New Performing Arts and STEM Centers Designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects Break Ground at San Marin High School

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NOVATO, Calif. (June 20, 2019) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday at San Marin High School in the Novato Unified School District (NUSD) to mark the start of construction of a new Performing Arts Center (PAC) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center. Funded by the Measure G facilities bond, both buildings were designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) and will be built by BHM Construction, Inc. 

“We are thrilled to see this vision come to life, giving us the opportunity to provide the students and faculty at San Marin with innovative and effective facilities to match its programming,” said NUSD Superintendent Jim Hogeboom. “Thank you to QKA and BHM for their passion and teamwork.”

Expected to complete in fall 2020, the 18,000 square-foot STEM Center includes 10 classroom/laboratories, with some situated in pairs with operable partitions for flexibility, as well as student break-out spaces, demonstration areas and staff support space. Replacing an outdated multi-use building where performances are currently held, San Marin’s 225-seat, 8,400 square-foot PAC is set to open in early 2021. The new modern facility boasts classroom support spaces, including a greenroom, a lobby, ticket booth and restrooms, and will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

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“We have had a great partnership with NUSD over the years, including designing Novato High School’s recent aquatics project, and are very happy with this successful collaboration for San Marin’s new STEM and Performing Arts buildings,” said QKA Principal John Dybczak. “We look forward to seeing the students enjoy these modern facilities.”

Both new buildings were designed solar ready and with sustainability in mind, including natural daylighting and ventilation, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems.

About the Novato Unified School District

The Novato Unified School District (NUSD) is about thirty minutes north of San Francisco located in Marin County. Educating approximately 7,600 students each year, NUSD has 7 elementary schools, 1 K-8 school, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, 1 K-8 charter school, an alternative high school, and an independent student program. The mission of NUSD is to engage, inspire and empower all students to reach their life goals in a rapidly changing world with a vision of NUSD is to create a caring environment at each school where students receive an innovative and personalized learning experience to help them develop the skills needed to be successful.

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. Visit to learn more. 

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