Monday, May 29, 2006

Rancho Cordova City Hall

The May 26th issue of the Business Journal magazine: Structures: Architecture, Construction and Design in Review, includes an article about the new Rancho Cordova City Hall: “Taking what’s there and making it better” that is revealing on several levels.

Rancho Cordova (the newly incorporated city other parkway organizations feel is unfriendly to the parkway environment so they are contesting Rancho Cordova’s right to be involved in decisions regarding the parkway), has built an environmentally friendly city hall which will be the first "in Northern California to get a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U. S. Green Building Council, which requires certain energy-efficient ratings and conservation practices during construction and maintenance." (p. S-48)

Rancho Cordova’s new 79,000 square foot city hall is a beautiful building in which I spent a couple of hours recently attending a meeting on flood control issues, and a very welcoming aspect of the building is that it is surrounded, in wonderful California suburban accessible style, by free parking.

It is at 2729 Prosper Park Drive, and another delightful amenity is that it has “5,700 square feet of community space for rent for weddings and meetings, and 33,000 square feet of leasable offices.” (p. S-49)