Blue Diamond Growers (BDG) is the largest almond cooperative in the United States, producing over 80 percent of the world’s almond supply. The company has been headquartered in Sacramento since 1910. Their large downtown campus has a mix of historic buildings needing renovations. Construction has started in three existing buildings, in effort to provide for staff and changes in working environments. Several amenities were incorporated into the new design to accommodate rapidly changing technology and the need for more versatile spaces. The new renovations also provide improvements to life safety and seismic resistance in each of the buildings.
Diamond ‘G’ Coffee Building
The two-story brick Diamond ‘G’ Coffee building is an existing building on the BDG campus that previously was a coffee roasting plant. The interior design for this quaint little building is clean and simple, to not detract from the brick walls and exposed beams inside. Design elements incorporated pay homage to almond orchards in the Spring. The renovations will meet the diverse needs of the Campus Operations Department.
Main Office Building
In this iconic Art Deco-style building, we completely reworked the first and second floor plans and room layouts, created much more open office space with adjacent break out/touchdown rooms and created larger conference rooms, with fewer private offices to make space for their new staff in several different departments. Parts of their Main Office Building had recently been updated with new finishes and glazing systems at the conference and meeting rooms. Along with the abundance of natural light, the finishes selected and applied during the last renovation provided our inspiration for the executive-style spaces. Additionally, we added a new glass-walled, café-style breakroom and smaller coffee bar and lounge spaces throughout. New finishes include paint, carpet, LVT (luxury vinyl tile), casework, quartz counters, and restroom finishes.
Blue Diamond Building
Sitting at the front entrance to the BDG Headquarters, is the historic Blue Diamond Building. It is the largest office building on campus and houses the Nut & Gift Shop and several administrative offices. The Information Technology department is making the large open first floor their new home. As such, the new look for the space is open and bright, with exposed trusses, bold colors, and an overall modern, tech aesthetic. New spaces created to accommodate the different ways in which people work include hoteling stations, lounges and an open office environment.
Historic images courtesy of Blue Diamond Growers.