California State Department of Social Services Headquarters
The California State Department of Social Services Headquarters and Training Center was a renovation of original structures built in 1969 that didn’t meet 21st Century safety, accessibility, and engineering standards. The work involved demolition and upgrades to the existing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, phone, elevator and security systems; new interiors; and construction of a new 7,800-square-foot lobby that connected the two 20-story towers. The project team was able to recycle as much as 72 percent of non-hazardous construction waste and more than 90 percent of the building structure and exterior skin was re-used. New green finishes included 15,000 square yards of carpet made from recycled materials and painted finishes using low VOC paints. Overall, the project exceeded Title 24 Energy Design Requirements by 19 percent and baseline water use was reduced by about 40 percent. The team also installed a new state-of-the-art fire sprinkler system, complete with a fire pump, 20,000-gallon storage tank and emergency generator, as well as smoke control and air distribution systems. If a fire were to occur, it would trigger a pressurization system to contain the smoke to a single floor and activate other life-safety systems in the building. Other upgrades included installing 256 large viscous dampers throughout to reinforce the building structure.
- Major renovation and demolition
- 90% of building structure and exterior skin re-used
- Largest asbestos abatement in the West at the time
- LEED® Gold certified
- Western Council of Construction Consumers 2011 “Notable Achievement Award”