sustainable choices at every step

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 well being 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 that 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. We designed three CHPS schools, including American Canyon High School, which is the first school to complete the new CHPS Verified Program. We are also fluent in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED programs and have five 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.

Greening of QKA:
In 2008 QKA applied the same sustainable design strategies we use in our projects to make our business operations greener. QKA set a goal to reduce our Carbon Footprint by 50% by 2010. In addition to reducing our Carbon Footprint we will improve the indoor environment of the office and reduce our other environmental impacts. Through employee driven committees, QKA has made great strides towards this goal through the purchase of a hybrid company car and the installation of a water filter system that eliminates the need for bottled water. For the latest report on our progress, go here.