Year: 2006
Award Type: Award of Honor
Territory: PG&E Territory
Location: San Mateo, CA
Owner: County of San Mateo
Developer: County of San Mateo
Architect: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum
Market Segement:
Institutional
Other
Type of Building:
Hospital & Labs
Other
Award Credit:

Design Team

Enovity and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

Photography

Cesar Rubio Photography

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San Mateo County Sheriff’s Forensic Laboratory and Coroner’s Office

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Forensic Laboratory and Coroner’s Office

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Forensic Laboratory and Coroner’s Office

San Mateo County Sheriff's Forensic Laboratory and Coroner's Office

The mission of this highly secure 24/7 investigation laboratory for scientists and administration was to create a new facility for a new millennium. As the first building the County would construct in the 21st century, primary design objectives were to provide users with tools for long-term flexibility and to accommodate evolving research methods. The 29,000-square-foot building reflects the most progressive advances available in science, sustainability, and energy efficiency (38 percent better than Title 24) and conservation. The design achieved a marriage between the building’s highly technical program and the external influences of the sloped three-acre site. The team responded to environmental influences by taking advantage of building orientation, roof design, and opportunities for natural light and ventilation.

The jurors praised the project’s elegant, uncompromising design, careful attention to detail, and responsive integration into the natural elements and terrain of the setting. They commented that the shading strategy is appropriate for the building’s orientation and the design delivers the resulting daylighting for laboratory work. The project’s treatment of the photovoltaics for maximum yield and efficiency is another key achievement, along with the simplicity of the building materials.

Jurors

  • Marlin Addison

    Title: Principal of M.S
    Company: Addison and Associates
    Location: Tempe, AZ

    Mr. Addison is recognized nationally as a leading expert in the practice of energy efficient building design and the professional use of detailed building energy use simulation. During his career, he has consulted on some of the nation’s most notable showcase sustainable building projects including the National Audubon Society Headquarters in New York City and the Natural Resources Defense Council office in Santa Monica, Calif. Due to his unique educational and professional experience, Mr. Addison has been selected by the U.S. DOE, LBL, PNL, NIST, and NREL to serve on a variety of panels and projects guiding federal building energy research. He also serves as clinical assistant professor and director of the Building Energy Simulation Lab at Arizona State University’s College of Design. His M.S. in Energy Efficient Building Design combined graduate course work in architecture, architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, and operations research.

  • Sandra Mendler, AIA

    Title: Vice President and Sustainable Design Principal
    Company: HOK
    Location: San Francisco, CA

    A nationally recognized, award-winning sustainable design leader, Ms. Mendler has contributed to numerous high profile showcase projects – three of which have been recognized by AIA as top ten Green Buildings of the Year. She serves on the US Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors and is past chair of the national AIA Committee on the Environment. The co-author of the HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, published by John Wiley & Sons, Ms. Mendler contributes regularly to industry publications and events. She holds degrees in architecture from Washington University and Pratt Institute.

  • Hofu Wu, ArchD, FAIA

    Title: Professor of Architecture
    Company: Cal Poly Pomona
    Location: Pomona, CA

    Hofu Wu, ArchD, FAIA

    Dr. Wu has devoted more than 25 years to teaching advanced energy efficient technologies and their integration in architectural design and currently serves as director of Cal Poly’s Environmental Design Technology Unit. In addition to his involvement in committees that generate national energy standards, he has always been an advocate of the USGBC’s LEED program. As an environment and energy consultant, his clients include utility companies, private corporations, state and federal governments as well as national and international research laboratories. His research papers have been published widely in conference proceedings. Dr. Wu holds a B. A. in Architecture degree from Tamkang University in Taiwan, an M. A. in Architecture degree from University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Architecture degree from University of Michigan.


Award Credit

Design Team

Enovity and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

Photography

Cesar Rubio Photography

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