Sacramento State Hornet Bookstore

Sacramento, CA

Utilizing the newest structural technology of the time was appropriate for a structure located on a campus of higher learning. The three-story building at Sacramento State, a campus in the CSU system, combines a new Hornet Bookstore on two levels and university offices on the third. Buckling restrained braced frames (BRBF) were utilized to create an efficient, high-performance seismic resistant system. The innovative design was a “first-of-its-kind” in the region at the time, and the approach utilized rigorous analysis techniques as the BRBF system was not identified in the building code. The final design provided a higher level of seismic performance than a traditional code-based design and remained within the University’s project budget. 

Quick Facts

  • Size: 100,000 SF
  • Architect: Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture
  • Construction Cost: $18,000,000
  • Contractor: Roebbelen


  • 2008 SEAOCC Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards - Award of Merit (New Construction) 
  • 2007 ASCE Sacramento Section - Architectural Engineering Institute Award 

Photo credit: Douglas Johnson Photography