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  PCWA Business Center InteriorPCWA Business Center Interior


Calpo Hom & Dong Architects
2120 20th Street, #1, Sacramento, CA 95818

General Description

Location: Auburn, California
Date Bid: Oct 2012
Construction Period: Oct 2012 to May 2013
Total Square Feet: 12,085 Site: 95 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor improvements, 8,954; first floor ceiling improvements, 2,684; second floor improvements, 447; total improvements, 12,085 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’; second floor, 10; total, 31’.
Basic Construction Type: Interior Renovation.
Foundation: N/A Exterior Walls: N/A Roof: N/A Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

General Contractor: PNP Construction, Inc. - 281 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA 95603
Mechanical Engineer: Sigma Engineering - 3517 Marconi Avenue, #204, Sacramento, CA 95821
Electrical Engineer: Capitol City Design - 1751 Cebrian Street, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Structural Engineer: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers - 600 Q Street, #200, Sacramento, CA 95811
Cost Estimator: Bleckman Construction Estimating - 2421 Rio Bravo Circle, Sacramento, CA 95826

The Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) was created in 1957 under its own State Legislative Act entitled the "Placer County Water Agency Act." The Agency is self-governed and has been actively involved in a wide variety of water and energy issues in its 1,500 square mile service area of Placer County, serving a population of over 200,000. The Agency has installed and maintains over 600 miles of Treated Water Pipeline, 165 miles of Irrigation Canals, 8 Water Treatment Plants, and 34 Storage Tanks.

Originally housed in County Offices in Auburn, PCWA relocated in the 70's to the Auburn Water Treatment Plant, and worked out of small Metal Buildings and Trailers. By 1990, PCWA recognized the need for a separate Headquarters and Business Center, for an expanding number of Water System Customers. In 1993, PCWA constructed it current Business Center, +/-25,000 square feet, to house its Business Operations under the same roof for the first time.

The facility was designed to house the Departments of Customer Services, Finance, Administration, and Engineering, as well as an Assembly Room for Board Meetings and numerous Conference Rooms. The facility was designed to anticipate expansion, and, in the twenty years hence, all Departments have increased in size and responsibilities, and have expanded to include the Departments of Human Resources and Strategic Affairs.

In the twenty years since the Business Center first opened, PCWA has undergone many changes. Management changes, as well as Storage and Filing requirements and Staff and Customer needs. Map Rooms and File Room needs have been replaced with Electronic Storage, and the Agency's Computer Center has been relocated to a larger facility. Through the years, PCWA accomplished a number of small interior improvement projects, and was primed for a major interior improvement project for the Customer Services Department, readily accessible to the Public in the Lobby area. Staff preferred more access to daylight, and Customer-friendly spaces and updated finishes, while Management looked for flexible space usage and higher efficiencies in energy use.

Existing Map and File Rooms were removed, and structural shear walls and columns were relocated to open up the Customer Services Area, for better communications and daylighting amongst the Staff, and improved comfort and perception from the Public. Furniture Cubicle Systems were replaced with Low Partition Systems; to alleviate concerns about noise, a new High-Efficient Open Office Acoustic Ceiling System was installed, throughout all of the Open Office Areas in the Facility. In addition, existing Fluorescent Light fixtures were replaced with new LED Fixtures, to promote Energy Efficiency and reduce maintenance. Existing HVAC Systems were re-balanced to accommodate the new changes in floor layout. Finishes and colors were updated throughout the facility, in both Public and staff areas, to add new life and
vitality to the facility.

As the PCWA Business Center marches into it's third decade of service, the vision of the Agency has ensured itself of improved efficiencies, in both space and energy usage, and remains a source of Community Pride, as it has for the past fifty years.

Product Information
Windows: Milgard
Interior: Georgia Pacific, Sherwin Williams, Maharam Wallcovering, Armstrong Acoustic Ceilings
Lighting: Lithonia
Flooring: Interface Carpet, Azrock VCT, Roppe Base

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