The SMUD Headquarters is truly a landmark of mid-century modern design. After 60 years of continuous use, SMUD has committed to a complete refurbishment of their headquarters building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
We designed this headquarters in 1958 and were commissioned to renovate the entire facility inside and out in 2014. We’ve worked in collaboration with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates on the careful restoration of the building’s historic fabric and artist Wayne Thiebaud’s tile mural, “Water City”. New glazing, installation of sustainable mechanical and electrical systems, redevelopment of the open office area, and hazardous materials abatement will bring this iconic headquarters into the 21st century. A new reimagined central core with glazing will enhance the connection between the building’s south and north wings, and includes an open stairway to allow for transparency and ease of connection between floors.
Also included in this renovation are site and landscape improvements designed to historically maintain significant site features.
More photos of the renovation and process can be found here.