Capitol Area East End Complex

Innovation in Design & Construction
The State of California and the Clark/Gruen Design-Build Team collaborated throughout the design, construction, and post-occupancy phases to support budget, schedule, quality, and safety goals established for the project.
Teresa C. Kaneko, AIA, Supervising Project Director, California Department of General Services
Sacramento, California
State of California Department of General Services
1,730,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
LEED Certified

The Capitol Area East End Complex serves as an example of what can be accomplished when green building is integrated throughout each stage of planning, design, and construction. The project played a major role in the development of downtown Sacramento.

Clark led the design and construction of the ambitious Capitol Area East End Complex in Sacramento. Located on the east end of Sacramento’s Capitol Park, the project is a multi-block, mixed-use office development consolidating the operations of two major departments of California State government. The four buildings provided a central headquarters with 1.1 million square-feet of building space, which are adjacent to 630,000 square feet of new parking facilities.


The State of California required the design-build team to exceed state energy-efficiency standards by 30 percent, and Clark succeeded in meeting and exceeding these environmental goals. The buildings' main lobbies feature more than 30,000 square feet of salvaged marble flooring from a nearby historic library and courts building. During construction, over 95 percent of the construction debris—15,000 tons—was diverted from landfills. In addition, cool roofing materials on each building reflects sunlight and reduce cooling costs up to 40 percent.

AGC of California - Innovation in Design & Construction
California Construction Link - Best Mixed Use Project, Sacramento Valley
California Resource Recovery Association - Best Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion
California Integrated Waste Management Board - Waste Reduction Award