San Mateo High School (Work in Progress)

San Mateo, California

  • FIRM

    Bunton Clifford Associates


    San Mateo Union High School District

  • AREA

    142,000 sq.ft.





The architect worked with a 27-member site committee to bring consensus to the programming, renovation and addition of a new classroom wing to the historic San Mateo High School campus. While working with the committee to modernize the buildings on campus, testing and structural engineers concluded that the main academic building and the arts and science building were ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,450COST PER SQ FT$205.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress of un-reinforced masonry. The district superintendent condemned the two buildings in May 2001.

Taking into consideration the architectural significance of the campus to the community, the architect, site committee, citizens committee, construction-management firm and the district formulated two options: retrofit the two buildings or tear them down and replicate. With unanimous approval from all committees, the parent-teacher organization and the students, the architect presented the two options to the board of trustees in June 2001.

The board directed the team to proceed on about 140,000 square feet of new steel-frame construction. To satisfy the school’s needs, it was determined that the main academic building would be reconfigured from its historic T-shape into a U-shaped structure, which addressed concerns about the flow of the campus and the need for a central quad.