Chapter Meeting | A Case Study on How Integrated Teams Create Innovative Solutions
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 Export to Your Calendar 5/27/2020
When: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Fremont Union High School District - Educational Options Campus
589 W. Fremont Avenue
Sunnyvale, California  94087
United States
Contact: Chris Burnham
(408) 298-0611

Online registration is available until: 5/27/2020
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How Integrated Teams Create Innovative Solutions: A Case Study

This lecture will demonstrate how a successfully integrated AEC team delivered a truly innovative solution to the Fremont Union High School District in the form of its Education Options project. Some years ago, long-time partners Blach Construction, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and GPLA Structural Engineers identified an opportunity to revolutionize the education construction market by developing a pre-engineered building solution called Folia. While providing a brief overview of the unique architectural and construction aspects of Folia, this presentation will focus on "teaming," illustrating how three very distinct firms forged a unique partnership to deliver highly efficient projects. Detailed successes and failures will be shared.

6:00 - 7:00 PM Social hour with nibbles and drinks
7:00 - 7:30 PM Chapter updates and Scholarship Awards
7:30 - 8:15 PM Presentation
8:15 - 8:30 PM Q+A

COST: Free to members (be sure to sign in)
$40 for non-members


Learning Objectives





  1. Learn how very early team integration across disciplines can lead to positive outcomes. Rather than discuss concepts, we will provide details on how to achieve successful integration
  2. Find out how prefabrication can accelerate construction schedules and reduce budgets.  Limits, challenges and why prefab is  not more prevalent in the industry today will be discussed.
  3. Realize the importance of trust in true teaming and how it can assist in eliminating the costly, inefficient shop drawing process, traditionally difficult due to our typically adversary relationships
  4. Understand how "lean" concepts are common goals that are equally as important to design as they are to construction.
  5. Learn how close collaboration can result in better quality buildings and better quality design, while reducing risk for all parties involved.  


Ryan Holman
Project Manager, Blach Construction, Inc.

An essential member of the Blach team since 2011, Ryan has proved himself to be a valuable asset to our organization, exhibiting critical thinking and meticulous organizational skills. He rose quickly through the operational ranks into his current role as project manager, where he has quarterbacked some of Blach’s most innovative projects.

As project manager, Ryan oversees all day-to-day project operations from preconstruction to close-out, working closely with clients, consultants, and field teams. His specific responsibilities range from subcontractor bidding and value engineering to GMP development/presentation, construction schedules and billing. To round out his project management skills, Ryan did a rotation in Blach’s preconstruction group. During that time he developed preliminary and detailed construction estimates, which assisted in driving the final GMP.

Currently, Ryan champions Folia, Blach’s patented, prefabricated building created in partnership with Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and Gregory P. Luth and Associates. A true design-build solution that is adaptable and durable, Folia buildings can be delivered quickly and cost-effectively. Ryan has recently completed two, distinct and highly successful Folia projects, advised on several others and is focused on evolving the solution with the broader Folia team.


Aaron Jobson
Principal, QKA

Aaron Jobson, one of QKA’s five principals, comes from a family of educators and has a passion for creating dynamic, sustainable learning environments. He is known for his innovative projects, including American Canyon High School (American Canyon, Calif.), one of the highest scoring Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified projects in California. He is also one of the creators of Folia, a pre-fabricated two-story steel classroom building that dramatically reduces design, permitting and construction time on projects to market. Jobson’s work, passion and advocacy has garnered his reputation as a thought leader on how school facility design directly impacts academic success – a subject on which he has spoken about at national education conferences.

A founding member of the School Energy Coalition, Jobson is a legislative advocate for energy efficiency measures affecting schools and a leading voice on sustainability. He is the Co-Chair of the CHPS California Advisory Committee and serves on CHPS’ board of directors. He also volunteers for Homes for Sonoma, an organization providing solutions to address the loss of housing in Sonoma County from the 2017 Northern California wildfires.

In 2015, Jobson was certified as an Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), currently held by less than 300 of the nation’s most qualified designers and planners of school facilities.