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AlfaTech is a consulting engineering firm offering a range of complementary services and expertise in multiple markets. Our services include: Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Design, Technology, Architectural Lighting Design, Commissioning and Energy Solutions, as well as Sustainability.


ALFATECH LOCATIONS San Jose, California – HQ | San Francisco, California | Monrovia, California | Orange, California | San Diego, California



IFM Group joins VelaTech Holding EDG2 joins VelaTech Holding


Verity Commercial joins VelaTech Holding AlfaTech Asia joins VelaTech Holding



Vela Tech Holding, Inc. established

AlfaTech acquired S&K Engineering of Monrovia and LFA Lighting of Ventura. 2020

AlfaTech was established in Silicon Valley in 1987 as a mechanical, electrical, and technology (low voltage, security, and A/V) design engineering firm. Responding to client needs, we expanded our service offerings to include architectural lighting design, sustainability, Smart Building, and project management services. In addition, we expanded into five California offices, including San Jose (Silicon Valley), San Francisco, Monrovia, Orange and San Diego. AlfaTech is gaining ground through organic, merger, and acquisition growth. Establishing Vela Tech portfolio with parent company RSBG, our services reach the West Coast to the Midwest and the East Coast from partner offices in Seattle, Chicago, Reston, and Edison. We also have an international presence with offices throughout Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. AlfaTech has a solid reputation forged by a corporate commitment to enduring client relationships and service excellence. We provide complete design, design-assist, and design/build project delivery services. Our project experience includes core and shell, tenant improvements, upgrades, repositioning, and restacks. Each AlfaTech project aims to achieve maximum energy performance, resource conservation, and pollution reduction, resulting in the highest energy savings and sustainability at all design phases while creating a balance of preservation, constructability, schedule, and budget. Given the dynamic nature of what we do, our AlfaTech teams are active listeners, and together with their focus on client and partner relations, are true team players.


AlfaTech partners with RAG Stiftung adding strength of 65+ offices throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

Celebrates 30 Years Success! 2017


2006 - 2017

AlfaTech expands Regionally Expands San Francisco Office Opens LA Office Opens San Diego Office AlfaTech Expands Services Architectural Lighting Design Sustainability / LEED and Energy Solutions


AT-PD founded


Named one of the Top 100 Largest Private Companies in San Francisco.


Named one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Silicon Valley.

Merges with S&H and MPL. Opens San Francisco office 1996


Jeff Fini, PE, founds AlfaTech MEP & Technology Design in Silicon Valley

LOCATIONS ALFATECH is part of Vela Tech Holding portfolio of companies


AT-PD San Francisco, California Monrovia, California Orange, California San Diego, California VERITY COMMERCIAL Seattle,Washington ALFATECH USA San Jose, California San Francisco, California Chicago, Illinois Reston, Virginia Edison, NewJersey EDG2 Bethesda, Maryland Phoenix, Arizona IFM GROUP San Ramon, California San Diego, California

ALFATECH ASIA Singapore Tokyo, Japan Shanghai, China

Australia Malaysia


EUROPE Vienna, Austria Kornberg, Austria Saint-Cannat, France Berlin, Germany

ASIA Dhaka, Bangladesh Tangail, Bangladesh Jakarta, Indonesia Amravati, India Chengalpattu, India Dehradun, India Gandhinagar, India Gujarat, India Mumbai, India New Delhi, India Pune, India Ratnagiri, India Solapur, India Tamil Nadu, India

Bitterfeld, Germany Bochum, Germany Darmstadt, Germany Dresden, Germany Dusseldorf, Germany Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany Erfurt, Germany Essen, Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Freiburg, Germany Greifswald, Germany Großostheim, Germany Hamburg, Germany Karlsruhe, Germany Kassel, Germany Köln, Germany Kronberg im Taunus, Germany

Yavatmal, India Lao PDR, Laos Makati City, Philippines Singapore Bangkok, Thailand Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Leipzig, Germany Mainz, Germany Mannheim, Germany Munich, Germany

