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As part of a massive project to improve government services and facilities for both residents and employees of San Mateo County, the new County Office Building #3 in Redwood City will house a variety of services on a single, vibrant civic campus. As part of the project, the County wished to provide parking that not only meets current needs, but is also mindful of how parking might evolve in the future.

To achieve the County’s vision, Watry Design designed a 1,022 stall structure that provides a welcoming gateway to the new campus, featuring a gathering space with direct connection to a pedestrian promenade. The ground level offers three pedestrian access points to connect users to the surrounding area. A metal screen facade provides an open, airy feel while maintaining natural ventilation. The garage supports County agencies, judicial facilities, jury parking, County employees, the general public and visitors to downtown Redwood City.

Should parking demand decrease in the future, the ground floor was designed with increased floor-to-floor heights compatible with human uses. The structure also utilizes an express ramp instead of a park on ramp, which preserves the full footprint of the ground floor for alternative use.

The parking structure includes 61 EV charging stations and a 1,350 panel PV system with annual production of around 900,000 kilowat hours. The facility also features dynamic signage to aid users searching for a parking space, pay-on-foot stations and bicycle amenities.

Project Details

  • Owner: County of San Mateo
  • Contractor: Truebeck Construction
  • Project Status: Construction
  • Parking Stalls: 1,022
  • Levels: 7
  • Total Sq Ft: 345,100
  • Sq Ft per Stall: 337
  • Total Project Cost: $47,339,858
  • Per Stall Cost: $46,320