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SmithGroup’s Sacramento Office for a Construction Pro Showcases the Client’s Expertise

By Kelly Beamon
Metropolis Magazine
June 29, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In the Sacramento, California, office that SmithGroup designed for a global construction company, some of the most innovative features are those that you might not necessarily see. …The firm then built a cross-laminated timber addition on top, creating a terrace and glazing on the elevations that sandwich a largely open-plan office space. …The 28,833-square-foot Sacramento office is on track to earn LEED Platinum and WELL Building certifications as well as the International Living Future Institute’s Zero Energy certification. One obvious way to reduce the project’s embodied carbon was to stick with its existing shells rather than building something new. The pair of 1950s-era structures had previously been used as vehicle testing sites. Aside from the new brick-and-aluminum facade, the chief intervention was the addition: Built with an innovative framework of CLT instead of steel, it’s the first such load-bearing timber structure Sacramento has ever seen.

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