Mountain View/Los Altos, Calif., Oct. 8, 2019 – A recent groundbreaking celebration marked the start of construction of new classroom buildings at Mountain View High School (MVHS) and Los Altos High School (LAHS) in the Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA). Adding more than 20 classrooms, as well as lab space to each campus to accommodate the district’s growing student population, the multi-prime delivery projects were designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) and will be built by RGM Kramer Inc. as construction manager.
“We are excited for the future these new projects will bring to our students and faculty on both campuses,” said Mike Mathiesen, MVLA Associate Superintendent for Business Services. “We are thrilled to be able to increase and update our offerings for students as they continue to thrive in diverse disciplines such as science, engineering and culinary arts. A big thank you to the project team who have been a pleasure to collaborate with.”
MVHS will see construction of 28 total new classrooms to replace existing portables. The two-story, main classroom building will feature four life-skills labs for Special Education students, expandable classrooms with movable walls, writable wall surfaces, small group break-out rooms and a staff collaboration lounge. A single-story lab building will house two computer science classrooms, an engineering lab with 3D printing capabilities, a robotics lab, and an electronics prototyping lab. The two buildings will add 42,000 square-feet of new construction to the campus.
Construction at LAHS will bring a new auxiliary gymnasium and expand the campus with 23 new classroom spaces, also totaling 42,000 square-feet of new space. The general classroom building will include a culinary arts classroom, several flexible learning spaces and a teacher collaboration room. A new engineering lab building will allow for learning across a broad range of disciplines, including spaces for 3D printing, laser cutting and an advanced computer lab to support 21st century fabrication technologies. The auxiliary gymnasium will include a full basketball court and multipurpose space.
“The new classroom and lab spaces at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools are truly unique, state-of-the-art and will provide an array of different learning opportunities for students,” said QKA Principal Mark Quattrocchi. “We thrive on the opportunity to be able to create inspiring spaces that will be able to accommodate specific growing needs for schools, now and in the future, and we look forward to seeing these utilized here.”
Additions to both campuses will pursue LEED-Silver certification and are designed to meet Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) standards.
About Mountain View Los Altos High School District
The Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA) reflects the diversity, ambitions and spirit of innovation of the Silicon Valley. Serving the communities of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, the MVLA district is comprised of two comprehensive high schools, an alternative high school, an adult education center, the Freestyle Academy for Arts & Technology, and Middle College. MVLA is committed to providing learning and growth opportunities so each of our 4,400 students can reach their full potential, with 96 percent of graduates matriculating to college.
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 $2 billion in projects completed in the company’s 33-year history, QKA’s award-winning portfolio reflects a commitment to design that emphasizes environmental sustainability and community impact. QKA has been recognized as one of the nation’s top K-12 and BIM architecture firms by Building Design + Construction. A proven inspiring and collegial environment, the firm has also continually landed on the North Bay Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” list.
About RGM Kramer
RGM Kramer, Inc. specializes in managing the design and construction of public schools, community colleges, municipalities and city and county facilities. Having served over twenty-five school districts in the greater Bay Area, RGMK is the resident expert in bringing districts from ballot measures to ribbon cuttings while providing specialized attention to the needs of public facilities. RGMK manages both new construction and modernization programs of varying types and complexities, and is proud to maintain a high level of customer service at all times.