Natomas Gateway Tower

Sacramento, CA

Aptly named, the Natomas Gateway Tower stands tall as the gateway from the north into downtown Sacramento.  Completed in 2009, it was the first high-rise in the region constructed using buckling restrained braced frames. Buehler utilized a performance based design including a nonlinear static pushover analysis as an alternate means of compliance for approval of the BRBF system as at the time of construction, BRBFs were not a recognized lateral system in the California Building Code. With braces confined to the core of the building and open office spans up to 45 feet long, the building offers unobstructed views of the entire Sacramento valley.

Quick Facts

  • Size: 340,000 SF
  • Architect: LPAS
  • Precast architectural cladding was engineered by Walt Buehler
  • Southwest corner of the building is supported by a 20-foot double cantilever
  • Construction Cost: $60,000,000
  • Contractor: Swinerton Builders
  • Certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council


  • 2009 ASCE Sacramento Section - Architectural Project of the Year

Photo credit: LPAS and 111th Aerial Photography Squadron