November 7, 2018
Alten Construction completed the modernization of Paden Elementary School in the Alameda Unified School District.
Alten Construction started the project June 11 and completed it in time for school to resume Aug. 20. The $3.29 million project included a complete window replacement, an AV data electrical upgrade and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades. The architect on the project was Mark Quattrocchi with Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA).
“Even with the amount of work involved and the time limitations, we were able to accomplish what the district wanted without disrupting school activities,” said Luke O’Neill, project engineer for Alten Construction. “The job was successful because we had a great team of architects, engineers, district employees and contractors who were able to accomplish this project within the time restrictions.”
The 40,000-square-foot school is located on the San Francisco Bay. Due to this proximity, one of the greatest issues of concern to the design team was the glare and heat of the sun that came into classrooms from the bank of windows on the classroom building’s south-facing side. To reduce the intensity of the sunlight, the architect’s design included 90 new storefront and clerestory windows, which Alten Construction installed in August.
The project also included new technology infrastructure and data in all of the classrooms, ADA improvements and bathroom modernization.
"The Paden Elementary School modernization was one of the important projects identified in our Alameda Unified School District 2014 Master Planning work," said QKA Principal Mark Quattrocchi, who also authored the district’s 2014 Facilities Master Plan. "With the partnership of Alten Construction and their dedication to quality, the project brings a vast improvement for students and teachers alike.”
The Paden project is part of Alameda Unified School District’s $179 million Measure I facilities bond project, which was approved by Alameda voters in 2014.