SANTA ROSA, Calif., April 4, 2016 –The Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD), including all of Santa Rosa Junior College, announces its largest major districtwide facilities upgrade initiative in its nearly 100-year history with the master planning contract awarded to the joint venture team of Gensler and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (Gensler+QKA). Gensler is an international architecture, planning, design and consulting firm with acclaimed credentials in higher education, and QKA is a Santa Rosa-based education industry master planning, design and construction administration firm. The team was chosen after a rigorous selection process to lead SCJCD’s district-wide facilities and technology improvement plan, which will be funded as part of the $410 million Measure H bond passed by voters in 2014.
“We are excited to kick off our ‘2030 Plan for Measure H,’ which includes a major overhaul of campus facilities in order to support our future students’ learning needs, as well as the future employee needs of Sonoma County,” said Dr. Frank Chong, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Superintendent and President. “Gensler+QKA is a remarkable combination of a locally immersed, education-focused firm and a multi-industry firm that pulls from its worldwide experience. They are working closely with architect and planning professional Leigh Sata, our Director of Capital Projects, who has an extensive background working on California college bond projects.”
“The SRJC community is very enthusiastic about the power and potential for this project. More than 200 of our employees have volunteered to serve on committees related to Measure H implementation,” Dr. Chong added.
With half of Sonoma County high school graduates relying on SRJC for local affordable higher education, Measure H aims to improve the educational experience and alleviate overcrowding through facilities renovations and seismic retrofitting, including modernizing math, science and laboratory spaces to better train students in these fast-growing job sectors. The future campuses and classrooms will undergo significant technology upgrades and will house expanded and new career technical education programs. Funding is also earmarked for updating teaching equipment and tools, and seismic retrofitting.
“We look forward to working with a talented and experienced team of professionals from Gensler and QKA. Using the District’s strategic and educational plans to guide our facilities planning efforts, it’s going to be a true team effort,” said Sata.
Gensler+QKA, which has worked on similar projects with a combined 40 California higher education clients, will develop a Districtwide Facilities Master Plan to be employed on all five campuses in Sonoma County, which includes the SRJC Santa Rosa Campus and Southwest Center in Santa Rosa, Petaluma Campus in Petaluma, Shone Farm in Forestville and the Public Safety Training Center in Windsor.
“We are steadfast in leading SCJCD’s 2030 Plan into a customized transformative experience and modern upgrades for each campus,” said Karen Kuklin, the project’s lead director and a San Francisco studio director at Gensler.
“Having worked with Santa Rosa Junior College before, and considering our immersion in shaping Sonoma County’s high-profile educational landscape, we feel a close connection to this important and renowned institution. We have a clear vision for how the master plan and campus design process should unfold,” said Steve Kwok, a principal at QKA and the project’s lead architect.
Gensler+QKA currently is conducting a full condition and needs assessment of buildings and building systems, with a concentrated focus on energy efficiency, health and comfort, water and wastewater systems and management, and site and habitat needs. The second phase will include an analysis of demographic and education trends within the county with future needs for academic programs informing the Facilities Master Plan. The Master Plan will include architectural and landscape blueprints, technology systems design, and the creation of a building program for each campus.
“SRJC is recognized as a leader in academic, career and technical training, and it is an honor to be partnering with them to build their 2030 Vision,” said Deborah Shepley of Gensler, and the lead planner on the project.
About the Sonoma County Junior College District (Santa Rosa Junior College)
SCJCD is comprised of Santa Rosa Junior College campuses in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, Shone Farm in Forestville, Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, and the Southwest Center in Santa Rosa’s Roseland. The District also provides classes and training throughout Sonoma County, as well as parts of Mendocino and Marin. SRJC’s mission is to passionately cultivate learning through the creative, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and ethical development of its diverse community. The SRJC strategic plan details the vision, mission and values of the District. Further information about Measure H and SRJC: http://bond.santarosa.edu and www.santarosa.edu.
Gensler is a global design, planning, and strategic consulting firm networked across 46 locations on five continents. Consistently ranked by U.S. and international industry surveys as the leading architecture and interior design firm, Gensler leverages its deep resources and diverse expertise to develop design solutions for industries across the globe. For its longstanding commitment to the advancement of sustainable design, Gensler received the Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2005. For more information, visit www.gensler.com.
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 over $1.2 billion in projects completed in the company’s 30-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 Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified program. Visit: www.qka.com.