County of San Mateo Navigation Center

Project overview

The County of San Mateo has a goal to achieve functional zero homelessness, where anyone who desires shelter can access it through an array of County facilities and programs. As a result, Vanir provided project and construction management services for the County’s new, sustainable and energy-efficient 25,419-square-foot Navigation Center, built on a 2.5-acre site. With 240 sleeping units, it allows private living space for individuals and couples, as well as pets. The Navigation Center includes private and shared toilets/showers, communal dining services, support modules and outdoor areas for activities. In addition, 10 acres along the nearby waterfront was converted into future park, recreation and open space.

The Navigation Center provides a safe atmosphere to serve the needs of the clients and social services operators for decades. It allows support services, such as intensive counseling, access to medical and dental, employment opportunities, social service benefits and permanent housing. Sustainable building features include Photovoltaic Panels, EV chargers and green infrastructure. The site is also LEED Silver certified with an all-electric and carbon neutral design.

Fast-tracked project delivery

To meet a very fast-track schedule, preconstruction began in December 2021 and Vanir broke ground using modular construction methods to start on-site construction in April 2022. Nearly a year later, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in April 2023.



LEED Silver Certified | ENR California – 2023 Award of Merit – Government/Public Building, Excellence in Safety Award and Excellence in Sustainability Award of Merit

Redwood City, California
County of San Mateo

Design-Build Architect: Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA, Ltd.


Design-Build Contractor: XL Construction

Square Footage
25,419 SF
Construction Cost
$51 Million
Start Date
Completion Date