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MKThink founded and launched Project FROG (Flexible Response to Ongoing Growth) in 2006, now a successful green tech company that has reinvented pre-engineered buildings to be smart, healthy, green and affordable. The initiative that led us to create this company arose from the painful observation that schoolyards have become trailer parks for the most part and we just couldn’t accept the notion that portables had to be so unhealthy, so un-green and so dreary. Project Frog has now deployed and implemented numerous projects, including:

  • Jim Russell Racing School at Infineon Raceway
  • Child Development Center at CCSF
  • Crissy Field Center in the Presidio
  • Watkinson Center for Science and Global Studies
  • Jacoby Creek Charter School
  • Vaughn Next Century Learning Center

Vaughn Next Century Learning Center

Earning the name, “The Little School That Could”, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center is truly a model for school reform locally, nationally and globally. Raising academic achievement through programs such as accelerated English learning and school-wide literacy, Vaughn vastly improves the future prospects of students from highly disadvantaged backgrounds. The charter school continues to stay ahead of the curve with immediate plans to open two state-of-the-art Frog classrooms to enhance their new sustainability program. The unique curriculum will focus on lessons of sustainable practices using the FROG buildings as a 3,000 sf teaching tool. The students will be aptly prepared for a future in California green jobs.

Jacoby Creek Charter School

The Jacoby Creek Charter School District was awarded a grant from the State of California to replace portable trailers on their 6-acre campus. With the goal of occupancy by the start of school in fall 2009, the school leadership began searching for affordable and sustainable options to replace existing trailers and expand the overall size of the school. They quickly found conventional methods would not work for them – traditional construction in this isolated community in rural Northern California would have taken too long and been cost prohibitive. Project Frog offered the school a low-cost alternative with abundant eco-friendly features. In addition, Project Frog’s quick deployment combined with the existing DSA pre-check certification ensured the tight timeline would be met.

Crissy Field Center

San Francisco has a new icon thanks to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. Project FROG’s latest smart building is located on the beautiful San Francisco waterfront at Crissy Field’s East Beach. The new interim home for Crissy Field Center demonstrates model practices in sustainability which further advances their environmental education programs for local youth. With LEED Gold certification underway, the 7,436 sf state-of-the-art facility will be one of the most technologically-advanced, energy-efficient buildings in existence and will adhere to the most stringent green certification standards. The Center features high-performance classrooms, a science lab, an art room, administrative space as well as a cafe.

Watkinson School – Center for Science and Global Studies

Watkinson School, the only independent school in Hartford, Connecticut now has three, interconnected, energy neutral classrooms to support the advanced curriculum – specifically the development of their exciting Science and Global Studies Program. Project FROG executed a 3,812 sf fast-track project to meet the school’s programming needs and budget while providing a healthy, sustainable, and productive energy neutral environment for students and staff alike. The result is a state-of-the-art, sustainable learning complex that excites young people about science, teaches kids how to be global citizens and stewards, and reflects the creative spirit of Watkinson as a whole. The academic program for the new Center focuses around environmental studies, global studies, middle school sciences and the nexus of where those disciplines interact: ethical action. To support these varied curricula, the classrooms are flexible to accommodate lecture, seminar and lab-style instruction, and are ‘wet’ and durable to allow for hands-on experimentation, have wireless capability, and are healthy, living ecosystems capable of demonstrating superior energy performance, environmental responsibility and stewardship. Furthermore, the classrooms have a transparent relationship to the natural environment and directly relate to the outdoor teaching lab adjacent to the complex. The classrooms are knit together by a common entry lobby that houses a collaboration “living room” as well as a thought provoking exhibit area. Eco-friendly features of the new science pavilion include solar power, no or low VOC-emitting interiors, high-recycled content building materials, and very energy efficient systems.

AWARDS

2009
National Council of Structural Engineers Associations – Excellence in Structural Engineering
Gold Nugget Awards – Outstanding Special Use Project – Merit Award
Modular Building Institute – Best in Show, Honorable Mention (Green Building Design)
Crunchies Award – Best Clean Tech Startup

2008
American Council of Engineering Companies – Honor Award for Excellence in Engineering Design
Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California – Honor Award for Engineering Excellence
Gold Nugget Award – Best Public/ Private Special Use Facility – Merit Award
Modular Building Institute – Best in Show, Honorable Mention (Green Building Design)
Structural Engineers Association of California – Award of Engineering Excellence
Structural Engineers Association of Northern California – Award of Excellence for Sustainable Design

2007
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) – Green Apple Award
Modular Building Institute – First Place Award for Green Building Design