Why is this important?

Greenhouse gases from human activities are a significant driver of observed climate change since the mid-20th century. As greenhouse gas emissions from human activities increase, they build up in the atmosphere and warm the climate, leading to many other changes around the world—in the atmosphere, on land, and in the oceans. These changes have both positive and negative effects on people, society, and the environment—including plants and animals. Because many of the major greenhouse gases stay in the atmosphere for tens to hundreds of years after being released, their warming effects on the climate persist over a long time and can therefore affect both present and future generations.

How Measure K is Making a Difference

Buildings and Facilities Infrastructure

Goal: Percent of County facilities with a Facilities Condition Index at or below 0.05

The following are updates on major capital building and master planning projects currently underway. Additional projects and their budgets can be found in the 2018 Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan document:

San Mateo Medical Center Campus Master Plan Implementation: The planning for this project began in 2017. This facility will replace the non-OSHPD (Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development) compliant portion of the campus. The new facility will be designed to better meet patient needs, in addition to helping alleviate the shortage of parking in the area. The project budget is $120.0 million and is scheduled for completion in winter 2021.

Animal Shelter: This new facility, built next to the current shelter, will be equipped to meet the current standards of animal care, providing animal control, licensing, public receiving, domestic animal holding, and euthanasia services to the County’s 20 cities as well as unincorporated areas. The project budget is $26.6 million and is scheduled for completion in fall 2019.

Public Safety Dispatch and Regional Operations Center (ROC): This project will provide a central hub for public safety for the County of San Mateo on its Redwood City Campus. Built to withstand major disasters, the ROC will feature redundant electrical and mechanical systems that will allow emergency services workers to operate at full capacity in the most severe catastrophes. The project budget is $58.0 million and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019.

Lathrop House Relocation: The Lathrop House will be relocated to allow for the construction of County Office Building III. Built in 1863, the Lathrop House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the County of San Mateo looks towards the future, it is important to preserve the County’s heritage for future generations. The project budget is $1.2 million and is scheduled for completion in summer 2018.

County Office Building 3: Designed to occupy the space where the Lathrop House currently stands, this project will allow the County of San Mateo to consolidate County services on its Redwood City Campus in a central location. This project will increase available staffing space and decrease the need for costly leases. The project budget is $152.0 million and is scheduled for completion in spring 2021.

Skylonda Fire Station: This replacement fire station will provide essential emergency services to the residents of this remote portion of the County. The facility will include a combined barrack, office, and drive-through apparatus bay building with a separate reserve apparatus structure. The project budget is $9.9 million and is scheduled for completion in spring 2018.

Cordilleras Mental Health Facility: This project will replace the aging Cordilleras Mental Health Facility in Redwood City. The new facility will be designed to provide effective programs to transition seriously mentally ill residents back to community living. The project budget is $120.0 million and is scheduled for completion in spring 2022.

Last Updated August 2018