Date and Time:

April 26, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Nation’s First Net-Zero-Energy Mass Timber Civic Building

San Mateo’s County Office Building 3 is the nation’s first net-zero-energy, mass-timber civic building. The project, a five-story, 200,000 sq. ft. building, which includes glue-laminated columns and beams and cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor and roof systems, is designed to achieve net-zero energy and LEED Gold certification. This event starts with an introduction by the various project team members, including the architects, structural engineers, general contractors and county representatives, and they will discuss the project’s strategies for public engagement, workplace wellness, natural ventilation, daylighting, and passive energy reduction, as well as the material efficiencies that reduced its embodied carbon by 70%. Attendees will break up into smaller groups and tour the building and site with the expert project team members. The tour format encourages questions and discussion, and attendees can get in-depth view of cross-laminated timber construction, from planning, fabrication, assembly to systems integration.

Parking and other instruction:

  • The tour is limited to 45 persons. Members from other local AIA chapters are welcome to join.
  • Parking is available in the garage at the corner of Veterans Blvd and Middlefield Rd (400 Middlefield Rd. Redwood City, CA). Please park on the 6thfloor (floors 1-5 are for county employees).  Park on L6, as that is dedicated to construction parking.  Please use the Winslow street entrance to the garage.
  • Please arrive at the ROC building (501 Winslow st #2) at 3:15 for registration and waiver signing. The tour event will begin at 3:30 with a short presentation of the project (20 – 25 mins) by the design and engineering teams, general contractors and representatives from the County of San Mateo.
  • Please bring PPE (hard hat, vest, safety glasses) if you have it, otherwise there will be extras available. Closed toed leather shoes are required.

AIA Learning objectives:

  1. Learn to communicate with clients about their priorities, process, and criteria, and gain strategies to achieve higher sustainability goals and environmental positive outcome.
  2. Discover effective design strategies for achieving Net-Zero-Energy on a cost-conscious budget.
  3. Study critical issues on MEP integration and structural systems when implementing an exposed cross-laminated timber and Glulam structural system.
  4. Hear how this ground-breaking project strengthened and redefined the Civic Campus of San Mateo County and integration into the downtown fabric of Redwood City.

Attendees can Earn 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs.

This tour is limited to 45 guests.
Tour date: April 26, 2022  3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration deadline 4/25/23   5:00 p.m.
Tickets: AIA Members – $25  Non-members – $40

You can find more about the project here –

Skidmore, Ownings and Merill

Truebeck Construction

Rendering courtesy Skidmore Owings & Merrill