San Rafael City Schools and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects Celebrate Campus Improvement Projects at Laurel Dell Elementary and Davidson Middle Schools

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San Rafael City Schools and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects Celebrate Campus Improvement Projects at Laurel Dell Elementary and Davidson Middle Schools

02/24/20

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Laurel Dell Elementary School
  • Davidson Middle School

San Rafael, Calif., Feb. 24, 2020 – San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) recently unveiled significant new facilities and modernization projects at its Laurel Dell Elementary School (Laurel Dell) and Davidson Middle School (Davidson) campuses. With construction totaling approximately 36,000 square-feet, students and faculty are now enjoying a campus-wide replacement at Laurel Dell and a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Building at Davidson. Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) served as designer for both projects. 

“It is so gratifying to see our students and staff enjoying and learning in these modern, flexible and sustainable new spaces,” said Dan Zaich, SRCS senior director of capital improvements. “We are thankful for the collaboration of the many partners involved in these complex projects, navigating budget and timeline challenges with ease to create facilities that support our forward-thinking programming and will serve our growing student populations for years to come.”

Comprehensive new facilities and modernization work at Laurel Dell has resulted in a complete campus replacement. The new safe, secure and flexible layout includes an administration and multi-use building, eight new classrooms for grades first through fourth, and a restroom and storage building. Renovations to an existing multi-use building yielded two new kindergarten classrooms and an existing classroom wing was redesigned to meet the needs of fifth graders, while also incorporating a new larger campus library and resource room. A new kitchen and outdoor play and learning areas, including a garden, were also constructed. Sustainability and wellness features such as natural daylighting, operable windows, efficient mechanical and electrical systems, low flow plumbing fixtures and drought tolerant landscaping were at the forefront of the facilities’ design. Swinerton Builders served as general contractor.

Davidson’s new two-story modular Science Classroom Building boasts ten integrated science labs, six preparation rooms, student and staff restrooms, an electrical and mechanical room, as well as a courtyard and outdoor classroom spaces. Designed as a central hub for students and teachers to work, learn and share ideas more collaboratively, the new building prioritizes flexibility with spaces that can easily accommodate different science subjects, student projects, and teaching and learning styles. Like Laurel Dell, abundant natural lighting and fresh air, energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems, low flow plumbing systems and drought tolerant landscaping were integral to the design. Jeff Luchetti Construction served as general contractor.

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