State of California, Department of Education Headquarters

Capitol Area East End Complex, Block 225 Office Building, 2002


State of California


Sacramento, California



LEED Status



375,000 sq ft


$68.5 Million

Delivery Method


Program Components

Non-profit daycare center, underground garage, electric vehicle charging stations, retail


2009, High Performing Buildings Magazine

Fall Feature, "California's Valedictorian"

2006, U.S. Green Building Council

LEED Platinum O+M: EB Recertification

2003, Building Design & Construction Magazine

Merit AwardInstitutional

2003, CalEPA

Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership AwardsSustainability

2003, DBIA Western Pacific Region

Design Excellence AwardPublic Sector, Over $15M

2002, U.S. Green Building Council

LEED Gold Certification



Marble paneling salvaged from the historic Library and Courts building was recycled to create an elegant and durable entry lobby floor with a custom inlay pattern.

A public art program was fully integrated with the design, as evidenced by these whimsical steel fence panels at the childcare play area.

A key innovation was the inclusion of a photovoltaic array on the rooftop penthouse. The panels were integrated into an aluminum storefront system; they provide approximately 30 kVA of power back to the grid, offsetting utility costs.

This ultra energy-efficient, award-winning State office building houses the California Department of Education, and is part of the Capitol Area East End Complex, east of the Capitol building in Sacramento. The State solicited design/build teams to deliver the office project with a focus on sustainability. Our multi-disciplined team provided over one hundred environmental or sustainable enhancements to the basic building design, all within the stipulated Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). Items such as a 30 kVA photovoltaic array, raised access floors throughout, recycled materials and stringent air-quality testing were just a few of the features that led to a LEED Gold rating for the finished project. The building operates at approximately 32% below California Title 24 energy consumption standards—the most stringent standards in the nation.

Sustainable practices used during construction are now part of the State’s green building manual. At least 25% of the building includes recycled materials, including the lobby marble flooring, which was salvaged from the Library & Courts Building, circa 1923.

Green Technology Magazine article


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