A Green Building Honorable Mention, cosponsored by Sustainable San Mateo County, the American Institute of Architects, San Mateo County Chapter and Peninsula Clean Energy, will be awarded to The Bay Meadows Urban Village. Set alongside the Caltrain Station and Highway 101 and only a stone’s throw from the bay in San Mateo, this development serves as the economic engine of the single largest redevelopment site in the Bay Area. As a transit-oriented development (TOD), it delivers the best of modern living in the form of a vibrant commercial heart serving 1,000 residential homes, townhomes and apartments. It features a superior-quality, mixed-use neighborhood; green-designed, state-of-the-art, LEED Gold-certified office buildings; outdoor plazas surrounded by retail and restaurants; and a flourishing community garden, ribbons of bike trails and acres of parkland.

The development utilized biophilic design strategies to improve occupants’ health and wellness and their overall experience. The project leverages San Mateo’s Northern California climate to create a comfortable setting. The design puts a premium on access to daylight, outdoor views and nature, where occupants are never more than 30 feet from exterior glazing. The design also immerses occupants with nature, providing a variety of outdoor spaces at work. The buildings’ landscaped courtyard features native, drought-tolerant plantings and provides areas for respite and recreations. These lessons have been shared at industry conferences and publications and have been used to inform the design of projects across the globe.

Congratulations to the team behind this remarkable development!

Owner: Stockbridge Capital Group. Developer: Wilson Meany. Architect: HOK, San Francisco. Builder: Webcor, San Francisco.

A few fun facts:

  • The development is comprised of 1.4 million square feet of office and retail space with two levels of subgrade parking across all buildings.
  • Bicycle parking is provided for both building tenants and the public.
  • The buildings achieved an average energy cost savings of 35%.
  • The development adaptively reused the city’s horse racetrack that closed in 2008. The buildings incorporated 37% recycled materials and 264% local materials. A total of 100% of the total wood-based building materials are FSC certified, and 81% of the on-site generated construction waste was diverted from landfill.
  • The buildings reduced potable water use by 43%. The landscaping and irrigation systems were designed to reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 50% and reduce the total water used for irrigation by 50%.

Join us in celebrating all of our 2024 Sustainability and Green Building winners at our 25th Annual Awards Celebration. Learn more here.