Lincoln Plaza CalPERS Headquarters


State of California, CalPERS


Sacramento, California


Original: 1986 - Renovations: 1996-current

LEED Status



Original: 500,000 sq ft - Renovations: 425,000 sq ft - Garage: 500 car


Original: $70 million - Renovations: $14 million


1987, National Pre-Stressed Concrete Institute

Professional Design Award

1987, American Concrete Institute

Architectural Award

1987, American Concrete Institute

Design Award

1988, AIA Central Valley

Honor Award

1990, AIA Central Valley

Merit Award

2002, AIA Central Valley

Citation AwardRenovation & Board Chambers

2009, U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Star Certified

2009, U.S. Green Building Council

LEED Gold O+M: EB Certification

2013, AIA Central Valley

Regional Recognition Award

2007, AIA California Council

Savings by Design, Energy Efficiency Integration AwardsAward of Honor



We were engaged by the Public Employees Retirement System in the 1980’s to create a forward-thinking, 100-year headquarters for the organization. Lincoln Plaza quickly became a Sacramento landmark and displays many advanced features that have come into their own in the 21st Century. There were many firsts – one of the first office buildings to utilized raised computer floors throughout; to utilize an integrated energy management system for lights, shades and conditioning; and to feature a fully landscaped green roof. The timeless and quality design has aged very gracefully and the building remains a viable and much admired headquarters.

Over the intervening years, we have helped CalPERS to renovate nearly all of the building spaces, making good use of the modular systems and flexible open office environment from the original design parti. The raised access floors, modular panel system and carpet tiles all contribute to the ease of reconfiguration, energy and technology updates throughout the complex. In 2009 the building was certified LEED EB Gold by the US Green Building Council. Lincoln Plaza remains the vital heart and home to the largest pension fund in the United States, an elegant and timeless landmark.

Lincoln Plaza was featured in the February 2013 issue of Architectural Review from London, and the AIA Central Valley awarded the project the Regional Recognition Award the same year.

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