Sustainable Design Features of the San Mateo County
Sheriff's Forensic Laboratory and Coroner's Office
Bill Odell, Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc.
This will display the spectacular sustainable design features utilized
in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Forensic Laboratory and Coroner's
Office. This technologically innovative laboratory is highly flexible
and incorporates energy-efficient fume hoods and HVAC systems. The
facility also meets strict security requirements within a bright,
open, and calming work environment.
The facility was designed with a plethora of sustainable features
and will achieve approximately $44,000 per year energy cost savings
with a simple payback of approximately 10 years. The facility is
also estimated to save save 1,691 tons of carbon dioxide emissions,
(the equivalent to 477 acres of trees and removing 340 cars from
California highways) over 25 years.
The success of the facility proves that green building strategies
are appropriate even in the context of a highly secure and technologically-complex
This project has won a number of awards, including:
- 2003 American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment
(COTE) Top Ten Green Project
- 2003 American Institute of Architects San Mateo County Chapter
- 2003 R&D Magazine: Lab of the Year Award (Special Mention)
- 2004 LEED Silver certification - Pending
The lab was the first building completed in San Mateo in the 21st
Century, and a primary goal was to promote modern thought and based
on the building's success, San Mateo County now requires design
toward LEED certification for all new facilities.
With a focus on sustainability, this project is a great reflection
on the Labs21 Approach to lab design. Through energy saving design
methods (including the use of photovoltaics which return surplus
power generated back to the grid), water saving methods (including
landscaping with native grasses and wildflowers, as well as waterless
urinals, low-flow showerheads and toilets), and renewable building
materials and finishes, this project has inspired an entire region
to rethink its entire building philosophy.
By explaining the process and methods used in a sustainable approach
to laboratory designand in particular, the design of an advanced
computer labthe poster illustrates how these strategies lead
to added efficiency and continued improvement throughout the life
of the building.
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