Additional Flexible Learning Spaces Will Allow for a New Way of Learning


Additional Flexible Learning Spaces Will Allow for a New Way of Learning


CORTE MADERA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013 – Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) announces the completion of a classroom renovation and modernization project at Neil Cummins Elementary School in the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District (LCMSD). Existing classrooms, which dated back to the 1950’s, all underwent renovations, and additions were constructed between pairs of classrooms to provide small group flexible spaces for collaborative learning. Neil Cummins’ renovations come on the heels of LCMSD’s groundbreaking of the Cove School in August, a future elementary school, also designed by QKA.

“We’re seeing an increasing push for elementary schools to adapt to the changing needs of 21st century learning environments,” said Mark Quattrocchi, principal at QKA. “Neil Cummins wanted to do this without having to completely tear down the existing structure, and I think we successfully achieved this goal at a tremendous value with bond money by modernizing the existing classroom spaces and adding breakout and outdoor learning spaces. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to design the new classrooms at Neil Cummins and the Cove School’s brand new campus for the LCMSD.”

Designed to bring the elementary school in line with 21st century learning environments, QKA undertook a modernization of existing classroom wings, as well as the addition of spaces between pairs of classrooms. These new, flexible spaces will enhance the existing daylit classrooms and allow for teachers to work together on collaborative projects. The project also included an emphasis on outdoor learning spaces to enhance the overall redesign of the classrooms and integrate curriculum to outdoor spaces.

“We are very pleased with the classroom renovations at Neil Cummins, and are proud to have these modernized spaces to support the best learning environment possible for our students,” said Valerie Pitts, Ed.D., Superintendent of the LCMSD. “Our design and construction partners really brought our vision for this project to life and we thank them for their continued efforts in support of our schools.”

In pursuit of a highly sophisticated, yet streamlined renovation process, 3D modeling was used extensively throughout the project to determine how intricate features of the existing construction would be modified to meet project design goals. In addition to QKA, the project team included construction management company Greystone West and general contractor Alten Construction.

About Quattrocchi Kwok Architects
Santa Rosa-based Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) provides comprehensive master planning, design and construction administration services for Northern California K-12 and higher education, historic renovation and community facilities. With more than $1 billion in projects completed in the company’s more than 26-year history, QKA’s award-winning portfolio reflects a commitment to design that emphasizes environmental sustainability and community impact. Recent projects include the new American Canyon High School, which is heralded as the “greenest school in America” and has achieved the highest score of a California school to date from the Collaborative for High Performance School (CHPS) verified program. Visit:


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