As they returned from their mid-year school break on January 6, 2014 Cupertino High School students rang in the new year enjoying the completion of a brand-new two-story, 29,000-square-foot Student Union Building, which was designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and built in collaboration with Blach Construction as the general contractor and Kitchell as the program manager. FUHSD’s Measure B bond funded the $16.6 million facility.
The Fremont Union High School District hosted a building dedication on Thursday, January 16 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm to commemorate this milestone and showcase the unique space that completely redefines the school’s entrance, as well as its learning and social environments. During the dedication staff and students expressed their gratitude, Cupertino High School musicians performed, and students offered guided tours of the facilities.
"We have worked hard to develop a first-class facility to serve as the cornerstone of the Cupertino High School campus and as a hub for student activity. We are thrilled to unveil our new space that better reflects the culture and capabilities of our students,” said Polly Bove, superintendent of the Fremont Union High School District. “The design of the Student Union building is remarkable and reminiscent of a new collegiate facility that also brings technology to the forefront. We deeply appreciate the project teams significant attention to being a good steward of the planet's resources throughout all phases of construction and delivering a facility that not only meets our ambitious sustainability goals but is also energy efficient and requires less maintenance than before. The project came in well within budget which will ensure that we can continue to complete other wonderful projects at our other four high schools.”
The two-level Student Union Building houses the cafeteria, library, counseling and administration for the campus under one roof. Situated at the front of the campus, it offers a formal entry to the school and is comprised of informal learning spaces that support the school's vision of 21st century education. The administration offices were relocated to this facility to offer a clear point of contact with the community while also improving access control and security.
The design of the building created a series of connected spaces, which provide a variety of environments for students to work collaboratively, study quietly, eat, conduct research and socialize throughout the day. It features an open staircase to the upper level, which houses café-style seating tables and presentation areas. The library is located on the second level and provides traditional reading and studying areas, as well as enclosed flexible meeting spaces with folding glass walls. Students have access to the wired and wireless network, both indoors and outdoors, including the quad and upper terrace.
Included in this project is a completely renovated main quad adjacent to the Student Union, which offers a performance stage and seating areas that seamlessly blend this outdoor space with the Student Union’s multi-use spaces. The library and quad are also connected to a second-level outdoor terrace that provides additional seating with views of the quad and performance stage.
The Student Union was designed with sustainability as a driving goal, including careful detailing to provide balanced daylighting, energy efficient lighting, and mechanical systems, as well as the use of sustainable building materials. Specific design elements include:
- Designed to be energy efficient, exceeding California’s strict Energy Code requirements by 18%
- Specifically designed glazing and shading systems to provide balanced day lighting and limit external heat gain and glare
- High performance building envelope to minimize heating and cooling loads using cool roofs and high levels of insulation
- Building materials were selected to include recycled content, use rapidly renewable materials, and provide great indoor air quality. These materials include countertops made with recycled glass, linoleum flooring made from linseed oil, carpet with high recycled content and low emissions, and steel structure and framing with recycled content
- Lighting systems provide optimum lighting levels for the task and automatically dim when daylight is available to reduce energy
- Landscaping and site improvements utilize native plants and provide shade and naturally filter storm water runoff