Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Customer Service Center

Sacramento, California

Sustainable design ahead of its time

SMUD presented us the challenge of creating a new headquarters that was not only sustainable and energy efficient, but would also shape the way their teams operated and interacted with each other. To increase workflow and bring more light into the building, our design moved the executive offices away from the exterior perimeter to the center allowing window access and natural light for everyone on the floor. To maximize energy efficiency, we oriented the site to make the most of existing trees and sun patterns and included interior light shelves that would push light further into the building. The building has stood the test of time, and true to its original purpose, has provided the flexibility for SMUD to grow and keep pace with its rapidly changing industry.