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San Mateo High School, New Academic Building

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San Mateo High School, New Academic Building, in San Mateo, CA.

Thornton Tomasetti

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This new 131,000-square-foot academic building captures the original Tudor-style architecture of the 1927 school, re-creating the façade along North Delaware Street (including the “drunken sailor” brick pattern). Portions of the original building were salvaged and reused, resulting in a fully modern school that retains the spirit of the historic campus.

The two- and three-story braced steel framed structure houses administration areas, classrooms, science and computer laboratories, a library, and a cafeteria. The design reconfigured the campus by arranging the buildings in a U-shape, creating a new outdoor student quadrangle focused around an open-air amphitheater to provide a central, safe gathering place for students.

Design and approval were accelerated for the District and completed in five months.

Project Stats

Location: San Mateo, California

Architect: BCA Architects

Area: 131,000 sf

Completion Date: 2004

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