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 features of the 13 acre site. This project is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Since 1958, the SMUD Headquarters building has been featured in several publications and received many design awards including: 1959 Honor Award, Masonry Institute; 1959 Award of Excellence, American Institute of Steel Construction; 1965 AIA Central Valley Honor Award; 1969 APPA Honor Award from ASLA jointly with American Public Power Association, AIA, American Institute of Planners, and American Society of Chemical Engineers; and November 1960 Western Architect & Engineer Magazine feature; November 1960 Pacific Architect & Builder Magazine feature; December 1961 Public Power Magazine feature; May 22, 1960 Sacramento Bee Newspaper feature; May 1961 Architectural Forum Magazine cover and main feature; July 2, 1961 New York Times Real Estate section cover; and 1963 Light Magazine feature, a publication of General Electric.
More photos of the renovation and process can be found here.