K-12 Educational Facilities

KWA provides engineering design services for all types of educational facilities, from grade school to University. Additionally, KWA has provided commissioning and energy audit services for dozens of schools in multiple districts. KWA has extensive experience in the design of both new construction and renovations for educational projects. We have a keen awareness of the special requirements of K-12 projects such as vandalism, ADA access, parts standardization, maintenance access and security. Our extensive project experience will be an asset to your team.

Below are a few examples of K-12 educational facilities we have provided engineering design services for.

Note: The experience provided on this page is current as of Friday, October 20, 2017.
For our most up-to-date project experience please contact us.
TUSD Students First Deficiency Corrections
TUSD Students First Deficiency Corrections
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  • Owner: Tucson Unified School District
  • Location: Tucson, AZ

School Facilities Board-Assessment Deficiency Corrections. Designs included HVAC, plumbing and fire protection for renovations and new buildings at over a dozen different school campuses in the District. Most projects were related to retrofitting air-conditioning systems into existing evaporative cooled buildings. Projects included work in historical buildings, renovations of portable / modular buildings and new construction multi-purpose buildings. KWA was instrumental in the development of solutions to air-conditioning of the existing modular buildings.

MUSD Students First Deficiency Corrections
MUSD Students First Deficiency Corrections
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  • Owner: Marana Unified School District
  • Location: Marana, AZ

School Facilities Board Assessment Deficiency Corrections. Design included HVAC, plumbing and fire protection for ten different school campuses in the district. Projects included adding a chiller to one campus and upgrades to the control system, mechanical room upgrades, air conditioning of existing locker facilities, renovation of kitchen HVAC systems and new construction of classroom buildings. HVAC systems included large 4-pipe central plants (chillers and boilers), air handlers, and packaged air conditioning units - some with air-to-air heat exchangers to reduce unit sizes while maintaining a large outside air volume.

SUSD Students First Deficiency Corrections
SUSD Students First Deficiency Corrections
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  • Owner: Sahuarita Unified School District
  • Location: Sahuarita, AZ
  • Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build

School Facilities Board-Assessment Deficiency Corrections. Design included HVAC, plumbing and fire protection for renovations to existing buildings at several school campuses in the District. One of the project designs consisted of a new four-pipe (chillers and boilers) central plant, a new steam boiler, and new domestic water / heating water boilers for existing cafeteria building. Other project designs included adding water-source heat pumps to existing elementary school campus and conversion of existing locker rooms to AC.

NUSD Students First Deficiency Corrections
NUSD Students First Deficiency Corrections
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  • Owner: Nogales Unified School District
  • Location: Nogales, AZ
  • Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build

School Facilities Board-Assessment Deficiency Corrections. Design included HVAC, plumbing and fire protection for new classroom buildings added to existing campus and renovations to existing buildings for two elementary schools in the District.

TVUSD Emily Gray Junior High School
TVUSD Emily Gray Junior High School
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  • Owner: Tanque Verde Unified School District
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: CM at Risk
  • Project Area: 55,800 SF

New campus included: Art, Classroom (including science and special needs), Bus Maintenance, Administration, MPR (with play court, lockers, music, full cooking kitchen), and Library buildings. Renovations included Community programs (art classrooms) and Administration Buildings.

Marana High School Gym & Improvements
Marana High School Gym & Improvements
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  • Owner: Marana Unified School District
  • Location: Marana, AZ
  • Project Area: 40,500 SF

New 40,000 square foot gymnasium building and renovations & expansion of existing cafeteria. Prepared HVAC, plumbing, and complete fire sprinkler system design with hydraulic calculations. The HVAC design included expanding the existing 4-pipe central plant (water cooled chillers and natural gas fired boilers), textile air distribution system in the gym, and CO2 based ventilation controls. Fire Protection design included preparing fire flow analysis report of existing campus and design of a diesel driven fire pump system including pump house.

Cross Middle School Roof Renovation
Cross Middle School
Cross Middle School
  • Owner: Amphitheater Public School
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build
  • Project Area: 4,000 SF

Renovations to HVAC and plumbing systems on existing roof to accomodate current and future roofing needs. KWA acted as prime consultant to owner with architectural, structural and electrical sub-consultants.

