New Modular Buildings in San Mateo County 

New Modular Buildings in San Mateo County 

By Katia Griggs, CEO of Griggs System


Located in Redwood City, CA

Design by the Office of Charles F. Bloszies FAIA

General Contractor by XL Construction

Manufactured by Silver Creek Modular

Located at the heart of the urban landscape, the Navigation Center stands as a symbol of optimism for individuals in search of refuge.  This establishment transcends mere architectural significance; it epitomizes a dedicated pledge to uphold human dignity, with a paramount focus on the well-being of its inhabitants.  CERACLAD panels were thoughtfully selected for exterior cladding, embodying the center’s ethos of resilience and empathy.  Let us delve into the core principles that elevate this facility beyond a mere lodging.

Human-Centered Design
  1. Welcoming Spaces: The design philosophy of the Navigation Center prioritizes the creation of inviting environments.  From the warm hues of the exterior façade crafted by CERACLAD to the layout emphasizing communal areas, every aspect is meticulously curated to cultivate an ambiance where residents not only find shelter but also are esteemed and dignified.
  1. Safety and Durability: Ensuring the safety of residents is paramount.  Through meticulous material selection, architects have chosen products compliant with stringent regulations, backed by the robust 30-year warranty provided by CERACLAD.  This meticulous attention to detail fosters a sense of security, nurturing trust and stability within the community.
  1. Health and Hygiene: A healthy environment is indispensable for fostering humane living conditions.  The Navigation Center prioritizes proper ventilation provided by the CERACLAD built-in Rain Screen System and upholds rigorous cleanliness standards to mitigate viral transmission.  The utilization of High-Performance Fiber Cement Siding by CERACLAD further ensures hygiene, safeguarding the health and well-being of all occupants. 
  1. Sustainability: Embedded within the fabric of the Navigation Center’s design is a commitment to sustainability.  Embracing energy-efficient systems and incorporating recycled materials exemplify the center’s dedication to social responsibility and environmental stewardship. 
  1. Cost-Efficiency: Operated as a community-managed sanctuary, the Navigation Center prioritizes cost-effectiveness.  By minimizing both initial and ongoing expenditures, such as those associated with repainting, the center optimizes allocation toward delivering essential services and support to its residents.
Benefits of Modular Construction

Faster Build Times: Modular construction accelerates project timelines by 20 to 50 percent by producing standardized components off-site and assembling them on-site. Now, CERACLAD Panels’ Caulk-Free Joiner System complements this efficiency.

1. Improved Quality Control: The controlled factory environment ensures consistent quality in the production of modular components. Additionally, CERACLAD stands out as the most High-Performance Fiber Cement Siding in the Industry, backed by a 20-year Color Warranty and a 30-year Product Warranty.

2. Reduced Waste: Prefabrication minimizes material waste, leading to more efficient resource utilization. Notably, CERACLAD Panels have dimensions of 10’ × 18" × 5/8", matching the height of modular units.

3. Increased Flexibility: Modular systems allow for flexibility in design and customization, making it easier to adapt to changing project requirements. CERACLAD Panels offer versatile designs through Vertical, Horizontal, Mixed vertical and horizontal, and Free-Size Running Bond applications, along with Unlimited Color Options.

4. Cost Savings: While capturing the full cost benefits can be complex, modular construction has the potential to yield significant savings by optimizing material choices and assembly processes. Notably, CERACLAD is the most Cost-Effective Fiber Cement Siding in the Industry, as demonstrated by the Value & Cost Comparison Chart.

5. Safer Work Environment: With much of the construction activity moved off-site, on-site safety risks are reduced. CERACLAD further contributes to safety by providing HPD certificates to workers.

6. Improved Sustainability: Modular construction reduces site disruption, and vehicular traffic, and enhances overall safety and security. CERACLAD’s Sustainable Framework aims to reduce our product’s Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050.

CERACLAD: A Synergistic Integration

CERACLAD plays a pivotal role in this endeavor, offering unparalleled design versatility that seamlessly aligns with the center’s aesthetic and functional requisites.  Beyond aesthetics, comprehensive warranty coverage.  Moisture management capabilities further enhance the shelter’s resilience against environmental elements.  Moreover, CERACLAD’S transparent pricing structure and eco-friendly attributes actively support the center’s community-driven ethos ad sustainability initiatives.   his endeavor is pivotal. Its design versatility offers unlimited exterior design options, aligning with the center's aesthetic and functional needs. The high-performance cladding comes with a reliable warranty, ensuring long-term durability. Moisture management is another critical feature, keeping the shelter healthy and resilient against the elements. Moreover, CERACLAD's clear pricing structure and eco-friendly nature support the center's community-driven ethos and sustainability initiatives.


Exploring the Benefits from CERACLAD


  1. Design Versatility: CERACLAD panels afford unparalleled customization options, allowing for the realization of diverse architectural visions.  With dimensions allowing for flexible installation, coupled with an array of color options and pattern configurations, architects enjoy boundless creative freedom. 

  1. High Performance: Backed by a 30-year product warranty and additional assurances encompassing finish durability, CERACLAD guarantees reliability across diverse geographic regions.  Its self-cleaning finish, resistance to freeze-thaw cycles, and certification for fire and wind resistance underscore its unmatched performance standards. 
  1. Long-Lasting Durability: CERACLAD’s Integrated Rain Screen System facilitates adequate ventilation behind the cladding, mitigating the risk of mold and algae proliferation.  The result is a structure built to withstand the test of time, ensuring enduring safety and resilience. 
  1. Cost-Effective Solution: CERACLAD simplifies pricing complexities with a streamlined approach, eliminating the need for off-site fabrication and associated expenses.  The Caulk-Free Installation System not only reduces cost but also minimizes installation time.  Moreover, the assurance of color longevity and self-cleaning functionality translates to minimized maintenance overheads. 
  1. Eco-Friendly Commitment: Comprising approximately 45% recycled materials, CERACLAD panels epitomize environmental responsibility.  Accompanied by Health Production Declaration Environmental Product Declaration statements, independently verified, CERACLAD aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, exemplifying its dedication to sustainability practices. 


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About Us

Established in 2003, Griggs Systems, INC. operated as a leading independent manufacturers’ representative for architectural products across California and selected regions of Nevada.  With a steadfast commitment to professionalism and responsiveness, Griggs Systems is dedicated to cultivating enduring relationships with architects, installers, and manufacturers alike.

At Griggs Systems, we prioritize punctuality and efficiency in every aspect of our operations.  Our unwavering dedication ensures that system deliveries occur promptly, enabling seamless progression of projects without undue delays.  We recognize that our success is intricately intertwined with the timely delivery and impeccable workmanship of our products.

Rest assured, with Griggs Systems, you can rely on exceptional service to propel your projects towards success.

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