Two- and three-story rows of prefabricated modular units serve as temporary homes for hundreds of county residents currently living without shelter. Center residents will have access to private bedrooms, most with their own bathrooms, and support services and other recreational amenities including a dog run and barbecue area.
Unlike traditional shelters, the Navigation Center will allow people to have private sleeping quarters, be able to stay with their partner, and bring their pets. In addition to a room and on-site meals, case managers will provide support services to connect clients with employment opportunities, access to health services and an on-site dental clinic, social service benefits, and permanent housing.
Sustainable building features include sustainable building materials such as photovoltaic Panels, EV chargers, green infrastructure, and bicycle parking. The new parking structure contributes to the County of San Mateo’s dedication to advancing equity by providing accessible public space through the implementation of ADA elevators, service counters, and entrances, gender-neutral restrooms, and plentiful accessible public space and outdoor eating areas.
The nonprofit LifeMoves manages the Navigation Center under contract with the County.
- 240 units of temporary living spaces
- Intensive support services: Fully staffed medical and dental clinics which will also provide mental health and substance abuse services
- Sustainability: Photovoltaic, EV chargers and green infrastructure
- LEED Silver certification US Green Building Council
- Solar array on all structures to generate 60% of estimated energy requirements
- Landscaping irrigated by recycled water
2023 Best Project Award-ENR California region (includes HI) in the Government/Public Building category
2023 Best Project Award of Merit-ENR California region (includes HI) in the Excellence in Sustainability category
2023 Best Project Award of Merit-ENR California region (includes HI) in the and Excellence in Safety categories
Award-wining Core Team
- Owner/Developer: County of San Mateo
- General Contractor: XL Construction
- Architect: Office of Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA