Developer Connections Winter 2019

SMUD CEO Arlen Orchard to retire in 2020

CEO & General Manager Arlen Orchard recently announced his retirement plans. Orchard says he’s been in a reflective mood as he approaches a milestone birthday, and while there’s no perfect time to leave, he’s decided to retire from SMUD by the end of August 2020.

Read the full press release here.


 Your SMUD Commercial Development Representative

Our Commercial Development team works with many other SMUD subject matter experts to help you connect, or enhance, your project’s electrical service. We can help you best when we know your projects coming. That’s why we encourage you to contact us early in the design phase before pursuing entitlements. Tell us what your concerns are early, and we will strategize together to help make your project a success.

Your dedicated development representative can help with all phases of your project, from pre-planning to meter-set.

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Plotting parcels in Central City

This past year, we continued to assess vacant or underutilized parcels in the Central City by contacting 200 parcel owners to find out if they have plans to develop their sites. Over 80% of the parcel owners responded, which allowed us to plot a map of future development projects, aiding us in identifying and planning for any needed SMUD infrastructure to support the expected growth within the downtown area.

Here’s a list of recent projects in development we’ve been working with lately.

Folsom South

South of Highway 50, the SMUD team was busy energizing subdivisions for Phase 1 Villages at Mangini Ranch to support production home construction with builders such as Lennar and Taylor Morrison. We also worked closely with representatives from the New Home Company to install and energize our facilities for their initial phase of development.

Folsom/Mangini (Folsom South)

Sutter Park in East Sacramento

Site work was completed at Sutter Park and SMUD worked closely with the Stonebridge Properties team and builders Tim Lewis Communities and Urban Elements in the planning and construction phase of the redevelopment of the former Sutter Memorial Hospital site, which will feature single-family and mixed-use projects.


Sutter Park, Urban Elements


69kV extension

In Rancho Cordova, we completed the backbone infrastructure for a 69kV power line extension to run eastward along Douglas Road to Grant Line Road. As a result, several developers and home builders were able to start construction and will be bringing new home products on-line in 2020.  

The California Military Department Headquarters

This project began vertical construction this year and we’ve been working closely with the design team on energy efficiency and permanent service design to support operational reliability needs in order to open in 2021.

65th Street and Sac State

 We worked closely with GMH Capital on The Academy project, which built 90 units of much needed student housing adjacent to Sac State. In addition, we’re working closely with the Hornet Commons project team, which broke ground on the project sited on the former McAuliffe baseball field. The housing project will have 284 apartments and 1,100 beds in six four-story buildings. We also worked with Jackson Properties on initial energy planning and energy efficiency opportunities for its Home2 Suites project in this area. 

The Academy, 1325 65TH Street

Hornet Commons

Metro Air Park

2019 was a year of substantial progress for Metro Air Park. The close proximity to Sacramento International Airport and I-5 and HWY-99 make Metro Air Park an attractive option for new development in the SMUD Service Territory. NorthPoint Development LLC, based out of Kansas City, MO purchased 132 acres of property along Power Line Road, north of the existing Amazon facility. NorthPoint is planning to construct two phases a Metro Air Park. The first phase, which is under construction consist of 1.13 million square feet of warehouse space. 

Buzz Oates, a Sacramento Development company, is also a major property owner at Metro Air Park.  Over the decades, Buzz Oates along with the ownership group has made significant investments in infrastructure Metro Air Park.  However, Buzz Oates waited for the right time to invest in vertical construction. In October 2019, Buzz Oates began construction of its first phase at Metro Air Park, a 500,000 square-foot project at the intersection of Elverta and Metro Air Parkway. 

In August 2019, Sacramento County, Caltrans and the Metro Air Park ownership group started construction on a freeway interchange at Metro Air Parkway and I-5. The $17.9 million project will provide easy and convenient access from I-5 to Metro Air Parkway and the rest of Metro Air Park. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2020 and will provide a critical piece of infrastructure to Metro Air Park. 

Sacramento International Logistics Center, a planned building in Metro Air Park

Sign up today for free classes and workshops

Our free classes keep you up to date on the latest technologies and relevant industry updates. Here are just a few of our classes that may be of interest to you:

Sacramento Advanced Water Heating Exposition and Heat Pump Water Heating Demo
Thursday Jan. 23, 2020, 9 AM - 5 PM & Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, 8 AM - 4:45 PM
SMUD will be holding an event to showcase new heat pump water heaters that have been developed by national manufacturers specifically for the California market, and to continue development of a statewide water heater market transformation effort.

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2019 Title 24 Highlights
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, ‎8:30 AM - noon

California’s 2019 Title 24 Energy Standards are taking effect on January 1, 2020. Martyn Dodd will cover the numerous changes to the building envelope, use of LED lighting, updated power allowances, ventilation, HVAC and acceptance test requirements to help you prepare your designs for the future.

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The dedicated advisors on the Commercial Development team are ready to assist you in navigating all phases of your project. From planning and construction to meter-set and account activation, the team will coordinate all of the touch points within SMUD.  Learn more