Mountain View High School Gym & Science Building
Mountain View High School Gym & Science Building
  • Owner: Marana Unified School District
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Project Area: 67,000 SF

New 40,000 square foot Gymnasium building and 27,000 square foot 2-story science classroom buildings. Science classroom buildings included classrooms, full laboratory classrooms and computer classrooms. Prepared HVAC, plumbing, and complete fire sprinkler system design with hydraulic calculations for all buildings in the project. The HVAC design included new stand-alone 4-pipe central plant (air cooled chillers and natural gas fired boilers) for the gymnasium building, textile air distribution system in the gym, CO2 based ventilation controls for the gym, and fume hood design for laboratory classrooms. Plumbing design incorporated an acid waste and neutralization system.

Miller, Maldonado, and Grijalva Elementary Schools
Miller, Maldonado, and Grijalva Elementary Schools
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  • Owner: Tucson Unified School District
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build
  • Project Area: 15,000 SF

New stand-alone classroom building on each existing campus. Design incorporates high efficiency design elements (establishing a new TUSD standard). Design elements included: high R-value envelope and glazing, daylighting, option for single-zone VAV gas electric packaged units, air-side economizers, full networked control system, high efficiency toilets, waterless urinals, tankless water heaters. Integration of new BACnet control system per TUSD standards.

Amphitheater Middle School Additions & Upgrades
Amphitheater Middle School
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Amphitheater Middle School
  • Owner: Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: CM at Risk
  • Project Area: 16,500 SF

New six classroom building addition as well as major renovations to Administration building, Kitchen, Gym and Lockers. Minor renovations to the Library and toilet rooms throughout the campus. Multiple HVAC system types explored with CMAR.




Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School
Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School
  • Owner: Marana Unified School District
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: CM at Risk
  • Project Area: 57,900 SF

Design HVAC, Plumbing, and performance based fire protection for new single story six building campus elementary school. Areas included kitchen, multipurpose, administration, library with computer labs, and classrooms. HVAC design included air-side economizers and CO2 ventilation controls. Project included VE redesign of HVAC and Plumbing.

Quechan Indian Education Complex
Quechan Indian Education Complex
Quechan Indian Education Complex
  • Owner: Quechan Indian Tribe
  • Location: Winterhaven, CA
  • Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build
  • Project Area: 31,200 SF

HVAC, plumbing and complete fire protection design for new six-building campus consisting of classrooms, offices, computer labs, multi-purpose room and kitchen. Design included water treatment system for kitchen and fabric duct system in multi-purpose building. HVAC system type was rooftop packaged equipment. Fire sprinkler system design included complete hydraulic calculations and seismic bracing calculations for all new buildings.

More Examples

MUSD HVAC Retrofit

Air Conditioning system upgrades at four elementary schools: Desert Winds, Ironwood, Quail Run, Roadrunner.

McCartney Ranch Elementary School

Design HVAC, plumbing and performance fire protection for new single story school building. School includes 5,400 square foot multi-purpose area with platform, cafeteria, computer classrooms, media center / library, complete administration offices, full-cooking kitchen (for entire District use), and 31 classrooms. HVAC system design included air-cooled chilled water system, heating water boiler system, 2-pipe fan coils with electric heat, 4-pipe AHU's including CAV and VAV systems. Complete DDC EMCS integrated into District central server, assembly areas utilized CO2 monitoring for variable outside air systems. Design services included calculations and documentation for APS rebate program.

TVUSD High School Additions

New classroom wing addition (6200 sf + 3450 sf add. alt.) to existing campus. New indoor regulation basketball court addition (14,650 sf) to existing gymnasium.

Evergreen School Renovations

Design HVAC and plumbing for three existing buildings on elementary school campus. Each building is approximately 10,000 square feet. HVAC design included complete DDC control system, chilled water systems, and fan coils with electric heat. Plumbing design included complete toilet room renovations and replacement of all waste and water piping. Controls design included integration with other existing schools and a new central server for the District. Design services included calculations and documentation for APS rebate program.

Florence High School Fire Protection Design

Complete design including hydraulic calculations for fire protection system in new two story, 204,000 square foot single building high school. Building included classroom wings, full kitchen, cafeteria, library, gymnasium & locker facilities, mechanical & electrical rooms, administration and fine arts areas.

Amphi High School Additions and Renovations

New weight room building with concessions stand and toilets. Major renovations to other existing toilet facilities and minor renovations to existing classrooms.

