Longtime Swinerton Management & Consulting (SMC) client, San Mateo County Community College District, recently celebrated a ribbon cutting for their new Science and Technology Building at Cañada College in Redwood City. The new state-of-the-art building is a fully accessible learning facility featuring contemporary design and advanced instructional equipment. The three-story, 50,000-square-foot learning structure features modern, flexible classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices for science education. The building design resolves steep site grade conditions via incorporation of a pass-through exterior bridge that allows circulation through the building without entering the secured space.
The building sits comfortably in the hillside and is an anchor for the north end of the campus with a new north quad exterior plaza designated as a gathering space for the campus community. The structure also includes an indoor/outdoor “learning commons” with an occupied third floor deck that overlooks the mountainous hills to the west. The building has achieved a LEED® Platinum rating and is Net Zero Energy-ready to support student academic success today and for many tomorrows. The project was built using a progressive design-build delivery method and finished six months ahead of schedule. The early delivery allowed classes to start in the new building a semester in advance.