How do you create a new center of a revitalized community college campus?
How do you create a new center of a revitalized community college campus?

College of San Mateo College Center Building 10

The College Center dominates the College of San Mateo campus as a 140,000 s.f. 4-story structure located on top of one of the highest points on campus.  Its dramatic angular form mimics new axis of the expanded and revitalized College of San Mateo campus.

Customized Solution
  • The College Center is located on a sloping site.  The building’s floors and roofs are concrete filled metal deck supported by composite steel beams and steel columns.  Lateral forces are resisted by special concentric braced frames (SCBF) above the second floor, and by special reinforced concrete shear walls at the first floor.
  • Cost / schedule control / project challenges: The use of an SCBF system for this project was chosen to fast-track the DSA review process in an effort to meet the accelerated project completion schedule.  Forell/Elsesser worked closely with the design team to accommodate unforeseen site soil conditions, including a rapid redesign of portions of the foundation system based on changing geotechnical information.  Our firm worked to minimize structural costs through value engineering efforts such as the redesign of connections for the upturned roof trusses.
  • Concrete filled metal deck supported by composite steel beams and steel columns, special concentric braced frames (SCBF) above the second floor, and special reinforced concrete shear walls at the first floor
  •  The diagonal form which protrudes from the 4th floor on both sides of the building is supported by upturned roof trusses and tension hanger rods.
CATEGORIES

Academic - Community College, K-12


HIGHLIGHTS
  • General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Architect: LPA Architects
  • Owner: Community College of San Mateo
  • Concrete filled metal deck supported by composite steel beams and steel columns, special concentric braced frames (SCBF) above the second floor, and special reinforced concrete shear walls at the first floor
  • The diagonal form which protrudes from the 4th floor on both sides of the building is supported by upturned roof trusses and tension hanger rods.

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