Restoration of Historic Alameda High School Earns QKA Multiple Top Industry Awards


Restoration of Historic Alameda High School Earns QKA Multiple Top Industry Awards


Alameda / Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 15, 2020 – Following the restoration and modernization of Historic Alameda High School (HAHS), Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and supporting project team have received a number of awards recognizing the design, historical restoration and functionality of the school’s renovation in the face of the many technical challenges it overcame. The awards include the following:

“Given the historical significance of the buildings, honoring the original grand design was of utmost importance to this project,” said QKA Founding Partner Mark Quattrocchi, FAIA. “The project team viewed this not as a hindrance but a simultaneous goal, along with the need to provide state-of-the-art learning environments for students and staff encompassed in buildings brought up to current seismic safety standards. We are so grateful that our project team’s labor to achieve all project goals has been recognized by some of the industry’s leading publications and organizations.”

About the HAHS Project

One of California’s largest historic public school renovation projects, the rehabilitation and seismic retrofitting of HAHS rebirthed an iconic civic and historical landmark while providing 21st century learning environments, technology and accessibility. The 100,000-square-foot HAHS is composed of two- and three-story neoclassical buildings centrally located near Alameda’s historic downtown. The school was deemed unsafe for occupancy in 2012 and, as the last of the city’s architectural landmarks to be renovated, sat as an untapped asset to the community both for its historic value and potential to provide much needed academic space.

The community’s passage of a bond set into motion substantial restoration and seismic upgrades. Following reinforcement of the buildings’ infrastructure through integrated structural steel and underground soil stabilization, the school’s details were meticulously restored with the help of specialists and craftsman. Among the school’s many educational impacts are 37 flexible, technology-rich classrooms and 11 adequately sized and well-equipped science labs which QKA designed to complement the high ceilings, large windows, and traditional trim and molding of the school’s existing design. Updated facilities also include student services spaces, accessible restrooms, a faculty lounge and meeting rooms.

Unveiled and opened in advance of the 2019/2020 academic year, the district and QKA welcomed students back to this iconic campus after 40 years. HAHS’s restoration has been covered widely by local media and been used as a case study to guide future historic renovations.


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