Recognition for the Burlingame Community Center


Group 4’s recent work for the new Burlingame Community Center continues to receive recognition for its commitment to sustainability, a design sensitive to its environment, and responsiveness to the needs of the city and community stakeholders.

CPRS Conference 2023

Principals Dawn Merkes and Andrea Gifford represented Group 4 at the recent California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) Conference in San Diego to accept an Award of Excellence for the Burlingame Community Center and to host a session, “Play and Words – Taking the Stage for High Performance Recreation & Library Partnerships”. The session included collaborators from recent and ongoing Group 4 community + recreation projects to explore different models of partnerships between recreation, library, and other community services in a shared facility. An interactive game challenged session participants to identify the opportunities for co-locating services in a joint-use facility.

San Mateo County GreenBuild Awards

Group 4’s new Zero-Net-Energy Burlingame Community Center recently received recognition from the joint Sustainable San Mateo County and AIA San Mateo County panel comprising SMC Greenbuild for excellence in facility design. Group 4 Principals Dawn Merkes and Jonathan Hartman attended the award ceremony with representatives from Burlingame Parks and Recreation and City Council to accept the award. The new 36,000 SF community center reflects the city’s commitment to address climate change locally and is a vital and highly used community amenity for all ages.