Due to its highly visible location, the new 40 acre, state-of-the-art PG&E Gas Safety Academy faced concerns from the community about the project’s impacts on the City’s rural aesthetic, and on the adjacent Putah Creek Corridor.


Through collaboration with the Architect during site planning, CALA helped to soften the project’s presence from adjacent arterial roadways and nature trails. Also, during this process, the team worked to integrate the site within the community through connections to the City’s pedestrian network, including a provision for a drainage easement that will allow a future pedestrian link to the Putah Creek Trail.

Drought tolerant plant selections include native plants that help to blend the campus with its surroundings, and complement the architecture to accent and enclose courtyards for small group meetings, outdoor learning and lunch breaks.

These efforts, in addition to outstanding connectivity to public transportation, efficient irrigation, locally sourced seed, rainwater collection, ample campus open space, and effective stormwater management, contributed to the project’s LEED Gold certification.


CALA assisted Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture during site planning, and developed visual simulations to communicate conceptual designs during public outreach. During construction documentation, the team implemented site, planting and irrigation designs to soften and enhance the project’s visual impact and to help earn LEED Gold certification.

    PG&E Training Facility
    Winters, CA
    LEED Gold
    Site Planning Assistance
    Conceptual Design
    Visual Simulation
    Public Outreach
    Construction documentation
    LEED documentation
    Construction Support

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