Capital Engineering Consultants, Inc. - CECI
State of California  Central Utility Plant

Building Optimization + Sustainability

State of California Central Utility Plant

Capital led a team of consultants in a comprehensive two-part Master Plan and best value design-build procurement delivery for the State of California’s District Energy Plant in downtown Sacramento. Part I involved the comprehensive master planning of the plant for replacement-upgrade of plant equipment and systems overall. Part II included prime consultant services for preparation of the performance criteria, design-build delivery oversight master engineering and our role as the State’s Commissioning Authority for the project. The total plant capacity is 19,000 tons of cooling with a 52,000 ton/h TES tank, and 160,000 lbs/h high pressure steam plant.

The plant was commissioned in two phases, Phase 1 the new plant adjacent the old plant as the older plant was taken off line and later Phase 2 commissioning of use of the new TES was erected in its place.

Commissioned systems include HVAC steam turbine generator, building pumps and meters, photovoltaic solar system, a/c units, central plant systems, cooling towers, refrigerant leak test and balance, sound vibration control systems and underfloor distribution system, domestic water heating, domestic water booster and irrigation systems; daylighting and photocells, lighting controls for occupancy sensors, emergency power systems, fire alarm systems, power distribution units, and security systems.


  • Master Development Planning
  • Design-Build Project Delivery
  • Whole Building Commissioning
  • LEED Documentation
  • Savings By Design Program


  • LEED for New Construction Platinum Certification
  • 2012 GEELA Award for Sustainable Facilities,
    Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award
  • 2011 Building Team Bronze Award,
    Building + Design Construction Magazine
  • 2011 Best Government/Public Building Project,
    McGraw-Hill California Construction Magazine
  • 2011 Best Utility Project,
    Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2011 Award of Excellence: Sustainability,
    NCMA/ICPI Design Awards of Excellence
  • 2011 Exceptional Project Award,
    Western Council of Construction Consumers
  • 2011 Regional Award for Civic Building,
    Design-Build Institute of America
  • 2009 Silver Award for Safety Excellence,
    Liberty Mutual Group