Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op and Parking Structure

Sacramento, CA

The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, established in 1973, reopened in a vibrant new structure a few blocks from its original store. Home to an expanded market, café and delicatessen, administrative offices, meeting rooms and classrooms with a full commercial demonstration kitchen, the complicated infill site was once a junkyard. The adjacent tilt-up concrete parking structure includes electric vehicle charging stations and a large enclosed bicycle storage and maintenance room for staff. The store and parking structure were required to seamlessly blend structurally and aesthetically with the surrounding stores and public right of way. This was accomplished through the use of green screens for vegetation growth to blend in with existing established trees that were preserved during construction. The resulting project has been well received by members of the community at-large and has taken its place as a vital new Sacramento civic amenity.

Quick Facts

  • Size: 42,000 SF store; 86,800 SF, 257 stall parking structure
  • Architect: YHLA Architects
  • The parking structure utilized about 84% of the site for the structure
  • Four-story tall existing palm trees on site next to the street were preserved during construction, with active streets on two sides
  • Construction Cost: $20,500,000
  • Contractor: West Fork Construction
  • Steep speed ramps were utilized between floors due to the limited building footprint


  • 2017 Tilt-Up Concrete Association - Tilt-Up Achievement Award

Photo credit: John Swain Photography