“Things are rapidly changing,” says Mark Quattrocchi, principal and founder of Santa Rosa-based Quattrocchi Kwok Architects. “We are looking at a different way of designing schools to respond to different ways of teaching.” Read the article from ENR California here.
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Student Safety - an important yet emotionally difficult topic. In this recent article, Mark Quattrocchi provides insight into the role design plays in keeping campus communities safe.
San Clemente Elementary School – Larkspur-Corte Madera School District
Mark Quattrocchi was interviewed recently by School Construction News. Check out his thoughts on the role architecture plays in the design of learning environments.
Recently featured in the Press Democrat, this exciting QKA project for Piner High School has just begun construction. Upon completion the new facility will house the school’s Geospatial Technology Program that uses cutting edge tools and real world projects to teach students about global positioning systems, mapping and surveying.
Our innovative client Napa Valley Unified School District was one of the first local districts to purchase a hybrid bus. Under the direction of Transportation Director Ralph Knight, the District continues to expand its green fleet and is planning on purchasing an all-electric bus. Featured in School Bus Fleet magazine, Knight says; ” the incorporation of alternatively fueled vehicles has saved the district millions of dollars.” To read more, check out the article that features a new hybrid bus in front of QKA project Napa Education Center here.
QKA project–the San Mateo Performing Arts Center–was featured on the San Mateo Daily Journal this week. Check out Mark Quattrocchi’s interview.
American Canyon High School received an Honor Award in the “New Built” category during the 2012 C.A.S.H./AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design & Planning Awards at the 33rd Annual Conference on school facilities. Featured on the C.A.S.H. website as the project of the month for March, jurors said; “the inclusion of 5 career pathways, utilizing Career Technical Education funding, as well as a Middle College program, creates a true 21st Century educational experience….The planning and execution are top-notch and the architecture is not confined to a rectilinear vocabulary, thereby giving the overall campus a terrific visual energy.”
*Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
“Through the great partnership with Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) and QKA, this system will provide long term financial savings and hands-on learning for the students about the positive impact of solar power,” said Chris Robine, CEO and President of SPG Solar.
The over 4,000 American-made solar panels, mounted on the school’s roof and on a fixed-tilt ground mount system, will produce over 1.1 million kilowatt hours annually, equivalent to providing power to over 105 average American homes annually.
American Canyon High School has been certified by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) – a green building rating system for K-12 school, similar to LEED for Schools. American Canyon High School is the highest ranking CHPS verified school in California.
“The new solar power system at American Canyon High School is an excellent example of NVUSD’s leadership. By building upon the sustainable design of their campus and showing their commitment to the environment the District will save a significant amount of money that can now be used for educational purposes,” said Aaron Jobson, Principal at Quattrocchi Kwok Architects.
At the ribbon cutting celebration Wednesday November 16th, Bill Orr, Executive Director of CHPS was on hand to present the CHPS verified plaque to Principal Mark Brewer and Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sweeney. In honor of this green building certification, Melissa Rodezno, an aide to Congressman Mike Thompson, presented the District with a Congressional Recognition certificate.