California Department of General Services Receives Regional Design-Build Awards

The California Department of General Services (DGS) received four Design-Build awards from the Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region (DBIA-WPR). DGS’ Real Estate Services Division was recognized for overseeing projects for the New Natural Resources Headquarters (NNRH) and the Clifford L. Allenby Building.

This honor from DBIA-WPR acknowledges the most outstanding design-build projects in the Western Pacific Region area by promoting and recognizing the use and efficiency of design-build as a project delivery method.

New Natural Resources Headquarters (NNRH)

New Natural Resources Headquarters (NNRH)

The NNRH was honored in three levels:

Project of the Year – the top award of the entire program!

Award of Excellence for Lean in Design-Build – Successfully demonstrated integration and implementation of Lean approaches, tools, and techniques to create a collaborative environment and culture of continuous improvement aimed at value to the customer and elimination of waste

Design Excellence – Achieved an owner’s overall aesthetic and functional vision through outstanding design

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 1-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.

Clifford L. Allenby Building

Clifford L. Allenby Building

The Clifford L. Allenby Building was honored in the Award of Merit level for excellent implementation of design-build techniques meeting or exceeding the owner’s expectations.

As the new home to the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Clifford L. Allenby Building reimagines the government office as a modern hybrid workplace, emphasizing occupant health and wellness and setting new benchmarks for energy and water conservation. This new 374,000 sq. ft. state office building accommodates a proposed occupancy of 1,200 staff. This project is a high-performance building that establishes a new standard for state buildings and sets the bar high for sustainable design. It employs a network of interrelated sustainability and workplace strategies to exceed the state’s ambitious energy and water targets, achieve zero-net energy, carbon neutrality, LEED® Platinum and Fitwel certifications, and a U.S. Resiliency Council five-star Platinum Rating. Every aspect has been designed to positively impact people and the planet, from facades to finishes.

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