Caltrans Press Release 19-015

Release Date: 1/18/2019
District: 3
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Phone: (530) 741-4571

Caltrans Set Gold Standard with Green District Office

Marysville Building Marks 10-Year Anniversary

MARYSVILLE – You might say Caltrans set the gold standard when it opened the doors to a state-of-the-art green office building in Yuba County a decade ago.

The 220,000-square-foot Leo J. Trombatore State Office Building, home to Caltrans District 3 in Marysville, uses nearly 40 percent less water and is more energy efficient than 95 percent of similar office buildings. Its water savings are almost enough to supply the annual water needs of two households.

Moreover, it boasts high-efficient air filters to remove airborne contaminants that can aggravate breathing problems such as allergies and asthma. The cleaning staff uses green cleaning products that are biodegradable and free of phosphates and ammonia. It features charging stations for zero-emission electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles. And last year, Caltrans added electricity-generating solar panels in the main parking lot at the six-acre complex – providing enough power to cover 25 percent of the building’s energy needs.

To mark these achievements , District 3 – one of the largest employers in Yuba County – will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the five-story office building, which replaced an adjacent aging, cramped 70-year-old structure. Former Caltrans employees, local elected officials and the building contractor, Turner Construction Co., have been invited to attend a short celebration.

“We are proud that our District Office has been at the forefront of Caltrans’ sustainability efforts,” said District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “This building embodies our goal to preserve and enhance the state’s environment and prosperity by meeting our current demands and improving the quality of life of Californians without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

The LEED Gold-certified building was some 40 years in the making. Its design incorporated suggestions from Marysville city leaders and community members.

The facility, home to more than 700 employees, provides for the operational needs of Caltrans District 3 and its North Region, which administers the design, construction and maintenance of the state’s highway systems in 22 Northern California counites.

Caltrans District 3 maintains more than 4,385 lane miles of state highway in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba. Caltrans provides the latest information and traffic updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.