AMERICAS Toronto, Canada Bogotá, Colombia Bosque de chapultepec, Mexico Lima, Peru

Nuremberg, Germany Regensburg, Germany Ribnitz-Damgarten, Germany


Rostock, Germany Stralsund, Germany Stuttgart, Germany Wiesbaden, Germany Wirges, Germany Würzburg, Germany Athens, Greece Milan, Italy Podgorica, Montenegro Belgrade, Serbia Birmingham, UK Bishop‘s Stortford, UK Bristol, UK Chamberlain, UK Croydon, UK Exeter, UK Leamington Spa, UK Leeds, UK London, UK Luton, UK Manchester, UK Mold, UK Nottingham, UK Stockport, UK Sunderland, UK Wakefield, UK Warwickshire, UK

Al Ain, UAE Dubai, UAE

Madinat Zayed, UAE Ras Al Khaimah, UAE Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Al-Zahra City, Gaza Strip Amman, Jordan Baghdad, Iraq Doha, Qatar Istanbul, Turkey Kuwait Sharq, Kuwait Muscat, Oman

AFRICA Algier, Algeria Alexandria, Egypt

Assiut, Egypt Cairo, Egypt Giza, Egypt Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tunis, Tunisia

Kampala, Uganda Khartoum, Sudan


ENGINEERING STUDIO We provide the most advanced, professional engineering services that ensure buildings thrive. We partner with clients to turn their visions into a tangible reality. As one of the leading MEP consultants in the Western U.S., AlfaTech strives to improve the life of hundreds of thousands of people every day through the buildings we design. Coining the expression “Innovation & Excellence,” we provide the most advanced, professional engineering services that ensure buildings thrive. We partner with clients to turn their visions into a tangible reality. To us, conscious design elements are indispensable in meeting the escalating expectations emerging within vibrant and diverse typologies. We believe the highest-efficiency buildings transpire from mirroring the sustainable features inherent to the world around us. Propelling cutting-edge solutions requires a thoughtful design that can interact with the physical environment. Elements like smart buildings, reduced reheat, and synergies before waste initiate perpetual savings. Eager to do our part, we pride ourselves on designing state-of-the-art facilities that reach unprecedented levels of integration. We think that sustainable design is more than just a phrase. It is a perspective. We are committed to rock-solid partnerships with our clients by delivering on our promise always to excel.













ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGN Lighting and Lighting Controls Lighting Calculations Customized ROI Calculations Sustainable Lighting Design Energy Savings Analysis Custom Lighting Fixtures Custom Lighting Fixtures Design

COMMISSIONING & ENERGY SOLUTIONS Early Quantifiable Energy Study Incentives Energy Star® Assessments Retro-commissioning (RCx) Monitoring Brand Continuous Commissioning (MBCCx) ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 Energy Audits Measurement and Verification (M&V) of installed projects Energy Modeling SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability Planning (Organizational and Infrastructural) LEED / Green Building Consulting Masterplanning Life Cycle Cost Assessment Occupant Wellness and Comfort Façade Engineering CFD / Wind Studies Wind Studies Thermal Stratification Studies Energy Concept Studies Net Zero Energy Budgeting HVAC/Chilled Water Plant Optimization

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN Power Systems Emergency & Standby Power Lighting and Lighting Controls Security Systems 24 / 7 Power Systems (UPS) Power Monitoring Systems Toxic Gas Monitoring Graphic Control and Alarm Panels Grounding and Bonding Industrial Hygiene Systems Low Tolerance Temp Control Title 24 Analysis and Design Heat Recovery Systems Central Utility Plants Air Handlers HVAC System Controls PLC Programming Fire Protection and Plumbing MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN HVAC Heating Systems Water and Gas Cooling Systems / Chilled Water Dehumidification Systems Contamination Sensitive Areas


