San Mateo High School Project Wins Modernization Award

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) was recently honored with the Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Award — as well as an Award of Excellence in the Modernization category — for its San Mateo High School Old Brick Studio project, completed for the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) in August 2015.

New San Mateo Jail to See First Inmates March 19

San Mateo County’s new $165 million jail facility, the Maple Street Correctional Facility, will soon be open for business. County officials, including Sheriff Greg Munks, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony March 2 and the first inmates will be transferred on March 19.

UCSF Benioff Oakland Begins 10-Year Expansion

By Jessie Fetterling
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Oct. 26 for a new outpatient center for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. The hospital’s second outpatient center (OPC2) marks the first phase of a 10-year expansion project that will include rebuilding and modernizing the hospital to meet seismic regulations and improve facilities for the young patients and their families.

Craig Hospital Expansion & Renovation Nears Completion

By Sue Rose
With the initial planning having started in winter of 2012 and a target completion date set for late 2016, Craig Hospital’s $90 million expansion and renovation is nearing its conclusion. In addition, the hospital in Englewood recently announced that it has exceeded its $68 million fundraising target by $5 million.

Sprig Electric Pairs Tesla Powerpack with PV System

Sprig Electric is one of the first electrical contractors in the U.S. to pair Tesla’s Powerpack battery with a 350 kW commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system in a solar installation at the company’s corporate headquarters in San Jose.

Golden 1 Center Features Nature-Inspired Design

Construction on the Golden 1 Center is underway, and the soon-to-be home of the Sacramento Kings basketball team is being designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

California Launches 7x7x7 School Sustainability Initiative

In January, California’s State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, launched a forward-thinking new sustainability initiative.

Corcoran State Prison Goes for LEED Gold

Amid rising operational costs and criticism for California’s correctional health care, the Administrative Segregation Unit/Enhanced Outpatient Unit (ASU-EOP) at Corcoran State Prison is an example of the state’s push toward improved patient care and energy efficiency.

Los Angeles Harbor College Building Achieves LEED Platinum

Los Angeles Harbor College’s new Science Complex recently received LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of certification for sustainable design awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

UNLV Rec Center Encourages Wellness Through Technology

The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) recently installed a video wall system in its 183,333-square-foot Student Wellness and Recreation Center designed to encourage and motivate students as they pursue fitness goals.