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By DGS Public Affairs on 5/8/2013 6:46 AM
California's Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento is more beautiful than ever this time of year, thanks to the efforts of Department of General Services staff.
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/5/2013 11:07 AM
photo of Library and Courts buildingThe Department of General Services announced today that major renovation work at the historic Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building is nearly complete. The circa 1928 landmark building, located across the street from the State Capitol, is home to the California Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and the California State Library.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/23/2013 10:59 AM
photo of central plant water tank.The Department of General Services (DGS) has won a 2012 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award—California’s highest environmental honor—for the renovation of the state’s central utility plant in Sacramento. The central plant, which provides heating and cooling for 23 state office buildings including the Capitol, was honored in the Sustainable Practices or Facilities category. The project replaced the state’s existing central plant, incorporating environmentally friendly design and operations resulting in maximum energy efficiencies, resource conservation, and lower operating costs. In 2011, the project was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy...
By DGS Public Affairs on 11/7/2012 11:35 AM
Photo of Capitol Christmas tree.On November 6, 2012 a tree crew from the Calif. Department of General Services Real Estate Services Division cut down the state's official Capitol Christmas tree from the Latour Demonstration State Forest near Redding. On November 7, the tree was transported to Sacramento aboard a CAL FIRE truck with a CHP escort.
By DGS Public Affairs on 11/1/2012 10:14 AM
Photo of chiller gauge.The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that 70 energy saving tune-up and retrofit projects have been completed at state-owned buildings and parking lots.  The projects are projected to save the state $4.5 million a year by cutting approximately 32 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 1 million therms of natural gas annually—the equivalent of reducing approximately 28,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/18/2012 5:32 AM
photo of Dan Burgoyne.Department of General Services (DGS) sustainability manager Dan Burgoyne has been named a 2012 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Leadership) Fellow by the Green Building Certification Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/11/2012 9:31 AM
For Lease SignAt Governor Brown’s direction, the DGS Real Estate Services Division continues to renegotiate leases for its state agency clients, resulting in savings for taxpayers.
By DGS Public Affairs on 9/27/2012 8:39 AM
photo of DGS employees at Caltrans buildingThe Caltrans District 3 headquarters building in Marysville, a DGS-managed construction project, has become the latest state facility to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The five-story facility, located at 703 B Street in Marysville, has earned LEED Silver certification for new construction and design. The building provides office space for Caltrans District 3 employees and features several green elements including a central atrium. The four-story “canyon” begins on the second level of the building, gathers sunlight from skylights, and provides surrounding offices with abundant natural lighting. In addition, the building...
By DGS Public Affairs on 8/28/2012 10:38 AM
photo of transportation management centerThe Department of General Services announced today that the Inland Empire Transportation Management Center project in Fontana has won a 2012 Owners' Project Excellence Award for new construction from the Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC).
By DGS Public Affairs on 8/23/2012 4:33 AM
photo fo CCC Camarillo facilities.The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that the newly constructed California Conservation Corps (CCC) Center in Camarillo has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The DGS Real Estate Service Division managed the project for the CCC which consists of a nine building campus that replaced the original satellite facility on the California State University Channel Islands campus. In addition to energy efficiency, water conservation and indoor air quality features, the project also incorporated some innovative design and performance elements including a classroom and training...
By DGS Public Affairs on 7/30/2012 10:27 AM
photo of Sheral GatesSheral Gates has been appointed by Governor Brown as the Deputy Director for the Department of General Services (DGS) Real Estate Services Division (RESD).  Sheral brings more than 30 years of public service experience in real estate to the position of Deputy Director of RESD.

Prior to her appointment, Sheral was Chief of the Professional Services Branch (PSB) of RESD since November 2009.
By DGS Public Affairs on 6/19/2012 9:41 AM
photo of Governor Brown and May LeeGovernor Brown met with the Department of General Services’ May Lee at the Capitol today to congratulate her on seven decades of state service.
By DGS Public Affairs on 6/19/2012 4:39 AM
PHOTO OF TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT CENTERThe Department of General Services announced today that the Inland Empire Transportation Management Center project in Fontana has won the 2012 Excellence in Engineering award for new construction from the Structural Engineers Association of California.

Managed by the DGS Real Estate Services Division for Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol, the project delivered a building that’s used to monitor highway and freeway traffic in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The complex was built to meet state building code requirements as an “essential services facility” able to remain operational during a natural disaster such as a major earthquake. The center was designed and built to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; a first in the nation for a certified critical operations facility.
By DGS Public Affairs on 6/7/2012 6:05 AM
photo of transportation management center in FontanaThe Department of General Services announced today that the Inland Empire Transportation Management Center project in Fontana has been honored by the California Transportation Foundation with a Project of the Year Award in the category of Operational Efficiency Program. The award recognizes programs that improve transportation operations through technological or management solutions.
 
