The California Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the selection of a design-build team to construct a new office building at 1215 O Street in downtown Sacramento. Rudolph and Sletten, a California based construction firm, was selected as the general contractor for the project. They are partnered with the renowned design firm ZGF Architects.

“We are truly excited to partner with these firms to create a beautiful, sustainable, and highly functional office building, said DGS Director, Daniel C. Kim. “This new building will allow our tenant state agencies to better serve Californians.

The new O Street building will be 11 stories and approximately 360,000 square feet. This project will be constructed as Zero Net Energy and is targeting a LEED platinum certification. It will also use 60 percent less water than a typical building and will utilize clean, solar power generated as part of a first of its kind agreement with SMUD that will move DGS’ Sacramento portfolio towards solar power.

DGS completed its California Environmental Quality Act analysis over the summer and expects to execute a contract with Rudolph and Sletten as soon as February. Finalization of the design of the new building would begin immediately, with the demolition of the existing vacant annex building occurring sometime this summer.

The expected completion date is early 2021 and the estimated total project cost is $274,000,000. Approximately 1,150 employees from the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Department of State Hospitals, and the Department of Developmental Services, will work at the new building. A pedestrian plaza will open up

the building to the public with first-floor retail space and a food court-style cafeteria to further incorporate the building as a natural addition to the neighborhood.