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California Military Department Headquarters

A net zero energy project reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency in California

  • 285K

    Square Feet

  • Rancho Cordova, California

    Rancho Cordova, California

Targeting LEED Gold certification, this new headquarters complex will be sustainable, open, and friendly

The goal was to make the new California Military Department Headquarters more than simply a military facility. It needed to be more like a corporate headquarters than a typical military building. Plus, it was going to be the first large-scale net zero energy project implemented by the State of California. The plan? Reduce environmental impact, optimize performance, lower energy and operating costs, conserve resources, and increase occupant satisfaction and productivity. 

The design includes on-site photovoltaic arrays that will serve a dual purpose as parking shade structures. Additionally, façade designs are specific to the building orientation and aid with the daylight harvesting and net zero energy goals.

The relationship with the adjoining planned development community was an important consideration as well. The chosen design aesthetic befits the facility’s stature as a military headquarters—the facades are well articulated with a combination of brick veneer, metal panels, and fenestrations. All the buildings on the campus are designed with the same architectural principles, broadcasting a cohesive campus aesthetic to the surrounding community. When complete, this headquarters complex will go a long way toward ensuring the Military Department is an effective and energy-efficient force.

Meet Our Team

David Hillsamer, Senior Associate, Architect

I believe the most successful projects have collaborative environments, allowing every team member to have their perspective heard.
David Hillsamer Senior Associate, Architect Read More

William Ketcham, Principal

I approach the opportunity to craft beautiful design concepts by integrating modern building technologies with end-user comfort.

James Sasek, Principal

I’m a jack of all trades kind of guy—my ability to work on design-build projects satisfies my need to go after the details.

David Hillsamer

Senior Associate, Architect

William Ketcham


James Sasek


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