Tonic Design Selected for WCPSS Master Professional Services Agreement
To provide architecture services for Wake County public schools.
Tonic Design, a multi-award-winning architectural firm based in Raleigh, NC, has qualified to provide architecture services to the Wake County Public School System, the largest school district in North Carolina, under the WCPSS’s Master Professional Services Agreements.
To qualify, Tonic Design co-owners Vincent Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, AIA, met all criteria including:
- Expertise in the type of work the WCPSS would require.
- Number of years the firm has been in business.
- Successful past performance on similar projects that included handling budgets and scheduling.
- Awards and professional acknowledgments with letters of recommendation.
- Status as a minority business with 51 percent of the firm owned by, in this case, a woman.
Hogan, who is also a member of the City of Raleigh’s Appearance Commission, and Petrarca presented their qualifications to the WCPSS’s Facilities Design and Construction department. The agreement is in effect for two years
Tonic Design is currently working on a “Maker Space,” a new building for an existing private elementary school. The school’s administration wants to expand pedagogical opportunities through long-term projects and new technologies. Inspired by their mission, the partners have based the building’s form on sustainable design strategies. A large roof, for example, will define adaptable volumes of interior space and will let the students witness the sun tracking through the building during the school day,