Low Voltage Design Audio Visual Design

Security Systems Design Architectural Acoustics Wireless Design & Modeling

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Integrated Building Management Systems BMS Network Integration Telco Facilities and Services Voice Systems and Applications Relocation & Data Center Migration Services Strategic Planning and Analysis Project Management Management Consulting

Energy Management Energy Conservation Fire Alarm Systems Public Address Systems Plug Loads Control


Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts

Los Angeles, CA


New Construction 360,000 SF

The Lucas Museum was conceived with the bold ambition to challenge the way our societies appreciate art museums. Inspired by its resolute mission, the engineering design blasted off with the vision to deliver a lasting, centenarian building in harmony with its site. The carbon zero design harnessed heat and cooling from the soil beneath the museum with over 700 vertical bores. This constituted the deep earth, pulsating aorta of the geothermal field. A second element of nature was introduced by way of a thermally active water pond, which increased the site’s innate cooling capacity. These features were modulated by the high-efficiency, heat recovery central plant that provided all-electric, simultaneous heating and cooling (and no gas-fired boilers). Environmental quality for prime spaces – galleries, state of the art theaters, and lobbies – were controlled with underfloor air-distribution and radiant floors. Smart controls gently nudged temperature and ventilation parameters to adjust to visitors’ comfort. The superstructure lifted off with an exterior façade that self-shaded the thermal shell, effectively reducing cooling demand. Curved onyx glass organically traced the rooftop which formed the solar PV field. At 365 kW capacity, the renewable energy source reduced an estimated 10-15% of the electricity demand and swung the carbon footprint negative. Ahead of its time, the Lucas Museum will open the doors as an eco-friendly, ‘net zero energy’-ready museum that gives back to the surrounding community.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Sea Center

Santa Barbara, CA


Tenant Improvement

AlfaTech provided lighting design services to the Sea Center of Santa Barbara’s Museum of Natural History in California. Services included improving the lighting quality of the interior spaces within the Sea Center by retrofitting or replacing fixtures in place as required.

Wende Museum

Culver City, CA


New Construction 24,000 SF

AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and technology design services for the Wende Museum, a three-story institution chronicling Cold War history as an amalgamation of an art museum, historical archive, and educational hub. The project's focal point was the integration of a new 7,000 SF creative community center featuring a live performance theater, a demonstration garden, art spaces for veterans that wraps around the pre-existing A-Frame structure, slated for conversion into a community based performing arts venue. On the ground floor, additional features including a lobby, men's and women's restrooms, a back-of-house corridor with a break area, private office, and private restroom. A strategically placed new elevator and staircase enhance accessibility and connectivity. Ascending to the second level, a thoughtfully crafted space housing a tutorial room, classroom, electrical and IT room, and storage area. This level also boasts an outdoor entertaining deck, providing panoramic views of the existing gardens. For seamless access, an outdoor staircase leads to the lower-level gardens. To preserve the charm of the existing A-Frame, a structural frame with a slatted wood screen discreetly conceals it, ensuring a harmonious blend of modernity and tradition in this innovative project.

LACMA – Pavilion of Japanese Art

Renovation 32,100 SF Los Angeles, CA TYPE: SIZE:

AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design services for this tenant improvement project for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Pavilion of Japanese Art. The Pavilion, originally built in 1985, is a three-story structure on the museum campus. The renovation was to update the tenant improvement space with additional facilities for conservation department. The project involved meeting with the departments to collate all of the equipment infrastructure MEP needs in addition to measuring electrical power consumption of equipment where cutsheets were unavailable. The project took a tremendous collaborative effort and a lot of planning to condense the schedule.

