Quattrocchi Kwok Architects has a long history of commitment to environmentally responsible design. We design every project with an eye towards the environment, energy efficiency, and the wellbeing of the occupants. At QKA sustainability is an integrated process that touches all elements of our work on every project. During the design process we consider the triple bottom line: the environmental, economic, and community impacts. Our definition of sustainable design is achieved when we can positively affect all three areas.
Sustainable design is especially important for today’s school facilities. Numerous studies have shown classrooms with good daylighting, views, and indoor air quality result in better reading and math comprehension, increased teacher retention and higher attendance. Green Schools also use less energy and water resulting in lower operating costs and less maintenance. Schools can also be designed as a learning tool, teaching students about conservation, renewable energy, engineering, biology, and much more.
QKA is a documented leader in the design of Green Schools. We participated in the creation of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria and best practices manual and we continue to be involved in the development of the program. We designed many CHPS schools, including American Canyon High School—the highest scoring CHPS Verified project, and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Richmond, CA. We are fluent in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED programs and have LEED accredited professionals on staff. Recently QKA participated with the California Division of the State Architect (DSA) in the creation of a handbook to help School Districts create Grid Neutral Schools that produce as much electricity as they use. QKA has also been instrumental in creating the School Energy Coalition, a school advocate organization for energy related issues.