San Mateo High School

San Mateo, California

  • FIRM

    Bunton Clifford Associates


    San Mateo Union High School District

  • AREA

    140,000 sq.ft.





The new library/media center at San Mateo High School reflects the rich character of the school’s historic past and focuses on the technology-driven future of Silicon Valley.

Situated in the center of campus, the library/media center can accommodate three full classrooms within a formally designed space, which is bisected by circulation at the hub of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$221.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational Interiors2006 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers activities. Two computer labs are integrated into the center and provide ample room for various learning activities.

The fundamental goal of the project was to restore a sense of culture to this neighborhood school by recognizing the original campus’ architectural significance to the community, while integrating 21st-century technology. Portions of the original building (demolished after the team found unreinforced masonry) were incorporated into the new facility. The focal point is the fireplace, which includes the original library’s 1926-era fireplace mantel and plaque.

The interior design uses stained architectural woodwork, coffered ceilings, neutral colors and durable materials. The result is a fully modern school that retains the spirit of the historic 1920s campus.