Children’s Discovery Museum

San Jose, CA


New Construction, Tenant Improvement 52,000 SF

AlfaTech provided mechanical and electrical engineering design services to the Children's Discovery Museum at 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA. The 52,000 SF building built in 1987 consists of two floors and a basement. The building is comprised of exhibition areas, offices, storage, exhibit shop, theater, associated production space, and other associated uses. The basement has a boiler, fire pump, and storage room. The original 1987 construction consisted of 42,788 SF, with the West Wing expansion in 1996 taking the square footage up to 50,122. There was a temporary shop adjacent to the current shop, which has been removed and will be replaced with a permanent, 3,200 SF shop. The project replaces two trane air-cooled chiller in-kind, three chilled water pumps including gauges and valves, flushing the system, replacing all insulation, and balancing the hydronic system. The existing ductwork will remain. The current air handling systems will stay. The 3-way valves for the air handlers will be replaced, and the existing VAV boxes and controls will remain.

Intel RNB Experience Museum Store

San Jose, CA


Tenant Improvement 22,000 SF

AlfaTech provided engineering design services for the 1,200 SF Intel RNB Experience Museum Store in San Jose, CA. Services included a remodel of part of the first floor of the existing Intel RNB building. The scope will encompass approximately 22,000 square feet and will include a small 1000 square foot addition (Board Room) a new Executive Briefing Center, an upgraded main lobby, and remodeled museum with a learning lab and new restrooms. In addition, the existing exterior courtyard will be remodeled with new lighting.

Legion of Honor* San Francisco, CA


Extensive Renovation 84,000 SF

A 1925 masonry 84,000 SF art museum. The firm provided complete mechanical and electrical seismic renovation of 74,000 SF building housing art galleries, office space and a theater, and the mechanical, electrical, fire protection design of a new 38,000 SF exhibit space to house art galleries, art storage and new loading dock. Remodel work includes new kitchen and dining areas. Critical systems include humidity and temperature to preserve the priceless artwork and maintaining architectural features of building while completely replacing HVAC systems. In addition, a smoke evacuation system was designed as an alternative to fire doors separating the two buildings.

* Completed by AlfaTech principal during previous employment

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center

Los Angeles, CA TYPE: SIZE:

Tenant Improvement & Change of Use 9,700 SF

Celebrity chef Andy Nakano was selected to oversee the build-out of a new restaurant and culinary center in this historic,1960's era building, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. With no existing plumbing and mechanical systems in place to support a restaurant or culinary arts facility, a full gut/remodel was required. Challenges included the addition of grease interceptor and as the grease waste system was below the level of the city sewer system in addition to adding a grease exhaust system from this sub-terrain level. The project had extremely challenging conditions with low head space, tight ceiling plenums and limited space for HVAC equipment. The project team mitigated a lot of potential risks with detailed as-builting of the space prior to design.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Hollywood, CA

TYPE: SIZE: 1,000,000 SF

Historical, Tenant Improvement

This project is a striking example of the creative renovation of a historical building to provide the amenities necessary to continue to attract visitors. The project consisted of a seismic structural upgrade and numerous renovations. The seating was replaced, a new state-of-the-art sound system and movie screen were installed, a new projection booth constructed, and the lobby, exterior facade and forecourt were renovated. New lighting was installed in the forecourt area to enhance the renowned hand and footprints embedded in concrete. This was a unique and challenging project as we were charged with designing significant systems upgrades within a strict budget while maintaining the historical nature of the building. One of the most significant challenges was the upgrade of life-safety systems within the building. Built in 1927, this landmark theatre is an opulent, awe-inspiring presence that has been a cornerstone of Hollywood’s history for over 75 years. As a reminder of the Golden Age of Hollywood and location of preference for prestigious premieres, it remains a world-famous attraction that draws thousands of visitors each year.

