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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 is designing a 1,022 stall structure that will provide a welcoming gateway to the new campus, featuring a gathering space with direct connection to a pedestrian promenade. The ground level will offer three pedestrian access points to connect users to the surrounding area. A metal screen facade will provide an open, airy feel while maintaining natural ventilation. The garage will support 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 is being designed with increased floor-to-floor heights compatible with human uses. The structure will also utilize an express ramp instead of a park on ramp, which preserves the full footprint of the ground floor for alternative use.

The parking structure will include a PV array and 61 EV charging stations. Energy usage from the charging stations will be offset by photovoltaic panels on the top level. The facility will also feature 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