Catalina High School Deficiency Corrections

School Facilities Board-Assessment Deficiency Corrections. Design includes HVAC, plumbing and complete fire protection design including underground and hydraulic calculations. KWA worked with the SFB to refine the project scope at this campus. KWA spent many hours surveying the existing campus to ensure the design was coordinated with the complicated existing structures. Projects include extending 4-pipe central plant services to assembly areas and replacement of all other hydronic piping serving the east side of the campus. All equipment on the east side of the campus was either replaced or renovated. Water and waste utilities in the existing tunnels were replaced as part of this project. Fire protection systems were designed as retrofits to all the existing un-sprinklered buildings (most of the east side of campus).

Rio Vista Elementary School Additions & Renovations

Addition of six classroom building and renovations to restrooms and Student Health Office.

Commissioning of 14 TUSD School Energy Upgrades

Commissioning services for energy upgrades at 14 school sites. Upgrades included lighting, controls, and HVAC equipment. Commissioning per SFB guidelines including design review and calculations and operational testing and verification.

Miller & Maldonado MPR Air Conditioning Retrofit

Conversion of existing evaporatively cooled MPR spaces to air conditioning. Design included custom air handler with DX split system cooling and hot water heating (tied into existing heating water system). Upgrade of control system per TUSD standards.

Miller, Maldonado, and Grijalva Elementary Schools

New stand-alone classroom building on each existing campus. Design incorporates high efficiency design elements (establishing a new TUSD standard). Design elements included: high R-value envelope and glazing, daylighting, option for single-zone VAV gas electric packaged units, air-side economizers, full networked control system, high efficiency toilets, waterless urinals, tankless water heaters. Integration of new BACnet control system per TUSD standards.

Athletic Field Toilets / Concession Buildings

Rincon, Catalina, Pueblo, and Palo Verde High Schools. New stand-alone buildings and renovations to existing athletic buildings to add / renovate toilet areas and concessions areas. Designs included evaporative cooling and electric heating for concessions areas, grease interceptor designs for concessions areas, exhaust systems for toilet areas, and vandal-resistant design elements including a bid alternate for stainless steel penal-grade plumbing fixtures.

TVUSD Tanque Verde High School Renovations

Designed replacement of existing multi-purpose room evaporative cooling / gas-fired make-up air unit heating systems with air conditioning. Multiple system types selected to accommodate the existing small roof areas available for the new equipment.

TVUSD High School Renovations

Renovations to existing science wing (5900 SF); industrial arts wing (9450 SF); special education area (1650 SF) and Library (4100 SF). Science building renovation included complete new classroom layouts with student and teacher sinks and fume hoods. Plumbing scope included evaluation and corrections to existing master gas meter piping network.

Twin Peaks Elementary - Marana

New single story six building campus elementary school. Areas included kitchen, multipurpose, administration, library with computer labs, and classrooms. Design included HVAC, plumbing and fire protection.

Santa Rosa Elementary School HVAC Upgrades

Design HVAC upgrades for existing school classrooms, assembly areas, and administration areas. Design intent was to replace outdated controls and chillers with high efficiency systems to provide a life-cycle energy pay back. Existing central plant piping was modified to allow the domestic boiler to serve both the domestic hot water systems and the hydronic heating systems.

Indian Oasis-Baboquivari EMCS Upgrades

Complete BACnet control system retrofit to three school sites in the district.

Lyons & Whitmore Renovations & Upgrades

Projects included kitchen and toilet renovations and HVAC equipment upgrades and replacements. Lyons Elementary included DDC controls upgrades and major kitchen renovations; reconfiguration of kitchen, air conditioning retrofit to kitchen, and addition of grease interceptor.

Pena Blanca 8 Classroom Addition

New eight classroom building addition to existing campus. Building included new toilet facilities. Mechanical design included fire protection performance specifications, HVAC (rooftop air conditioning units), and complete plumbing. Plumbing included art classroom with solids interceptors, classroom sinks, gang toilets, laundry facilities, and outdoor drinking fountains.

New Administration Building

New single story office building for district administration functions. Building included meeting rooms, conference rooms, as well as open and enclosed offices. Design included split system HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection performance specifications.

Vehicle Maintenance Facility at Winsett

Designed HVAC, plumbing and performance based fire protection for new single story, 17,654 SF vehicle maintenance facility used to service the TUSD fleet of buses and other vehicles. Design included infrared heat and evaporative cooling of the service bays, with packaged air conditioning of the office areas, tailpipe exhaust systems for each service bay, and special exhaust systems for the CNG service bay. Plumbing design included compressed air piping, vehicle fluid piping systems (such as oil and ATF), design of a manual bus wash bay and provisions for a future recycling bus wash system.