Center Stage Theater

Fontana, CA


Extensive Renovation 12,100 SF

The project consisted of improvements to an existing theater and adjacent building located in Fontana, California. The scope included upgrades to the main theater auditorium, lobby, 2nd floor Tenant Improvement space, projection room and adjacent building on the north side of the theatre. Also included is the center portion between the theatre and adjacent building. These areas include approximately 8,500 SF in the main building and 3,600 SF in the adjacent building. A new kitchen area was developed in the center of the office building. The kitchen area is a commercial kitchen and required commercial appliances and grease exhaust. A new Green room and Dressing Rooms were built in the area previously occupied by Code Enforcement. A new Rehearsal room was built in the rear of the office building. This included one room with a dance floor, mirrored walls and storage for chairs to enable possible classroom use. Two new restrooms each with a shower were also added. The firm provided complete MEP Engineering consulting services for the tenant improvements to this historic theater. Complete new air conditioning systems were added in a manner to provide economical operation during low occupancy periods and still being able to provide comfort during peak use periods. Power was provided for all the new air conditioning as well as new theater lighting and the kitchen. Plumbing was also an important aspect of the new kitchen.

Kodak Theatre Hollywood, CA


Tenant Improvement 1,782,000 SF

AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design for this mixed-use center consisting of approximately 900,000 SF of retail, restaurants, a 1,850 seat multiplex movie theater and ballroom/conference center, as well as an approximately 750,000 SF below-grade five-level parking structure. The project also includes a new 130,000 SF home of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Theater, which seats 3,500.

Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center*

Burbank, CA

Historic, Tenant Improvement 38,000 SF


The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of Beverly Hills is a new cultural facility that preserves and adapts the landmark 1933 Post Office to include an adjacent new 500-seat state-of-the art theater. Three classrooms, a 150-seat flexible studio space, a donor lounge, production support services and administrative offices have been created within the historic building itself. The electrical infrastructure and all mechanical systems of the 38,000 SF original Post Office required complete reworking and inherent challenges with a historic building renovation and preservation arose as the lobby and façade could not be altered whatsoever. Adjoining the landmark building, the new 500-seat, state-of-the-art Goldsmith Theater is the genesis of previous unsuccessful attempts to house the theatre within the historic structure. We carefully coordinated design and implementation of the Goldsmith Theatre’s MEP systems with the acoustician and lighting designer while staying open to the Annenberg Trust’s evolving needs, a complex and involved process.

* Completed by AlfaTech principal during previous employment

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA


New Construction 300,000 SF

The firm provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services for the 2,350 seat Walt Disney Concert Hall and a parking structure for 2,500 cars and included a restaurant, gift shops, gardens, terraces, pre-concert area with seating for 500, and a rehearsal hall with seating for 300 for chamber music concerts.

City College of San Francisco, Performing Arts Center

San Francisco, CA


New Construction 537,000 SF

Target LEED Silver

The firm provided master planning and infrastructure design services for the City College of San Francisco’s new Ocean Avenue campus. The campus will house eight new buildings including a performing arts center, advanced technology building, joint use facility, central plant (part of joint use building), classroom building, dormitory, and bookstore totaling 437,000 SF. The Performing Arts center is a 113,000 SF two level building comprised of three (3) main performance spaces; a 650-seat proscenium auditorium, a 150-seat music recital hall, and 150-seat studio (black box) theater with support spaces including scene shop, dressing rooms, costume shop, storage, recording and broadcasting rooms. The College’s project goals included the buildings be designed and certified to a minimum LEED Silver rating. We also provided MEP and sustainable design for the AIA Award Winning, new performing arts complex spanning 100,000 SF. Targeting LEED Silver.

Tobin Center For The Performing Arts

San Antonio, TX


Historic, Tenant Improvement 200,000 SF

This world class center converted the city's historic Spanish Colonial auditorium into a state-of-the-art facility for the performing arts. With a unique “flat floor” capability, the 1,768-seat HEB Performance Hall quickly transforms into multiple configurations for banquets, cabaret seating, or special events. The 231-seat Studio Theater has equally flexible space and the 600-seat River Walk Plaza adds even more performance space. Features include energy efficient HVAC system incorporating displacement ventilation; integrated daylighting controls, rainwater and cooling tower blowdown re-use for landscape irrigation, and high-performance envelope design.

