The Mercury News Highlights QKA’s Projects for Fremont Union High School District


The Mercury News Highlights QKA’s Projects for Fremont Union High School District


Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) recently broke ground on two new multi-use Educational Option buildings, which will house the District's alternative education and support programs. FUHSD chose to use QKA’s innovative building solution Folia to bring the project to life and Principal Aaron Jobson is quoted in The Mercury News’ article on its sustainability and energy-saving benefits. This year also saw the completion of two new Folia buildings for FUHSD’s Cupertino High School.

The below is excerpted from the original article.

Construction has begun on two new multi-use buildings for the Fremont Union High School District. Once completed, they will be used for the district’s alternative education programs.

The buildings, located near the district office in Sunnyvale, will be linked by two bridges, and have open spaces for staff and student interaction, including a courtyard. With 32,000 square feet and total costs of $26.7 million, the project is expected to be finished by the summer of 2019.

The district selected a building design and construction solution called Folia, which was developed by the Bay Area firms Blach Construction, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and Gregory P. Luth & Associates Structural Engineers. Folia uses a two-story design with prefabricated components and features customizable floor plans. The system utilizes steel frames with metal roofs, is solar-ready and has the capacity to be zero net energy. Folia also places an emphasis on natural daylight and indoor air quality.

“Folia is designed as a low energy use building, exceeding the strict requirements of the California Green Building Code and the California Energy Code. The buildings can be configured with electric heating and cooling systems to eliminate natural gas use and are designed to be solar-ready so renewable energy generation can offset electricity use,” said Aaron Jobson, principal at Quattrocchi Kwok Architects.

Two Folia buildings have already been completed for a different district project at Cupertino High School. With 22 classrooms, an education lab for tech careers and spaces for collaborative learning, they were completed a year ahead of schedule and helped save the district $3 million.

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