Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and San Mateo Union High School District Bestowed with Top Honors for Modernization Project at C.A.S.H. Conference

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Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and San Mateo Union High School District Bestowed with Top Honors for Modernization Project at C.A.S.H. Conference

02/26/16

  • Mark Quattrocchi and John Dybczak accept Award of Excellence for SMUHSD
  • Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Awards Ceremony

SANTA ROSA/SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 26, 2016 – The Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) in partnership with the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) honored Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) with a coveted Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Award. QKA received an Award of Excellence in the Modernization category for its San Mateo High School Old Brick Studio project, completed for the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) in August 2015. QKA and SMUHSD accepted the program’s highest honor at the 37th Annual C.A.S.H. Conference on Feb. 23 in Sacramento.

Originally constructed in the 1920s as a Shops Building, SMUHSD sought a restoration and renovation of its historic “Old Brick Studio,” which had since fallen into disuse and neglect on the San Mateo High School campus. Utilizing the space’s vastness, grand northern clerestory light and robust industrial materials, including original brick and concrete, QKA re-envisioned the building to provide much needed art studios, general education classrooms and large meeting spaces for the high school. The “new” 20,000 square foot building is now a focal point centrally located on campus. It has been seismically upgraded throughout, historically restored on the exterior, and enhanced with new technology and modern amenities, including the ability to function as a black box theater for student and community performances. The project achieved high Collaborative for High Performance School scores for reuse, conservation, restoration of existing materials, sustainable new materials and natural light and ventilation.

“As architects, it all comes together for us when we have the opportunity to design modernizations and restorations of historic buildings,” said QKA Principal Mark Quattrocchi. “Having worked on the San Mateo High School campus previously, as well as other sites throughout the district, it was a thrill to collaborate with our colleagues and friends to bring this previous vocational shops building – the last remaining original building on campus – to modern use for today’s students and staff. The abundance of natural light and original high ceilings make the building an ideal space for art studios, large group meetings and performances.”

The purpose of the Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards Program is to enhance the educational programs available to California public school students by recognizing exceptional architectural and program implementation in the design of public school facilities. Nominated projects are evaluated based on planning process, learning environment of the facility, design, community environment, physical environment, and the role of high performance/sustainability in the planning and design of the project.

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