the california water service company engaged brick to provide comprehensive programming, building design, and interior design for a new operations and administrative facility for their bayshore district office.
located within a diverse neighborhood setting including the san mateo high school, multi-family apartments, and single family homes, this long-overdue project had to consider many sensitive neighborhood concerns.
the architectural design of the operations facility strives to be sensitive in scale by creating 2 wings linked by a glass atrium, which helps to address the smaller neighborhood buildings nearby. the material palette, which is a mixture of brick, glass, and metal panel, takes its cues from the nearby san mateo high school. sustainability plays a major role in the design of this facility, which is pursuant to the goals of an inherently conservation-conscious client. captured daylight, natural ventilation, water-efficient fixtures, and sensitive solar orientation help the building design achieve a target of leed gold.
the site design and landscape concept improves the perimeter of the site to benefit the pedestrian experience by showcasing indigenous and drought-tolerant landscape and low-flow irrigation techniques aimed at supporting cal water's message of conservation. a public entry plaza punctuates the building entry and creates a new public space amenity along the project's primary street. additionally, problematic site access points have been repositioned to increase pedestrian and vehicular safety.