Cupertino High School

Cupertino High School

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Two-Story Science Laboratory & Classroom Buildings

Fremont Union High School District
Cupertino, Calif.

  • Completion Date: February 2018
  • Square Footage: 40,300 (New Construction)
  • Final Construction Cost: $26.9M

To support the need for new program space and growing enrollment at Cupertino High School (CHS), Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) embarked on a project to replace an outdated and inefficient single-story classroom building and maximize the real estate of the under-utilized space on which it stood. The district started with a conventional custom-designed building, but QKA’s Folia building solution was ultimately chosen because it accomplished Cupertino’s program needs while being more cost-effective.

Two, two-story, L-shaped Folia classroom buildings and one two-story custom science lab building leveraging Folia system efficiencies, were proposed. Together, the buildings include 22 classrooms, a makerspace, and six state-of-the-art 1,600 square feet science labs, all connected via balconies and arranged around an outdoor courtyard, ideal for additional collaboration space.

This project quickly took shape and was completed a full school year earlier than had FUHSD embarked on a traditional, site-built custom construction project. The result has provided the students and faculty at CHS with an optimal 21st century teaching & learning environment.


  • 2018 Industry Award – Most Innovative Project | American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE)
  • 2018 Structures Award for Innovation | Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • 2018 Merit Award | American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Redwood Empire
  • 2019 Green Leadership Award | Green Technology


  • High School
  • New Construction
  • Two-Story
  • Folia
  • Classrooms
  • Science Lab
  • Makerspace


The Folia classroom building was the perfect solution to both our budgetary and classroom capacity problems. The building was constructed in just 12 months at 85% of the cost of a traditional building. This project completely transformed the school by replacing the most poorly utilized building on campus with 29 beautiful, state-of-the-art classrooms. Graham Clark, Associate Superintendent, FUHSD