HGA-Designed Government Towers Surpass LEED Certification Goal

HGA-Designed Government Towers Surpass LEED Certification Goal

04.20.11

California State Office Buildings 8 and 9, a pair of iconic towers along Sacramento's downtown skyline part of a recent renovation led by HGA Architects and Engineers, have been awarded LEED Gold status due to HGA's commitment to sustainable design. The twin 20-story towers, intended to house approximately 1,700 State of California employees, exceeded its original goal of LEED Silver, pegging an extra notch in the internationally recognized green building certification system. The towers' renovation was completed last fall when Building 9 opened up to government employees.

"Design excellence rooted in sustainable practice is a cornerstone of HGA's work, and this project exemplifies the efforts made to that end," said HGA Project Manager Greg Bucher, AIA, LEED AP. "The design foundation for these government facilities works in concert with the State's emphasis on sustainable design. And for those efforts to surpass our original goal of LEED Silver, to have accomplished more than we all set out to achieve, is something everyone can take tremendous pride in."

The State Office Building 8 & 9 towers have been a fixture in Downtown Sacramento since the late 1960s. The two 310,000-SF structures, occupying a full city block at 744 P Street, are owned by the State Department of General Services. The overall project, designed by HGA, is part of the State's Excellence in Public Building program which includes an emphasis on sustainable architectural design. The entire $157 million renovation project, after many years in planning and design, took four years to complete.