SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2013 – The Quattrocchi Kwok Architects-designed Geospatial Science Center at Piner High School was named a Top Real Estate Project of the Year by the North Bay Business Journal. The winner in the K-12 category, the Center completed construction and opened for the Fall 2013 school year. A profile on the project, which was featured in the Dec. 2 issue, can be found here.
The Journal describes the 4,000-square-foot Geospatial Science Center as a “cutting edge, 21st century educational facility” that applies math, science, engineering and technology teachings to real-world research and applications. Comprised of two buildings, the Center houses a multi-axis planetarium, observatory and computer lab and makes use of specialized technology, such as an astronomical telescope, GIS/GPS technology, climate/meteorological instruments, wind turbine and photovoltaic panels.
The Planetarium was designed as a multi-use space and aside from its regular functions will be used as a theater for speakers and student presentations. The dome of the Planetarium is unique to Piner High School, and the telescope housed in the facility’s observatory, which was sourced from Australia, is large enough to hold an entire class of students.
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 25-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: www.qka.com.