Located on West Sacramento’s River Walk, the new 15-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 17 percent compared to conventional buildings. The building also uses 35 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 workday.
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 helps reduce energy loads.
409,000 sq. ft. / 38,000 sq. m.
Actual energy cost savings
Reduction in water use
Payback in operating savings from energy modeling during design
1 September 2009
“HMH, HOK Go for LEED-Gold”