SFJazz Performance Center*

San Francisco, CA


New Construction 36,552 SF

LEED Certified

Provided mechanical engineering design for this new three-story, 35,000 SF venue in the Civic Center performing arts district with features including flexible seating arrangements in its main auditorium allowing capacity to expand from 350 to 700. In addition to the primary state, the SFJAZZ Center has a smaller, 80-seat multi-purpose ensemble room as well as ground level public amenities such as café, box office and small retail shop. Sustainable features include 100% outside air ventilation, displacement ventilation, naturally ventilated areas and radiant floors.

* Completed by AlfaTech principal during previous employment

Kid’s Country Center For The Arts & Sciences

Danville, CA


Tenant Improvement 19,000 SF

Electrical design services were provided for the remodel of an existing two-story art and science center. The first floor houses a 250-seat theater, and the second floor contains offices and a science learning center, classroom, and kitchen facilities.

Woodside Priory Theater

New Construction 16,650 SF Portola Valley, CA TYPE: SIZE:

Provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services for the new single-story, Performing Arts Center building for the Woodside Priory School. The 400-seat auditorium is used for drama plays and musicals, band performances, orchestra concerts, speakers, large meetings, and occasional social and dinner events. In addition, two support buildings for Orchestra/Choir Rehearsal and Shop are also included. This LEED Certified project features a living green roof to offset energy consumption and to blend with the natural surroundings of the school campus.

Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios School of Film & Television

Orange, CA


Tenant Improvement 76,000 SF

The firm provided complete mechanical, electrical, lighting, plumbing and fire protection systems design for this three-story building, at Chapman University with state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs with industry standard tools and cutting-edge technology. Spaces include Television and Broadcast Journalism stage and control room, 36 individual editing suites, set design shop, production design studio, Foley Stage, two sound studios (2,500 SF and 5,000 SF), 500-seat theater, locker rooms, hair/makeup studio, green room, 2 audition rooms, production management office and support spaces.

LA Trade-Tech College, Liberal Arts Theater & Entertainment Center

Los Angeles, CA


Designed to meet LEED Silver

The firm provided full mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection consulting engineering services for this project. The original building was built in the 1920s. This project includes the renovation of the 1,500-seat auditorium and support areas plus an additional new 20,000 square feet. The engineering includes special attention paid to acoustics, energy, and lighting. A heat recovery run around coil is included for enhanced energy efficiency. Several life cycle cost analyses were conducted to examine LEED options such as photovoltaics, water versus air-cooled chillers, new chillers versus expansion of an existing central plant, and thermal storage. It was determined that thermal storage offered the best life cycle cost, however, with the existing central plant not complete, it was decided that it would be less expensive to expand the existing central plant. The project was designed to a minimum of LEED Silver standards and is expected to exceed Title 24 by 20%.

Monterey Peninsula College, Theater

Monterey, CA


Tenant Improvement 28,000 SF

Provided mechanical, plumbing, electrical and technology engineering services for the modernization of an existing theater at Monterey Peninsula College located in the City of Monterey.

Napa Valley College, Performing Arts Center

Napa, CA


New Construction 48,000 SF

The new building is dedicated to theater and music instruction and performance at this community college. The facility includes a 350-seat main auditorium, 150-seat studio theater, 60-seat rehearsal room, classrooms, and support space.

EUHSD, Evergreen Valley, Performing Arts Center

San Jose, CA


New Construction 240,000 SF

The new Evergreen Valley High School campus consists of seven buildings and is part of the Eastside Union High School District. Services includied two-story classroom structures, administrative offices, library, gymnasiums, cafeteria, and a performance art/music building. Among the other amenities are a swimming pool, locker room, football stadium and two softball fields. The stadium lighting was designed for multiple sports to be played on the same field with local control for different events.

