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A High-Performance Headquarters for a California Teachers’ Organization

CalSTRS Headquarters
Sacramento, California, USA

“This creative team was able to capture the energy, style and vision of our organization. By designing a facility that is not just an attractive building but a motivating interior environment for our staff, our customers and business partners will clearly see the ultimate beneficial impact.”

Jack Ehnes
CEO, CalSTRS

The sustainable design features for this LEED Gold headquarters save CalSTRS $130,000 per year in energy costs.

Located on West Sacramento’s River Walk, the new 13-story headquarters for California State Teachers’ Retirement System salutes the history of the city’s riverfront while incorporating several design innovations for energy efficiency.

Sustainable strategies have reduced energy use by 12 percent compared to conventional buildings. The building also uses 40 percent less water through low-flow water fixtures, high-efficiency irrigation and efficient native landscaping.

Ninety percent of occupants have access to natural lighting, and the workplace features several quality-of-life amenities, including a walkable site that employees can enjoy during the day.

In general office areas, the design creates an open plan with low-height partitions and avoids the “silo” effect common with small offices and high workstations. An underfloor air distribution system with individual comfort controls reduces energy loads.

LEED CERTIFICATION

LEED-NC Gold
LEED-EBOM Platinum

SIZE

409,000 sq. ft. / 38,000 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Facility Programming
Graphics
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing
   Engineering

12%

Energy savings compared to similar US buildings

40%

Reduction in water use from low-flow fixtures and high-efficiency irrigation

2

Months required for payback in operating savings from energy modeling during design

3,744 

Tons of on-site generated construction waste diverted from the landfill

 

NEWS

1 September 2009
“HMH, HOK Go for LEED-Gold”
GreenSource