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2020 Green Building Award

Co-sponsored by Sustainable San Mateo County and the American Institute of Architects San Mateo County Chapter

This award is given to a project that promotes green, sustainable design and construction. It also supports environmentally friendly design in architecture and recognizes the architects, builders and owners of these green buildings in San Mateo County.





Genentech Child Care Center

Honorable Mention: Hillsdale Shopping Center North Block


Genentech Child Care Center

The 2020 Green Building Award, cosponsored by Sustainable San Mateo County and the American Institute of Architects, San Mateo County Chapter, will be presented to the Genentech Child Care Center, which has earned LEED V4 Platinum Certification and has demonstrated net zero energy via on-site metering. Opened in June of 2018 on Genentech’s South San Francisco campus, the 56,000-square-foot Child Care Center used a holistic design approach, with emphasis on building performance, environmental protection, and human health and well-being. It was designed by Perkins & Will of San Francisco and constructed by Rudolph & Sletten of San Carlos. The single-story structure features a saw-tooth roof with clerestory, which maximizes diffused light, limits glare and reduces the need for electric lighting. Its prefabricated mass timber structural elements, which are relatively new to North America, are integral to the interior design and resulted in significant construction schedule savings.

Hillsdale Shopping Center North Block

The North Block Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo was selected for a 2020 Green Building Honorable Mention Award. Opened prior to the 2019 holiday season, the North Block redevelopment creates an all new outdoor mixed-use dining and entertainment district, provides a community gathering place, and bridges the adjacent emerging transit-oriented district and the existing interior shopping mall.  The 641,350 square-foot North Block was designed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design of Berkeley and constructed by C.W. Driver of Pasadena.


About the Green Building Award

The Green Building Award is open to any building constructed or remodeled within the last five years and located in San Mateo County. Remodels and additions are also eligible to apply for the award. Previous submittals may apply if their original projects have had additional substantial green improvements.

The Green Building Award winner was selected by an independent panel of recognized professionals in the disciplines of green and sustainable construction.

The award will be presented at the Sustainable San Mateo County Awards Dinner on Friday, July 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the College of San Mateo. 


Read about past Green Building Award winners here.

Questions? Contact SSMC at 650.918.1992 or advocate [at]

Updated 3/13/2020

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