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Mental Health Treatment Building at California State Prison- Sacramento Receives Energy Award

Design significantly reduces consumption, increases sustainability
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced a new mental health treatment building at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) has received top energy conservation and sustainability certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The mental health treatment facility at SAC, which included 16,700 square feet of renovated space, received LEED “Silver” certification for Commercial Interiors.

“I am very proud that CDCR continues to demonstrate leadership in energy and water conservation,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said. “We have made significant strides in sustainable construction and look forward to more of our projects being recognized for their energy-efficiency.”

The new treatment and office space provides a place for CDCR to conduct enhanced outpatient (EOP) mental health treatment for general population inmates. It is one of eight new facilities CDCR has built at various institutions to provide treatment to mentally ill inmates.

Throughout the design and construction of this project, CDCR focused on improving the indoor environment and air quality. Only low-emitting paints and adhesives were used and ongoing access to outside air was emphasized for building occupants. Emphasis was placed on energy and water conservation, as well as on reducing construction waste. The building minimizes energy consumption by reducing lighting power density by more than 25 percent and incorporates efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Energy Star appliances were included in the project and low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce water consumption by more than 39 percent.

By preserving and reusing an existing building and incorporating recycled and regional materials whenever possible, the project’s impact on critical natural resources was also significantly reduced. More than 97 percent of the waste generated during construction and demolition was recycled.

A LEED criterion for a “Silver” award requires building characteristics that promote occupant well-being and reduces the building’s environmental impacts.  CDCR has previously received four LEED Silver certifications for newly constructed projects.

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) confers LEED awards based on its review of a project’s sustainability attributes. In addition to the LEED awards already received by CDCR, two additional projects constructed by CDCR are pending certification, the new EOP Office and Treatment building at California Medical Facility in Vacaville and the new Administrative Segregation Unit EOP Office and Treatment building at California State Prison, Los Angeles County in Lancaster.

The LEED green building rating system was developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders. The certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality and gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.

In April 2012, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued Executive Order B-18-12 directing all state agencies to take actions to reduce entity-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10 percent by 2015 and 20 percent by 2020, as measured against a 2010 baseline.

The project team included CDCR, Kitchell CEM, Nacht & Lewis Architects, CYS Structural Engineers, Capital Engineering, AVS Engineers, Carlton Engineering and was constructed by the Inmate Ward Labor program of CDCR. Green Building Services assisted the project team with establishing the sustainability objectives and the LEED certification process.

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July 29, 2013
Contact: Dana Simas

(916) 445-4950