Capitol Area


Location: East and South of the State Capitol Building and Capitol Park, Sacramento, California
Type of building: State office buildings
Size (Sq. ft.): 1,470,200 sq. ft. of office space and 742,625 sq. ft. of parking structures
Construction of 5 office buildings that consolidates 3 State departments on State-owned land. Blocks 171-174, bounded by 15th and 17th Streets and L and N Streets and Block 225, located between 14th and 15th Streets and N and O Streets.
Completion date: 2003
Cost: $392 million
Owner: State of California
Designed By: Johnson Fain Partners conceived the design and prepared the criteria documents that define the functional and aesthetic characteristics which established the design intent for Blocks 171-174 and Block 225. The Clark/Gruen design/build team  completed the design and constructed the Blocks 171-174 Office Buildings. The Hensel Phelps Construction Company/Fentress Bradburn Architects Ltd. design/build team  completed the design and constructed the Block 225 Office Building.

Sustainable Building Strategies

As designed, this project exceeds the minimum 1998 energy efficiency standards mandated in Title 24 by 30 percent. It also integrates daylighting techniques into building envelopes, improves building ventilation, incorporates recycled-content products with low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOC), and uses water efficient irrigation and plumbing systems. As modeled, this project is forecasted to save taxpayers $400,000 annually in energy savings alone.

Web Site: Capitol Area East End Complex
Case Study: Capitol Area East End Office Complex: A New California Standard
C&D Waste Diversion: The Capitol Area East End Office Complex: A Case for Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

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