Napa Education Center

Napa Education Center

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Historic Theater Renovation & Seismic Upgrades

Napa Valley Unified School District
Napa, Calif.

  • Completion Date: November 2004
  • Square Footage: 60,600 (Modernization)
  • Final Project Cost: $12.3M

This magnificent, historic 1922 neo-classical building inspires great community pride as many generations of Napa residents fondly recall spending their formative years learning in its classrooms. Unfortunately, the 5.1 magnitude Napa Earthquake in 2000 heavily damaged the building, requiring California Office of Emergency Services funding. QKA installed a series of hidden steel-braced frames and other structural upgrades – without impacting the historic façades – as well as renovated its administration, board room spaces, and historic performing arts theater.

The theater’s false ceiling was removed to uncover a detailed ceiling and proscenium, the 1960s seating was replaced, new house and stage lighting, acoustical systems and fly-loft rigging were installed, and the lobby and back stage areas were renovated. The theater’s seating area is now split between a 470-seat main floor and a 180-seat balcony.


  • 2006 Merit Award, Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award | Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) & AIA California Council (AIACC)
  • 2006 Merit Award | American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Redwood Empire


  • High School
  • Modernization
  • Historic
  • Seismic Upgrades
  • Theater
  • Fly-Loft
  • Balcony


The restoration of the Education Center, with such focus around the architecture of the period, makes this building a centerpiece for the community. Wade Roach, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, NVUSD