California Department of General Services’ New Natural Resources Headquarters Wins Best Projects Award

The California Department of General Services’ (DGS) New Natural Resources Headquarters (NNRH) has won a 2022 Best Projects Award from Engineering News-Record in the Government/Public Building category- ENR California region.

DGS’ Real Estate Services Division (RESD) is recognized for its work in overseeing the project.

The NNRH building was completed in 2021 and is located in Downtown Sacramento on the block of 7th and 8th Streets and O and P Streets. It was part of the department’s 10-year sequencing plan for the renovation or replacement of state facilities in the Sacramento area.

The building is approximately 21 stories and 875,500 gross square feet with over 4,000 employees. It includes office, assembly, storage, building support, parking, retail, and commercial food service space. The building houses staff from the California Natural Resources Agency, the Department of Water Resources, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Department of Conservation, and the Wildlife Conservation Board.

The facility was constructed with sustainability and employee wellness in mind, using at least 50% less water than a typical office building of its size. The structure emphasizes natural daylight and provides filtered outside air and solar shading to minimize glare and thermal hot spots. The facility is Zero Net Energy and has achieved a LEED Platinum rating.

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