Grijalva Elementary - MPR Air Conditioning Retrofit

Conversion of existing evaporatively cooled MPR spaces to air conditioning. Design included custom air handler with DX split system cooling and hot water heating (tied into existing heating water system). Upgrade of control system per TUSD standards.

Casa Grande Vehicle Maintenance Facility

New single story vehicle maintenance facility with office areas and service areas. Design included HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection system performance specification. Office area design included AC equipment with heat recovery. Service area design included general exhaust, vehicle tailpipe exhaust, infrared heating systems, evaporative cooling systems and fabric ductwork. Plumbing design included complete vehicle service fluids piping, compressed air, and natural gas. Emergency showers and eyewash units were included in service areas. Worked closely with owner and CMAR team on substantial VE changes to building and mechanical systems.

Tanque Verde Elementary School MPR Upgrades

Designed replacement of existing multi-purpose room evaporative cooling / gas-fired make-up air heating systems with air conditioning. Customized AC units with gas heat and custom curbs with integral ductwork used to accommodate very congested roof area available for new equipment.

Agua Caliente Elementary School MPR Renovations

Designed replacement of existing multi-purpose room evaporative cooling / gas-fired furnace heating systems with air conditioning. Original design had equipment in wells. New layout created indoor spaces from these wells to house HVAC equipment and provide storage.

Palo Verde High School Toilet Room Improvements

Evaluate and replace all toilet room plumbing fixtures and upgrade plumbing systems for six building campus.

Saguaro Elementary HVAC Renovations

Evaluate existing HVAC and controls system for campus. School served by 2-pipe central plant. Design new heating water boiler to replace old deficient system and modify piping arrangement for better operation. Complete controls upgrade with design including integration with new District central EMCS server using BACnet protocol.

Elgin Elementary School Fire Pump

Prepared a complete fire sprinkler system design including underground fire service, diesel driven fire pump and pump house, and complete hydraulic calculations for a 14,000 SF MPR, admin & classroom building.

Pima School Classroom Building Addition

New six classroom building addition to existing campus. Building included new toilet facilities. Mechanical design included rooftop air conditioning units with relief fans and complete plumbing. Design included a bid alternate for two of the classrooms as shell space.

Edge Charter School

Prepared complete fire sprinkler system including underground fire service and hydraulic calculations for existing occupied school.

MUSD Mountain View High School Commissioning

Commissioning services for energy upgrades at large multi-building high school. Upgrades included lighting, central plant equipment and domestic water heating equipment. Commissioning per SFB guidelines including design review and calculations and operational testing and verification.

Marana High School Commissioning

Commissioning services per Arizona State School Facilities Board standards for energy upgrade projects. Energy upgrades at this campus included complete DDC control system, substantial lighting upgrades, HVAC unit replacements and conversion of multi-zone air handling units to VAV.

Catalina High School Building F SAHBA Renovations

Design HVAC, plumbing and complete fire protection renovations to a portion of an existing multipurpose building. Renovated area designed for technical training, both in the classroom and hands-on (full wood shop). Area also included administration offices.

Hohokam Middle School Mechanical Renovations

Mechanical renovations to existing middle school campus. Scope included: replacement of plumbing fixtures, HVAC replacement on portable building, water heater system re-design with combustion air and flue fan system and thermostatic mixing valve. Custom rooftop pipe support systems designed to replace failed wood supports on entire campus.

Marana High Culinary Arts Renovations

Complete renovation and expansion of existing culinary arts classrooms. Design included coordination with full-kitchen and restricting existing conditions. HVAC included rooftop packaged air conditioning units with pre-coolers and heat recovery ventilators. Plumbing included grease interceptor design, hot water system design, and gas piping design - integrated into existing medium pressure gas system.

Miller & Maldonado Kitchen Renovations

Retrofit existing kitchen with air conditioning systems. Design included new kitchen hood, stand-alone air conditioning system for the kitchen, 100% outside air A/C make-up air system for the hood, and new air distribution throughout.

Ganado Aquatics Center Solar Thermal Addition

Add solar thermal water heating system to supplement existing pool heater serving indoor pool.

Thornydale Elementary Special Needs Renovations

Design HVAC and plumbing modifications to an existing 4-room stand-alone classroom building. The building was converted to special education classrooms with a supporting workroom, break room, and toilet facilities. Plumbing design included child-height and ADA plumbing fixtures and a new water heating system. HVAC scope included modifications to existing ductwork, new exhaust fans, addition of relief air hoods, and verification of existing unit capacity with new ventilation rates (A/C units were fairly new and retained).

