Rendering Credit: Treanor HL + Perkins&Will

State of California – Jesse Unruh Building Renovation

Project overview

Vanir is providing construction project management services for the renovation of the five-story (plus basement), 172,000-square-foot Jesse Unruh Building in downtown Sacramento. It opened in 1929 as State Office Building #1 and currently houses the State treasurer’s office. The historic building is an important example of Beaux-Arts architecture and City Beautiful Movement urban planning concepts, and is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Capital Extension District.

The project involves correcting deficiencies throughout the building, while ensuring the rehabilitation is consistent with historic guidelines. The scope of work includes several key elements to ensure the facility withstands another 50 years of life:

  • Fire/life safety improvements and hazardous material removal
  • Repairs to the building’s exterior finishes
  • Upgrades and repairs for ADA compliance
  • Replacement of mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems
  • New lighting controls, security improvements and interior finishes

The project is targeting zero net energy, LEED silver (at a minimum) and carbon neutral goals for operating without a reliance on fossil fuels.

Sacramento, California
California Department of General Services
Design-Build Architect

Treanor HL + Perkins&Will

Design-Build Contractor

DPR Construction

Square Footage
172,000 SF
Construction Cost
$159 Million
Start Date
Completion Date