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Genentech Child Care Center

South San Francisco, CA
  • Bldg system

    Mass Timber

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  • Sq. footage


Genentech’s decision to build this five-building campus using wood reinforced its commitment to performance, innovation, environmental sustainability and well-being, and supported its belief that exposed wood in classrooms creates a healthier learning environment. Roof structures for the one-story buildings include exposed glulam beams and cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, eliminating the need to introduce potentially unhealthy interior finishes and contributing to a warm, natural space. Glulam columns, left exposed within light wood-frame walls, create an area where children can touch and experience the natural wood at their level. Most of the mass timber joints were designed as concealed connections, providing improved fire resistance and leaving a streamlined aesthetic. According to the design team, Genentech’s use of mass timber represented a 25 percent savings in embodied carbon compared to a steel structure and contributed to a higher-performing envelope. The project, which is LEED Platinum, operates as a net-zero energy and net-zero carbon complex. Genentech also realized a $120,000 material cost savings by using wood instead of structural steel.

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  • Material Types:

    Mass Timber, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT or glulam)

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Individuals Involved:
  • Sarah Knize

    Project Architect

  • Sarah Rege

    Design Principal

  • Valerie Martin

    Structural Engineer

  • Jamie Curry

    Structural Engineer

  • Dustin Komen

    GC Project Manager

  • Justin Voorhees

    GC Superintendent

  • Tristen Connor


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