Santa Rosa Junior College Moves Forward with $410M for Multi-Campus Facility Upgrades
SANTA ROSA, CA The Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD), including all of Santa Rosa Junior College announces its largest major district wide 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, California, -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."
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.
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, California, 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," said Steve Kwok, a Principal at QKA and the project's Lead Architect. "We have a clear vision for how the master plan and campus design process should unfold."
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.