The California Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the selection of a Design-Build team to construct a new office building in downtown Sacramento on the block of 7th and 8th Streets and O and P Streets. The building is part of the department’s 10-year sequencing plan for the renovation or replacement of state facilities in the Sacramento area.

Turner Construction was selected as the general contractor for the project. They are partnered with the design firm AC Martin.

“We are very proud of this design. AC Martin has proposed an iconic building that will enrich the Sacramento skyline and increase the street-level engagement. Turner’s construction of the new Golden 1 Center demonstrates their commitment to Sacramento and effectiveness in complex downtown projects. We are thrilled to see this team execute the new building,” said DGS Director, Daniel C. Kim.

The new building will be 20 stories and approximately 838,000 gross square feet. This project will be constructed as Zero Net Energy and is targeting a LEED platinum certification. It will also use 50% 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 Turner as soon as February. Finalization of the design of the new building would begin immediately with construction beginning in early summer 2018.

The expected completion date is in the fall of 2021 and the estimated construction project cost is $520,479,000. Approximately 3,450 employees 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, the California Conservation Corps, and the Wildlife Conservation Board, will work at the new building. A pedestrian plaza will surround the historic Heilbron House and the building will include first-floor retail space and a food court-style cafeteria to further incorporate the building as a natural addition to the neighborhood.

The project also includes construction of a childcare facility that can accommodate 120 children. This will be the largest childcare facility constructed by the state, and was enabled by Senator Pan’s bill, SB 401 (Child Care Facilities: State Employees, Chapter 235, Statutes of 2017).