Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) desired a dramatic, monumental building, having careful attention given to sun control and considerable flexibility for expected future growth. The 166,000-square-foot building, housing the central administration and service facilities, was completed in 1961.
A major design feature, a glass mosaic tile mural by artist Wayne Thiebaud, encircles the first level of the building. The south wing encloses three clear-spanned floors of flexible office space over an auditorium, demonstration areas, and a lobby. The basement was designed to house the cafeteria, mailroom and general storage area. The north wing houses three levels of garage with a computer floor above. Garage space is provided for staff vehicles while tree-lined parking is available for visitors and employees. The building has matured successfully over the years and is still used as it was originally designed.
Platinum-EB certification was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2007.
In 2010 the SMUD Headquarters was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places.