Joe Serna, Jr., Cal/EPA Headquarters Building - Sacramento, CA

The first U.S. high-rise to receive gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program is the 25-story, 950,000 square foot Joe Serna Jr. Cal/EPA Headquarters Building in Sacramento, CA, recognized nationally as one of the most energy efficient and sustainable commercial office developments in the U.S. 

The building is based on leading-edge green design and engineering principles that conserve energy and natural resources. Many aspects of its design and construction incorporate sustainable, yet economically competitive technologies, materials, methods, and processes.

Lehigh White Cement was used in the precast panels manufactured by Walters and Wolf Precast of Alameda, CA.

Completed in 2001 the building houses conference rooms, an auditorium, offices, a public hearing room, child-care center, recreation and exercise facilities, and a landscaped plaza. The building includes 40 charging stations for electric vehicles, an indoor bike room to accommodate 150 bikes, solar (photovoltaic) panels that generate electricity for use at peak exposures, a recycling and composting program, an air quality plan involving the use of non-toxic, non-odor and biodegradable cleaning products, and a cafe that utilizes biodegradable, recycled/recyclable cups and utensils.

Architect: Martin Partners ACMP
Precast Manufacturer: Walters & Wolf Precast
Awards: LEED Gold Certificaiton
Photographer: David Wakely