California Public Employees Retirement System Headquarters
Pickard Chilton Architects, Inc.
Location & Year
Sacramento, CA, 2005
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Two U-shaped structures form a public courtyard at their center that features outdoor terraces offering access to sunlight, fresh air, and lush planting. This configuration also places the interior work spaces in close proximity to natural light. The façade design layers horizontal and vertical shading projections, light shelves, floor to ceiling clear glass, and integrated planters to control sunlight and create a richly textured enclosure. The building received a Gold LEED rating by the USGBC.
Exterior walkways link the two structures, and a pedestrian concourse below Q Street ties the building to the System’s current headquarters, Lincoln Plaza. The centerpiece of the design is the hourglass-shaped, six-story tall entry lobby, a sculpted glass shape supported by a lacy steel frame structure.
Beyond Green Award, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, 2009
Award of Honor, Savings by Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards, 1007
Green Honor Award, AIA Central Valley, 2006
Pollution Prevention Award, Sacramento County, 2006
Environmental recognition Award, Sacramento Environmental Commission, 2006
Best Overall Award, Flex Your Power, 2006
Institutional/Industrial Award, Cemex Building Awards, 2006
2010 Green Good Design Award - Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies