The North Bay Business Journal has selected Piner High School’s new Geospatial Science Center as the 2013 Top Project in the K-12 Education category–the first high school in Sonoma County with a planetarium and observatory! QKA is very proud of our collaboration with Santa Rosa City Schools.
QKA designed solar system for Sonoma Valley USD saves district $492K in the first year! Read the article from the Sonoma Index-Tribune here.
Check out Scott Lafee’s latest article for the California Schools Board Association (CSBA) magazine on Prop. 39 funding, featuring quotes from QKA Principal Aaron Jobson.
“The role the theater offers is really important for learning opportunities. It’s invaluable from a 21st century learning perspective. Students can learn about the technology side of theater. Students can take an active role in running a sophisticated theater,” said Mark Quattrocchi.
Poised for its Grand Opening this Thursday, October 3rd, QKA project the San Mateo Performing Arts Center is garnering attention from the media. This new facility complements the educational program at San Mateo High School and provides the largest seating capacity between San Jose and San Francisco. Check out the latest article in the San Jose Mercury News.
Recently Mark Quattrocchi wrote an indepth article on theater design for School Construction News. From traditional considerations about acoustics and stage lighting to educational opportunities for multi-media student presentations, students and communities deserve artistic yet modern, technical spaces that function well for generations to come.
American Canyon High School was named one of the 30 most amazing high school campuses in the world! We give credit to the collaborative relationship with Napa Valley Unified School District–true visionaries who continue to strengthen the link between pedagogy and the physical learning environment.
“The most significant thing was to see how design can make a huge impact on student achievement…” – Tammy Murphy, former Superintendent of Ross School. To read more about QKA’s unique project at Ross School check out this article in School Construction magazine.
QKA landed the No. 1 position on the North Bay Business Journal’s Architectural Firms list. Ranked by 2012 billings, then by the number of licensed architects, QKA is very fortunate to have many active projects throughout the Bay Area.
As Marketing Director I usually visit a project when it’s completed. Often there’s a ribbon cutting with the school community to celebrate the new building or campus. This achievement between the district and design/construction team can tug at your heart strings when you see the excited faces of students, grateful parents and staff.
It’s really interesting to discover ways the campus community makes the school their own once the ribbon has been cut and the doors officially open. In a recent conversation at QKA project American Canyon High School (ACHS), I heard about several unique ways the school community uses the design of the campus including the tidbit that they refer to their stadium as the Wolf Den.
American Canyon High School has a state of the art culinary program with professional grade equipment. As part of the school’s fundraising efforts, a barbeque smoker was purchased to cook tri-tip. The students create homemade tri-tip box dinners complete with sides and dessert. The meals can be ordered ahead of time and picked up by the community by pulling around the flag pole. The next day any remaining meals are sold as discounted lunches to staff.
Word is out! The weight room at American Canyon High School has been overtaken by the staff! Well, only at 6 a.m. when a group gathers for a boot camp style workout modeled after the students’ program. With the convenience of showers on site, many staff members can get their workout accomplished AND be ready for work before students arrive.
This Saturday, the first class of graduating seniors at ACHS will flip their tassels! On behalf of all us at QKA, CONGRATULATIONS ACHS class of 2013!