The Ziggurat

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The Ziggurat, headquarters of the California Department of General Services.

The Ziggurat is a ten-story, stepped pyramidal office building and adjacent 5 story concrete parking structure located at 707 3rd Street in West Sacramento, California on the shore of the Sacramento River. Designed to resemble the ancient Mesopotamian ziggurats, the building was built by The Money Store in 1997, and is currently leased by the California Department of General Services (DGS) as its headquarters.

Located on more than 7 acres (28,000 m2) adjacent to the Tower Bridge, the unusually designed office building contains more than 320,000 square feet (30,000 m2) of usable office area.

Structure and exterior[edit]

Front entrance of the Ziggurat

The structure of the building is a standard column and beam steel superstructure, set upon a pre-stressed concrete pile foundation system. The structural steel is designed to resist a seismic event of up to 6.9 on the Richter scale, an extremely high standard for the Sacramento area. The exterior skin of the building consists of Minnesota Gray Buff limestone panels. Each panel weighs over four tons.


Critical areas of the building have 75 kW emergency power back-up system and 300 kW UPS (uninterrupted power system). In addition, the building has a dual electric power feed from two separate electrical components.

A centralized monitoring facility allows video security surveillance throughout the interior and exterior of the building.

The communications center has a dual fiber feed from two local fiber communication companies (four separate fiber connections).

In addition to dedicated telephone and computer equipment rooms on each floor, there is a 3,600-square-foot (330 m2) raised floor computer room with isolated Liebert units for controlled temperature and climatic conditions on the third floor.

The building has five traction elevators serving all floors, as well as an additional hydraulic elevator that provides service between the basement parking area and the first floor.


The on-site parking structure contains places for 1,649 vehicles. There are also accommodations for secured bicycle parking. All access into and out of the structure is controlled by card key access. The first floor is enclosed by wrought iron fence. The parking structure is cast-in-place concrete with tensioned decks. It is designed to withstand a 6.8 seismic event. Two traction elevators serve each floor.


The building contains an employee fitness center equipped with Nautilus-style exercise equipment, shower and locker facilities.


Coordinates: 38°34′58″N 121°30′35″W / 38.5829°N 121.5096°W / 38.5829; -121.5096