The project was managed by the DGS Real Estate Services Division for Caltrans District 8 and Inland Division CHP along with construction partners Aztec Engineering; RC Construction; AECOM Inc.; and Vanir Construction Management Inc
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/30/2012 11:45 AM
photo of ground breakingThe Department of General Services joined California State Parks and other government officials today for a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Consolidated Operations and Museum Collection Center at McClellan Business Park in Sacramento.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/21/2012 11:00 AM
photo of LEED certified kitchen facilityThe California Department of General Services (DGS) announced today a top honor for a state facility. The California Department of Mental Health’s central kitchen facility at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk has been honored with the 2012 Facility Design Project of the Year award by the Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Association.

The Design Project of the Year award is based on the quality of the design and execution and its ability to meet the operator’s goals. The DGS-managed kitchen construction project opened its doors in 2009 and received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) GOLD certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/30/2012 10:29 AM
photo of green leadership awardThe Department of General Services won a Green California Leadership Award at the 2012 Green California Summit in the category of “Climate Change” for its statewide renewable energy program. The program was designed by DGS to take advantage of the well-established third-party ownership model within the solar industry.

The program also breaks new ground with the same third-party model for wind, solar thermal, and combined-heat-and-power systems.

The program has resulted in the construction of large-scale solar arrays at CSU campuses, state prisons, and state hospitals with no up-front capital expenditure by the state. 
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/26/2012 7:24 AM
photo of May LeeWhen May Lee first started state service, the Great Depression was just ending, gasoline cost 15 cents per gallon, Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra were some of the biggest names in entertainment.

May started her state career in 1943 as an accounting officer with the Department of Finance, then came to the Department of General Services in 1963 where she has been ever since.

May is a walking encyclopedia with a legendary knowledge of state government, accounting practices and policies, and DGS history.
By DGS Public Affairs on 3/30/2012 3:38 AM
Cherry tree plantingState and Consumer Services Agency Secretary Anna Caballero joined Japan’s Consul General Hiroshi Inomata, today in Sacramento, for a commemorative tree planting to recognize the Centennial anniversary of Japan’s cherry blossom donation to the United States.
By DGS Public Affairs on 2/23/2012 8:10 AM
DGS employee lads camellias on a truck in Capitol ParkCapitol Park groundskeepers from the Department of General Services cut several hundred camellia blooms today as part of Camellia Day celebrations hosted by the State Capitol museum to acknowledge Sacramento as California's Camellia Capitol City.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/20/2012 7:55 AM
dgs logoThe California Department of General Services and the California Highway Patrol have received information regarding an anticipated “Occupy” demonstration at the Ronald M. George State Office Complex located at 350 McAllister Street/455 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, Friday, January 20, 2012.

After meeting with CHP and building security personnel, the following workplace safeguards will be implemented for the benefit of all building tenants, staff, the general public and building security.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/13/2012 10:00 AM
Capitol Christmas TreeEver wonder what happens to the state’s official Capitol Christmas Tree once the holidays are over?

DGS crews recycle it!

The 45-foot white fir tree was cut into sections today and then run through a wood chipper. The chips are used as mulch and spread throughout Capitol Park by DGS groundskeepers from the Real Estate Services Division’s Building & Property Management branch.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/12/2012 12:13 PM
Photo of Fred KlassDGS Director Fred Klass was among the dignitaries on-hand today as the Capitol Area Development Authority broke ground on the East End Gateway project at 16th and O Streets, Sacramento.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/27/2011 6:38 AM
Contractor checks chiller in state office building in SacramentoWork by DGS and its contractors is nearing completion to improve energy efficiency in 62 state-owned facilities and five state-owned parking lots using $25 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) State Property Revolving Fund Loan Program funds.

Energy efficiency measures have been put into place in everything from DMV field offices to state hospitals, state prisons, and state office high-rises. The energy upgrades include replacement or retrofits of boiler and chiller systems, as well as building energy system retrofits or “tune-ups” involving lighting upgrades, heating and air conditioning system upgrades, and energy usage monitoring systems.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/19/2011 6:40 AM
state's central plant thermal energy storage tankThe DGS central utility plant, which provides chilled water and steam to cool and heat 23 state-owned buildings in downtown Sacramento, has received LEED Platinum, the highest level of  “green” building design certification for energy efficiency and environmental design awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/19/2011 6:31 AM
Capitol Christmas TreeOn December 7, Gov. Jerry Brown hosted the 80th Annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the West Steps of the State Capitol. A few weeks earlier, DGS crews from the Real Estate Services Division’s Building and Property Management branch cut, transported and then decorated the tree with 10,000 energy-saving LED lights and nearly 1,000 ornaments.