Photo credit: Cesar Rubio
- Location: San Mateo, CA
- Building type(s): Laboratory
- New construction
- 29,000 ft2 (2,690 m2)
- Project scope: a single building
- Suburban setting
- Completed February 2003
The San Mateo County Forensic Laboratory and Coroner's Office is a highly secure and technologically innovative laboratory facility designed to provide a superior workplace, flexibility to accommodate changing needs, and advanced resource efficiency. The facility houses eight distinct forensic laboratories and the coroner's office.
This facility provides a bright, open, and airy work environment while meeting stringent security requirements. All regularly occupied areas of the building are daylit, and office areas have operable windows. The orientation of the building, large roof overhangs, north-facing clerestory windows, and canted windows on the southwest reduce glare while maximizing daylight. Energy demand has been reduced over 50% relative to the stringent California Title 24 energy requirements, and renewable energy systems supply all non-HVAC energy requirements. The building also incorporates green building materials and an aggressive recycling plan diverted over 78% of construction waste from landfills. This project demonstrates that integrated, high-performance design can produce a better workplace while substantially reducing operating costs and significantly reducing reliance on the electricity grid.
Owner & Occupancy
- Owned and occupied by County of San Mateo, Local government
- Typically occupied by 37 people, 40 hours per person per week; and 0 visitors per week
Laboratory (48%), Office (20%), Circulation (11%), Other (4%), Mechanical systems (4%), Conference (4%), Restrooms (3%), Lobby/reception (2%), Dining
Drives/roadway, Patio/hardscape, Interpretive landscape, Restored landscape, Pedestrian/non-motorized vehicle path, Parking, Garden—decorative, Garden—productive, Wildlife habitat
Integrated team, Green specifications, Wildlife habitat, Efficient fixtures and appliances, Drought-tolerant landscaping, Massing and orientation, Glazing, Passive solar, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, On-site renewable electricity, Recycled materials, Connection to outdoors, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Low-emitting materials