Callander Associates provided the design for landscape improvements and facilitated the public outreach component to determine a preferred concept. Because of its tight schedule, the City of Sacramento decided to use a design-assist method of delivery. During this process Callander Associates worked in close collaboration with both the City and the contractor to complete working drawings and details that addressed and balanced value engineering, project functionality and aesthetic concerns to the satisfaction of all parties while preserving and respecting the historic character of the building and site which is held so dear by many Sacramento residents. The project received the 2008 GE Edison Award for its exterior lighting as well as a GE Award of Excellence in Environmental Design.
Listed on the National Historic Register, the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium has been the premier venue for local events for almost 80 years, from high-profile musical acts to graduation commencements for numerous schools and colleges.