How do you make sure an essential facility remains operational following an earthquake?
How do you make sure an essential facility remains operational following an earthquake?

San Mateo Police Facility

Forell/Elsesser provided structural engineering services for this new 44,000 s.f. building which houses an emergency communications and dispatch center, jail cells, locker rooms and a pistol range.

Customized Solution
  • This two story building over one level of underground parking was designed as an essential facility to remain operational following a large earthquake.
  • The use of Buckling Restrained Braced Frames (BRBF’s) will ensure good seismic performance.
  • The site’s high water table created difficult site conditions.
  • Design of the parking podium included heavy fire truck loading.
CATEGORIES

Justice/Civic/Governmental


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Architect: Leach Mounce
  • Owner: City of San Mateo
  • Essential facility
  • Parking for 124 cars