California Department of General Services Receives Top Honor at Design-Build Institute of America Expo

The California Department of General Services’ (DGS) Real Estate Services Division (RESD) was honored with the Project of the Year award at the 2022 Design-Build Conference and Expo by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).  

The RESD’s Project Management and Development Branch was recognized as one of the nation’s best in design-build for their work in overseeing the project for the New Natural Resources Headquarters (NNRH).

The coveted Project of the Year award honors the nation’s best design-build project that demonstrates innovative solutions to challenges, raises the bar in fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment, brings best practices to life, and develops a unique and high-quality design exceeding all expectations.

DGS Awards from the 2022 Design-Build Conference and Expo

The NNRH was also recognized at the DBIA event with a Merit Award and National Award of Excellence for exemplifying the principles of effective processes, interdisciplinary teamwork, problem-solving and excellence in 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 10-year sequencing plan for the renovation or replacement of state facilities in the Sacramento area.

New Natural Resources Headquarters (NNRH)

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.

DGS’s Clifford Allenby Building and California Air Resources Building (CARB) also picked up several awards at the DBIA expo for effective teamwork and excellence in design-build.

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