Waldorf Existing Classroom Building Renovations

Renovations to existing stand alone classroom building. Complete HVAC and plumbing upgrades.

Amphi Middle School Domestic Water Simulations

Document and calculate existing campus domestic water system and simulate pressure and flow capacities at each building.

Commissioning Services for Four TUSD Schools

Commissioning services for energy upgrades at 4 school sites. Upgrades included lighting, controls, and HVAC equipment. Commissioning per SFB guidelines including design review and calculations and operational testing and verification.

Investment Grade Audit Report Review for TUSD

Technical review of Investment Grade Audit (IGA) report prepared by an energy service company (ESCO) for 15 TUSD schools. Goal of the report is to illustrate energy savings by implementing various energy saving measures (ECMs). KWA review provided third-party verification of the IGA as required by the ARRA funding.

Estes Elementary - Marana (T.I.)

New single story seven building campus elementary school. Areas included kitchen, multipurpose, administration, library with computer labs, and classrooms. Project included remodel of seven existing buildings (33,000 square feet) on adjacent elementary school campus to administrative occupancy. Project included HVAC, plumbing and complete fire protection design including hydraulic calculations.

Casa Grande Transportation Building Renovation

HVAC and plumbing design for revisions to existing vehicle maintenance facility. Design included air conditioning of existing evaporative cooling areas and extensive toilet revisions.

Howell Elementary School HVAC Renovations

Mechanical renovations to portions of an existing elementary school campus. Scope included: remodeling the Principal and Administrative staff office areas. Verify heating and cooling loads on existing stand-alone MPR building for new occupancy. Modify existing Cafeteria stage area into teacher work room and storage area. Demo existing hydronic piping, unused boiler, controls components, and modify flue in existing boiler room.

Amphi High School Fire Protection System Design

Provided full fire sprinkler system design including hydraulic calculations for New Classroom & Auditorium Building on existing high school campus.

Gale Elementary School Renovations

Conversion of existing classroom to new administration offices. Scope also included addition of a wash-up sink in the Art Classroom and replacement of the heating water boiler.

Amphi Rio Vista Elementary School Classroom

Design of wet-pipe fire sprinkler system for new classroom building on existing campus site.

MUSD Data Center Emergency Generator

Study natural gas fired emergency generator options and design infrastructure for new system to serve existing data center.

Grijalva Kitchen Renovation

Retrofit existing kitchen with air conditioning systems. Design included new kitchen hood, stand-alone air conditioning system for the kitchen, 100% outside air A/C make-up air system for the hood, and new air distribution throughout.

TVUSD Emily Gray Maintenance Building

Stand-alone maintenance building on elementary school campus. Design included gas-fired unit heater and evaporative cooling.

Nash Elementary Classroom 1 HVAC upgrades

Add additional air conditioning system to existing computer classroom.

Catalina High School Special Needs Renovations

HVAC and plumbing renovations to convert existing classroom areas into special needs classroom / domestic training areas within 50 year old 2-story building. Spaces included a small kitchen, clothes washing facilities, and a supervised clean-up area. Design included vandal resistant fixtures and trim, ADA plumbing fixtures, and modifications to existing systems including exhaust system with underground duct.

Canyon del Oro Kitchen Classroom Renovations

Plumbing design renovations to existing kitchen classroom for health code improvements.

Mountain View H.S. Press Box

Design HVAC system for new press box.

TVUSD Emily Gray Vehicle Maintenance Building

Stand-alone vehicle maintenance building on elementary school campus. Design included gas-fired unit heaters and evaporative cooling.

Marana High School Pool

Design HVAC & Plumbing systems for new swimming pool / bath house facility. Building was joint use between the high school and Pima County. Design included pool equipment plumbing coordination, gang shower and toilet facilities design. Site was served by waste treatment facility.

Miller Elementary Fire Protection Feasibility Report

Fire sprinkler system feasibility study to changeover the existing domestic water supply to a dedicated fire service connection from Tucson Water Department.

Amphi CDO Performing Arts Cooling Tower

Evaluate cooling tower and replacement options.

Emily Gray Community Building & District Office TI

Renovations to existing building to create new office areas. Design relocated and re-used existing rooftop A/C units to save project costs.

Santa Cruz Valley USD - Toilet Building

New stand-alone toilet facility on existing athletic field site. Design included heat tracing and drainable piping for winterization of the facility.

Challenger Middle School Engineering Consultation

Engineering review and close-out assistance for energy upgrade project by a 3rd party firm.

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