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Architectural Nexus’ adaptive reuse of an existing building resulted in a newly renovated office building that tackles California’s energy and water crises head on with net zero energy and water consumption. The result is an extraordinary, multiple-award winner space showcasing the highest in sustainability standards. The structure became the first Living Building Challenge project certified in California in April 2018 and was the first certified re-use project in the world. Only 19 certified projects exist worldwide. Rainwater supplies all of the water needed and solar panels generate all on-site energy. Waste is composted on site. These elements embrace the firm’s core values of inspiration, stewardship and regeneration. Miyamoto was the expert structural consultant. The project was designed to be an inspiration of how a building can regenerate the environment and community while inspiring new design trends. Located on Sacramento’s historic R Street, the building is crafted of recycled wood and steel and locally sourced materials.

Sacramento, CA
Architectural Nexus
8,262 SF


  • Living Building Challenge Certified, First Building in California, 19th in the World, First Ever Re-use Building, 2018 International Living Future Institute
  • Green “Best Project” of the Year, California, 2017 Engineering News Record
  • 2017 Best Real Estate Project – Sustainable, Sacramento Business Journal
  • Sustainable Recognition Award, AIA Central Valley
  • National “Best of the Best” Green Project Winner, 2018 Engineering News Record
  • Best Green Project, ENR California
  • Large Project, Award of Merit, SEAOC Sustainable Design
  • Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Award, Business Environmental Resource Center
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