SMUD breaks ground for East Campus Operations Center
Construction project brings 300 new jobs to area and earns top green building award
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) officially started construction on the nation’s first field operations center to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s top honors – the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The project will also be the second “net zero” undertaking in North America.
By incorporating the latest energy efficiency features as well as some tried and true technologies, the energy consumption of the 51-acre campus will be greatly minimized. The net zero designation will come from incorporating technologies such as a 5-acre geothermal heat pump system and a 1.1 megawatt tracking photovoltaic system allowing the campus to generate as much power on the site as it consumes. The project also brings 300 much needed construction jobs to Sacramento County.
This multi-year construction project will include offices, equipment repair shops, maintenance and warehouse buildings, storage space and parking for fleet vehicles and employees. Upon completion of the project in late 2013 approximately 750 employees will move to the facility.
Environmental benefits from the design features included in the construction project translate into an annual savings of over 3.7 million kilowatt-hours in electricity or enough electricity to power 413 homes. The project design also delivers a reduction of 3.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide.
The East Campus-Operations Center is being constructed because SMUD has long ago outgrown the 19-acre yard it has been using for 65 years.
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Suggested caption: During the groundbreaking ceremony, SMUD General Manager & CEO John DiStasio describes the renewable and energy efficiency features that will earn the new campus the U.S. Green Building Council's highest honor.
Suggested caption: Construction begins with a giant pile driver during the groundbreaking ceremony for SMUD's East Campus-Operations Center. The project brings 300 construction jobs to Sacramento County.