- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
- New Cafeteria and Quad
- Student Performance
- Cafeteria Interior
Significantly Modernized Spaces Expand and Centralize Areas for Student Activity
CUPERTINO, Calif., May 11, 2015 – On Wednesday, Apr. 29, Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) officials and staff, students, parents, and project team members gathered for a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of the Quattrocchi Kwok Architects’ (QKA)-designed new student quad space at Homestead High School. The project, which includes a new quad, cafeteria building and three new science classrooms, provides much-needed additional space for the campus, as well as a central connection for student activity.
Event attendees were treated to student dance performances, as well as tours of the new building and demonstrations by the school’s science teachers. FUHSD Board of Trustees President Barbara Nunes, Superintendent Polly Bove and Homestead High School Principal Greg Giglio spoke at the ceremony prior to the ribbon-cutting.
“QKA has enjoyed a great relationship with FUHSD over the past few years, including the opening of the new Student Union at Cupertino High School in 2014, and it’s a fun opportunity for us to design spaces for the tech-minded Silicon Valley community,” said QKA Principal Mark Quattrocchi. “Similar to Cupertino, with this project for Homestead we wanted to mirror the open, collaborative environments of many of the office campuses in the area. I think we were successful and I look forward to seeing the students enjoy the space.”
The 17,000 square-foot new building significantly modernizes the Homestead High School campus. The expanded quad remedies numerous visual barriers and accessibility issues that previously existed, providing ample outdoor seating areas, a sloping artificial turf for student gathering and informal amphitheater seating and a raised platform for performances and presentations. The new cafeteria building includes a café, food court and kitchen facilities, utilizing a high ceiling, fully glazed wall with roll up doors and clerestory windows, connecting the dining space to the quad and giving it a more open and inviting look than the previous cafeteria. The cafeteria has multiple use potential, and the high ceilings provide a wonderful practice space for the school’s cheerleading, drill, and flag teams. Homestead High School’s three new science classrooms and prep spaces will accommodate growing enrollment in the school’s award-winning programs.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this new highly-functional and beautiful space we have for our students at Homestead to utilize,” said FUHSD Communications Coordinator Sue Larson. “We already have top-notch programs and educators and now have the facilities to match. We thank the entire project team for their creative, inspiring and dedicated work.”
Construction for Homestead High School’s new building utilized a strong structural grid system, keeping costs down and allowing funds to be spent on areas that will most impact the student experience. Increasing daylighting through optimal window design was a focus of the project, reducing the need for artificial lighting in most spaces. In addition to QKA, the project team included general contractor Lathrop Construction Associates, Inc., program manager Kitchell, and landscape architect Carducci & Associates, Inc.