New Ca. government building expected to achieve net-zero energy

New Ca. government building expected to achieve net-zero energy

As it moves closer to building a net-zero energy headquarters, California’s Department of General Services recently selected a design-build partnership to plan and erect a 20-story office tower in Sacramento.

The agency chose Turner Construction Co. and AC Martin to handle development of the $520 million, 838,000-square-foot facility that will house more than 3,500 employees across a number of state agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Water Resources, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Wildlife Conservation Board.

Construction is expected to begin this fall, with completion scheduled for summer of 2021.

The building “will offer much-needed technical and collaboration space for the critical government functions that protect California’s environment and natural resources,” Grant Griffanti, Turner project executive, said in a release. “People throughout the state of California rely on the department’s programs for essentials like clean water, recreation in our incredible redwood forests, and emergency response like we saw from CalFire during this season’s wildfires.”

In addition to construction of a tower—which features 10,000 square feet of retail and public space, an auditorium with 300 seats, a multi-vendor food court  and a pedestrian plaza — the project includes exterior improvements to the nearby, historic Heilbron House, as well as ground-up construction of a childcare facility, which will serve approximately 120 children. 

“The building is designed to meet net-zero energy standards, and it’s seeking LEED Platinum certification,” said Griffanti, noting that water efficiency is a major consideration for all new government construction in the state. “This building will use at least 50 percent less water than a typical building of its size and function. It will rely on natural daylight wherever possible. And it will feature high-efficiency fixtures, lighting and mechanical equipment for heating and cooling.”


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