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SMUD East Campus Operations Center

Sacramento, CA

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is a City-owned utility company that owned an assortment of existing maintenance, operations, administration, and storage buildings with varying lengths of useful life left in them. A project team including Maintenance Design Group compiled an updated program and master plan for a new corporate yard to properly size the replacement of their existing 40-year-old site that could not meet current needs or capacity of the District’s operations. The new site provided many challenges to this effort as it had grade changes of more than 60 feet in places due its former use as a gravel quarry.

The master plan team then completed Design/Build Bridging Documents for the newly coined East Campus Operations Center now housing Distribution Services, Business Technology, General Services, and Electrical Utility Field support crews in a four-story office complex and yard buildings that include shops, tool distribution cleaning and storage, vehicle maintenance, warehouse, transformer shops, fueling, and a vehicle wash. Many unique shops were designed for handling the District’s electrical and yard needs, including Hazardous Material Storage, Transformer Shop, Electrical Meter Shop, Radio Shop, Telecommunications Shop, Substation Shop, and Electronic Testing.

Notable Design Features:

  • The project was programmed to ensure that the site produced as much energy as used by the buildings and site (a concept known as Net Zero Energy) by requiring highly efficient mechanical systems, photovoltaic panels, natural lighting, and aggressive energy management.
  • The Administration Building has high visual impact while site grades allow hidden District parking, Storage Yard, and service operations.
Services Provided
Preliminary Design
Space Needs Program
Master Plan/Concept Design
Design Criteria
Design/Build Bridging Documents
Fleet Size

850 vehicles maintained, 564 vehicles stored on site

Site Size

50 acres

Facility Size

936,700 square feet

Construction Cost


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