Year: 2007
Award Type: Award of Honor
Territory: SMUD Territory
Location: Sacramento, CA
Owner: California Public Employees Retirement System
Developer: California Public Employees Retirement System
Architect: Pickard Chilton
Market Segement:
Government / Civic
Institutional
Type of Building:
Office
Other
Award Credit:

Design Team

Kendall/Heaton Associates Inc.

Structural Engineer

CYS Structural Engineers Inc.

Consultant

Ove Arup and Partners, Hart/Howerton, Interior Architects Inc., Simon & Associates Inc., and Hensel Phelps Construction Company

Photography

Peter Aaron/Esto Photographics

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CalPERS - Photo Credit: Peter Aaron/Esto Photographics

CalPERS Courtyard - Photo Credit: Peter Aaron/Esto Photographics

CalPERS Interior Atrium - Photo Credit: Peter Aaron/Esto Photographics

California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) Headquarters

The CalPERS building complex offers office and retail space, proposed housing, and two levels of below-grade parking. The building has successfully responded to the city's urban fabric as well as the client's sustainable design goals. Its careful planning and construction allowed the building to perform 28% better than Title 24 minimum standards and attain LEED® Gold certification.

The high expectations of their client motivated the entire team to participate in green building workshops early in the design process. Through these workshops, the team was able to prioritize the green strategies for the project and reach the client's goals for their large-scale headquarters.

A large focus was put on the building's use of natural light. Shading projections, light shelves, floor-to-ceiling glass and integrated planters allow for a reduction in electric lighting. The building is also broken up by a courtyard and atrium-- two aspects that the jurors agreed made the building a "great place to work." The jurors also noted that CalPERS was the only winning entrant that utilized underfloor air distribution, helping to reduce the cooling energy requirements of the building. The project's high levels of energy efficiency and unique architecture made it a highly appropriate choice as winner of the honor award.

Jurors

  • Charles Eley, FAIA, PE

    Title: Vice-President
    Company: Architectural Energy Corporation
    Location: Boulder, CO

    Charles Eley, FAIA, PE

    Mr. Eley is an architect and mechanical engineer with about 25 years experience in energy efficient and sustainable design. Mr. Eley has made significant contributions to the California energy standards, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and energy codes in Hong Kong, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and Australia. Mr. Eley is now working with the California Energy Commission to update the state energy efficiency standards in response to the recent electricity crisis.

    In addition to his energy codes and policy work, Mr. Eley has also developed a number of important publications including the Advanced Lighting Guidelines, the Lighting Fundamentals Handbook, and numerous other technical manuals on energy efficient and code compliance. Mr. Eley is the primary author and technical editor of the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999 User's Manual. He is also the executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and is the technical editor of the CHPS Best Practices Manual.

    Mr. Eley consults with other architects and engineers in the design of landmark energy efficient buildings. He also directs the software development team within Architectural Energy Corporation, which is responsible for VisualDOE, EnvStd, and a number of other computer programs for the energy efficient design of buildings.

  • Jack A. Paddon, AIA

    Title:
    Company: Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc.
    Location: Roseville, CA

    Jack A. Paddon, AIA

    In 1981 Jack joined Jim Williams to establish Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc. Since that time, the firm has won the continued respect of clients and the communities they serve through many successfully completed projects.

    Jack's leadership in Client Focused Design has guided almost two decades of value enhanced services for Williams + Paddon's many clients. Under his direction, the firm has become recognized as a leader in innovative design with an emphasis on regionally influenced sustainable projects for public and corporate clients.

    Jack is a LEED Accredited Professional since 2002. Consistent with the firm's core values, he continues to volunteer his time to community and professional groups. Jack has served on the AIACC State Board of Directors, and served a term as president of the AIA Central Valley. He serves in multiple capacities in support of the California Board of Architectural Examiners.

  • Scott Shell, AIA, LEED® A.P.

    Title: Principal
    Company: EHDD Architecture
    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Scott Shell, AIA, LEED® A.P.

    Mr. Shell is a nationally recognized expert on high-performance buildings and sustainable design and has written and lectured widely on these topics. He has designed a number of EHDD's most successful, sustainable design projects, including the award-winning Global Ecology Research Center for the Carnegie Institution of Washington on the Stanford University campus and the recently completed Chartwell School in Monterey, which is anticipating a LEED Platinum rating.

    Mr. Shell emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to creating new models of sustainable design, focusing on low-energy and carbon-neutral buildings. He is currently working on the Lifecycle Building Challenge, using recovered building materials and Design for Deconstruction (DfD) to reduce building material impacts over the life of a building. Concurrently, he is working with his colleagues to make EHDD a model sustainable community and architectural practice.

    Mr. Shell holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University and a Master of Arts in Humanities from Stanford University and studied Tamil language and culture at the University of Chicago and the American Institute of Indian Studies in Madurai.


Award Credit

Design Team

Kendall/Heaton Associates Inc.

Structural Engineer

CYS Structural Engineers Inc.

Consultant

Ove Arup and Partners, Hart/Howerton, Interior Architects Inc., Simon & Associates Inc., and Hensel Phelps Construction Company

Photography

Peter Aaron/Esto Photographics

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