CUHSD, Performing Arts Centers

San Jose, CA


New Construction 45,000 SF

New performing arts centers for five campuses in the Campbell Union High School District provide creative space for students, staff and local communities. Each 9,000 SF theater complex has a 200-seat capacity along with lobby, main stage, backstage, green room, changing rooms, AV control room and all necessary supporting areas. Energy efficient green building Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) requirements were incorporated into the base of MEP design.

SMUHSD, Capuchino High School, Theater

San Bruno, CA


Tenant Improvement 37,000 SF

The firm provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering and technology design services for San Mateo Union High School District’s Capuchino High School's existing large and small theaters, an existing lobby, a new addition to the theater lobby, and a new music building. The firm also provided comprehensive designs for the modernization of outdated facilities as well as designs for new buildings at six high school campuses within the district.

SUHSD, Woodside High School, Performing Arts Center

Woodside, CA


New Construction 27,300 SF

The firm provided engineering design services for a new performing arts center in the Sequoia Union High School District that includes a 500-seat auditorium with a professional-size 35–foot-by-90-foot stage and fly tower. A multipurpose room that can be used as a dance studio, green room, or a drama classroom also has dressing rooms, a costume fitting room, a scenery workshop, a lobby, restrooms, offices, and instrument storage for the music department. Flexibility is the essential programmatic requirement for this Performing Arts Center. The stage includes an adjustable orchestra lift supplied by Gala Spiralift, enabling it to be raised and lowered in seconds even with the entire orchestra seated on it. The theater also features the first digital rigging system on the West Coast. It operates in the fly space with room enough for expansion.

SUHSD, Carlmont Performing Arts Center

Belmont, CA


New Construction 25,000 SF


This new high school music and art building in the Sequoia Union High School District’s Carlmont School, includes art galleries, music practice rooms, photo classroom with darkroom, art and ceramics studios, office space, and storage. The 496-seat Main Theater and the 76-seat Studio Theater are equipped with high performance audio visual and stage lighting. Sustainability features include 40 kW solar PV.

GUSD, Christopher High School, Performing Arts Center

Gilroy, CA


New Construction 21,230 SF; 140,000 SF total

Gilroy Union School District is an ongoing client. One notable project is Christopher High School which achieved Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) status. Provided mechanical, plumbing, electrical and technology engineering services to create this energy efficient and sustainably designed campus which includes a new two-story performing arts building, classrooms, a cafeteria, and a gym. Phase I of this project received the Award of Excellence at the 2011 Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards. Designed entire campus utilizing the latest technology in integrated lighting control.

Bellarmine College Prepatory High School, Sobrato Center

San Jose, CA


New Construction 49,700 SF


The Sobrato Center is a new building dedicated to the school’s art and music programs and features a thrust-stage and 440-seat theater. The theater facilities also include an orchestra pit, fly space, full off-stage space, and a full shop for set building. A second “Black Box” theatre, which is used for smaller and more experimental productions, Sanguine Humours performances and student directed or student-written one-act plays, seats between 90 and 130 people.

SJUSD, Lincoln High School, Performing Arts Center

San Jose, CA


Tenant Improvement 6,750 SF

Provided electrical, mechanical, plumbing, low voltage and fire alarm design for an addition to the existing Black Box Theater as well as alterations to the interiors at San Jose Unified School District’s Lincoln High School. The new addition includes lobby, dressing rooms, restrooms, ticket booth, concession stand, concrete flatwork and covered walkway.

SMVJUSD, Pioneer Valley High School Performing Arts Center

Santa Maria, CA


Tenant Improvement 16,100 SF

This project includes engineering and design services for the new performing arts theater at the Santa Maria Valley Joint Union High School District’s Pioneer Valley High School campus. Electrical design services include providing design of power, lighting, data, fire alarm and low voltage to the new theater and facility including the lobby and support spaces.

MVWSD, Graham Middle School Theater

New Construction 10,600 SF Mountain View, CA TYPE: SIZE:

AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering and infrastructure design for the Mountain View Whisman School District’s Graham Middle School new 10,600 SF single-story theater, stage, and lobby area.


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