This Facilities Maintenance Center at Cañada College creates a centralized hub for the campus’ maintenance and operations functions and staff. Previous to this building, the maintenance spaces were scattered throughout campus and were functioning less efficiently than they could or should be. The collaborative design process facilitated by BCA resulted in an efficient layout that consolidates all maintenance, custodial and storage spaces. The simple utilitarian structures serve as a home base for district facilities staff responsible for the operations and maintenance of the campus grounds and buildings.
This project also provided an opportunity to reinforce the District’s commitment to “campus greening.” Facilities and maintenance buildings can often be overlooked as a place where sustainable design can have an impact, but San Mateo County CCD made a conscious choice to promote energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly maintenance practices. The building was sited to maximize daylighting, views and access, while minimizing driving distances. The redirection of stormwater runoff helps protect the ecosystem inhabiting the nearby creeks and the site’s contaminated soils were remediated prior to construction. This project achieved LEED® Gold certification.