San Mateo County Youth Services Center in Calif. Courtesy Steve Whittaker Photography (left) and KMD Architects (right).

San Mateo County Youth Services Center



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design services for the new San Mateo County Juvenile Justice Center, a state-of-the art 300,000-square foot, 12-building campus. Facilities include a 180-bed juvenile hall, a 30-bed girls’ camp, three group homes containing 24 beds to serve specific need populations, a receiving home, juvenile courts, probation offices, administration space, an education building, and a health clinic.

Designed to comply with the county’s sustainable design requirements, the campus is the first facility of its kind to achieve LEED Silver certification. It complies with the “New Generation Design” of California youth facilities and has earned national acclaim. The structural systems include steel frame, concrete masonry, and wood frame construction in one- and two-story buildings. The site is less than 1.0 kilometers from the San Andreas Fault.

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