MORGAN HILL, CALIF. — June 8, 2017 — At its monthly Board of Education meeting, Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD) Board of Trustees unanimously awarded Blach Construction Company (Blach) and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) with a $39.5 million design-build project to redevelop Britton Middle School. This will serve as a flagship project for the voter-approved Measure G school facilities improvement bond program.
The new Britton Middle School project includes several new buildings along the Monterey Road side of the campus. These will include a mixture of single and two-story classroom buildings, a student union that will house the library, and new administration offices. These structures will be centered around outdoor collaborative learning areas and serve not only as the new front of the school but also as a landmark entrance to Morgan Hill’s downtown.
“It’s a very exciting time to be part of the Morgan Hill community,” said Steve Betando, MHUSD Superintendent. “Thanks to Measure G funds, we have been able to make many upgrades to our campuses, but the much needed redevelopment of Britton is a project that the community has been looking forward to. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and I have no doubt that Blach and QKA will turn Britton into an environment where our middle schoolers will continue to flourish and that our community will embrace.”
In addition to supporting the needs of the Britton Middle School program, the proposal by Blach + QKA includes a design that is solar-ready and has the potential to achieve Zero Net Energy (ZNE) consumption; meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. The concept builds upon a similar building type that the Blach + QKA team has completed at Central Middle School in San Carlos and in the process of building at Cupertino High School in Cupertino. The California Division of State Architect (DSA) pre-check approved building models, are designed to meet the green building standards of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) gold level certification standards.
“Rebuilding Britton is extremely critical for the students, faculty and the surrounding community of Morgan Hill,” said MHUSD Director of Construction and Modernization, Casino Fajardo. “Ultimately, the process to select a partner was extremely competitive and our decision was not made lightly. We are very excited to partner with Blach and QKA on this project and are confident they’ll bring our vision for a state-of-the-art Britton Middle School campus to life.”
The design of the new Britton Middle School is starting immediately and groundbreaking is slated for January 2018. Construction on the classroom buildings is expected to be complete by the time school resumes in the Fall of 2018 and the new library, administrative center and student union is anticipated to finish and open in early 2019.
“We understand how important redeveloping Britton Middle School is for Morgan Hill at-large. And everyone on our team, several of whom reside in Morgan Hill, is excited to be a part of it,” said Dan Rogers, executive vice president & COO for Blach. “Together with QKA, we are committed to maximizing the investment MHUSD is making and working with them to quickly deliver a flexible, high quality learning environment that the City is proud of for years to come.”
About Blach Construction Company
Founded in 1970, Blach Construction Company is an award-winning builder, producing structures of enduring quality and value throughout the greater Bay Area and Central Coast. Blach’s experience encompasses a broad cross-section of commercial, industrial and institutional building types, including education, healthcare, technology, life sciences, professional services and civic/community facilities. Blach is a recognized leader in sustainable design and construction, dedicated to continually incorporating advanced construction techniques and investing in new offerings that enable greater efficiencies and dramatically reduce the overall cost and duration of construction. Learn more at www.blach.com.
About 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 $1.5 billion in projects completed in the company’s 31-year history, QKA’s award-winning portfolio reflects a commitment to design that emphasizes environmental sustainability and community impact. Recent projects include American Canyon High School, which is heralded as the “greenest school in America” and has achieved one of the highest scores of a California school to date from the CHPS Verified program. Visit: www.qka.com.