California Highway Patrol Headquarters

Sacramento, CA

How do you earn a LEED innovative credit in the pursuit of LEED Silver certification? The California Highway Patrol Headquarters melted guns and turned them into rebar! All told, the CHP delivered almost 5 tons of guns to a steel plant where they were melted down and used to create rebar that was then used on the project. The project married old with new as it included the retrofit of three existing buildings, two tilt-up former warehouses, and an unreinforced masonry (URM) cannery structure along with the addition of a new two-story tactical building and helicopter pad capable of accommodating Blackhawk helicopters. The campus serves as the emergency operations headquarters to ensure safety and enforce traffic laws on California highways and county roads. 

Quick Facts

  • Size: 305,000 SF
  • Architect: LPAS
  • Certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Construction Cost: $43,000,000
  • Contractor: Fullmer Construction
  • 9,200 pounds of confiscated guns were shipped to a steel plant in Seattle, Washington to be melted along with heaps of scrap metal to be formed into rebar

Photo credit: LPAS