the end of 2016 and we actually broke ground for demolition in September of 2017 thanks to a construction loan from Fremont Bank.
Our target open date in January of 2019, OMG almost 5 years later! Along the way we have worked with acoustical, AV, network, structural, plumbing, electrical, steel, kitchen, designers, and even professional photographers to make sure we have great photo opportunities for weddings, but the real driver of the final environmental design is my partner’s wife, Danielle Messinger. She has worked tirelessly on finding just the right fabric, finishes, paint, tile…you name it (she even found our management fantastic company, Moana) and the end product is going to be amazing and timeless. Thank you Danielle, without you, well let’s not think about that its too scary.