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SMUD East Campus - Operations Center

The nation’s most sustainable fleet operations center, saving over 400 homes’ worth of energy

Sacramento, California

LEED Platinum certified and low bid – you can’t have it both ways. Or can you? When the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), outgrew their 19 acre maintenance yard, they wanted a new facility to accommodate future growth and provide a model for energy efficient net zero building design.

SMUD turned to the Stantec, Turner Construction, RNL design-build team to develop the new 361,700 square foot east campus operations center on a 50 acre site, which includes offices, equipment repair shops, maintenance and warehouse buildings, storage space and parking for fleet vehicles and employees. The result is that the nation’s first field operations center has achieved LEED Platinum certification. The project is also one of the largest net zero energy projects in North America, producing as much energy as it consumes.

Our approach to meeting the client’s net zero energy goals included design techniques for low energy heating, cooling and lighting that reduced energy by 40 percent. And less energy use meant a much lower upfront cost for solar panels. In total, the EC-OC has an annual savings of over 3.7 million KWH in electricity or enough electricity to power 413 homes.

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