- QKA Expands to Pleasanton with New Office
- Lila Bringhurst
- Lila Bringhurst
- Alameda HS
Driven by Client Demand and Thriving East and South Bay Education Construction Markets, Associate Architect and Firmwide COO David Hansen to Lead Second California Location
Pleasanton / Santa Rosa, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017 – Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA), the largest architecture firm in California’s North Bay Area headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., is opening a full-service office in Pleasanton, Calif., effective Feb. 1, 2018. Situated downtown at 600 Main Street in the Kolin Building, the location will offer greater accessibility to QKA’s many East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay education design clients and its existing and planned projects. David Hansen, who has led several of QKA’s large-scale projects in areas such as Oakland, San Mateo and Hollister, will head the office.
“Throughout our 31-year history, we have cultivated many long-term relationships with school district clients in the rapidly growing regions in and around our new office location, and we are thrilled to expand our Bay Area presence with current and future team members that have a direct connection to these clients and the regional education landscape,” said Mark Quattrocchi, QKA’s founding principal. “The Pleasanton office will truly be an extension of the expertise we have cultivated in Santa Rosa, providing a full range of master planning, design and construction administration services for K-12 educational facilities. Beginning with room for 10 – 12 full-time employees, our new location offers a vibrant living community with extremely easy access to public transportation serving all of the Bay Area.”
QKA has already delivered more than $500 million in education design projects to clients on the Peninsula and in the East and South Bay regions, including design and construction administration projects for San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Fremont Unified School District, Union School District in San Jose, Fremont Union High School District, Mountain View – Los Altos Union High School District, San Mateo Union High School District, San Carlos School District, San Mateo – Foster City School District and Alameda Unified School District.
Currently, QKA is working on more than one dozen large education projects in the region, including the first new public elementary school to be built in Fremont, Calif. in 25 years. Lila Bringhurst Elementary School is anticipated to open in 2019 and will meet the needs of the area’s growing population, as well as provide adaptable 21st century learning environments equipped with the latest technology for its students. Also notably, QKA led the design of the seismic retrofit and restoration of the Historic Alameda High School. Constructed in 1924, the 100,000-square-foot Historical Landmark has stood empty since it was deemed unsafe in 2013. Celebrating its groundbreaking in April 2017, the project will include 55 new classrooms and science labs for use by the district’s students.
“Our ability to serve clients and hone in on our craft from our new Pleasanton location puts us in a prime position for continued growth and direct access to regional talent,” added Quattrocchi. “Under David’s leadership, the office will focus on building a full-service team in a similar workplace environment to what we’ve built in Santa Rosa focusing on the success and satisfaction of our people.”
With more than 25 years of education design experience and overseeing company operations, Hansen, LEEP AP, has served as lead designer and project manager on several complex projects, with a particular emphasis on sustainable practices. Hansen also plays a key role in the ongoing development and implementation of QKA’s innovative building solution called Folia. Folia, developed with partners Blach Construction and Gregory P. Luth and Associates, is a two-story pre-engineered, fully-customizable steel classroom building that offers a flexible alternative to traditionally designed and modular buildings.
“Our new office is centralized in the historic and established downtown core of Pleasanton, which is a commuter- and bike-friendly location close to BART and ACE trains, and it is directly accessible from Highways 680 and 580,” said Hansen. “As we root in this location, we look forward to continuing and building long-lasting relationships within local districts, industry partners and the community.”
In addition to being the largest architecture firm in the North Bay Area with nearly 60 employees, QKA was recognized as one of the nation’s top K-12 architecture firms by Building Design + Construction, landing at number 15 on the publication’s list based on 2016 revenue. A proven inspiring and collegial environment, the firm has also continually landed on the North Bay Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” list.