O’Mahony & Myer designed the electrical lighting, power and signal systems for its first educational project in 1979, the year the firm was founded. Since then we have provided electrical engineering design or lighting design, or both, for over 500 education projects, fully 20% of our work. We are experts at designing state-of-the-art electrical and lighting systems for libraries, science laboratories, classrooms, computer labs, data centers, administration buildings, indoor and outdoor sports facilities — every conceivable educational application. We are experienced with the various specialty systems common to school facilities, such as video distribution, data communications, central clock / speaker / telephone systems, security, campus lighting controls, and fire alarm systems. And we are experienced with the DSA application process, working with Inspector's of Record in the field, and the CHPS and CASH guidelines for school projects.
While we design structures from the ground up, such as the Seismic Recovery Building (SRB1) at UC Berkeley, the Hanx Biomedical Research Facility at UCLA, the Braun Music Library at Stanford University and the Walter A. Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, many of our projects involve renovating existing structures and bringing their lighting and electrical systems into the 21st Century. Many of the renovation projects have been historic restorations, such as Cubberly Hall at Stanford, originally designed and built in the early 1920’s.
Our higher education portfolio includes numerous projects at local colleges such as the College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, Cañada College in Redwood City and Napa Valley College. We’ve also done extensive work at UCSF Medical School, the University of San Francisco, UC Davis, and other California state schools. We designed the new Frank P. Doyle Library at Santa Rosa Junior College, for which we received the 2007 Illumination Design Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). And we provided the campus site lighting redesign master plan for the UC Berkeley campus, the Stockton campus of the University of the Pacific and the Napa Valley College campus.
In addition to our college and university work, we have designed over 300 individual projects at high schools, middle schools and elementary schools from San Jose to Eureka, from Point Reyes to Modesto, encompassing everything from simple portable classrooms to entire school campuses. In our home county of Marin we have completed multiple projects at 17 different schools.
Among our more notable K~12 projects are the award-winning Lick-Wilmerding High School Arts and Sciences Building; Kenilworth Junior High School in Petaluma — designed to the guidelines of the Collaboration for High Performance Schools (CHPS) — and the recently completed Heritage High School in Brentwood. In addition, we have completed multiple projects at high profile private schools such as University High School in San Francisco, Nueva School in Hillsborough, the San Francisco Day School, and Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, including the Siboni Arts Building.