Groundbreaking for Innovation Campus in Milpitas, Santa Clara County

Innovation Campus, rendering by QKAInnovation Campus, rendering by Robert Becker for QKA

The Milpitas Unified School District has broken ground on the system’s newest addition, the Innovation Campus. The new facilities will be able to serve students from two high schools and an adult school within the Santa Clara County city. Quattrocchi Kwok Architects is responsible for the design.

The campus will have 99,000 square feet of new educational space across six new two-story buildings and one modernized building. Once complete, it will replace existing facilities for the former Ayer High School-turned MUSD Adult School and the MUSD District Office. Across the buildings, there will be classrooms, experimental laboratories, career simulation facilities, art studios, and STEM-specialized rooms.

Innovation Campus groundbreaking ceremony

Innovation Campus groundbreaking ceremony

“Early in our engagement with MUSD, it became clear that the District’s vision would result in a truly unique learning experience for the Milpitas community and Bay Area at large,” said QKA President and Principal Aaron Jobson. “Drawing on our depth of experience designing next generation learning facilities and our close collaboration and longtime partnership with Blach, we have created dynamic and flexible learning environments that will evolve with ongoing curriculum advancements.”

“This project is an exciting step for our schools, for our community, and for public education as a whole. MUSD could not be more proud to be driving this new era of progressive, future-forward learning that is taking shape in Milpitas,” said Cheryl Jordan, Milpitas Unified School District

Innovation Campus central courtyard, rendering by QKA

Innovation Campus central courtyard, rendering by Robert Becker for QKA

Innovation Campus classroom interior, rendering by QKA

Innovation Campus classroom interior, rendering by Robert Becker for QKA

Blach Construction is the builder. The firm makes use of Folia, a patented prefabricated classroom construction solution by GPLA Structural Engineers that will allow the new campus to open up sooner.

Vice President of Operations for Blach, Keith Craw, said of the project, “Leveraging our prefabricated and customizable Folia building system will allow our team to meet the project’s sustainability goals and ambitious timeline without sacrifice to scope.”

Phases one and two are expected to open in the summers of 2023 and 2024, respectively, with the third and final phase scheduled to open in the Fall of 2025.

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