By Bill Sessa, Public Information Officer

Two new CDCR mental health treatment facilities recently earned awards for reducing their impact on the environment and for conserving energy.

The 45-bed facility at the California Institution for Women (CIW) and the treatment space at the California Medical Facility (CMF) were awarded Silver Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council for their environmentally friendly designs and use of low-impact materials.

“I am very proud to say that these two projects are the third and fourth CDCR facilities to receive LEED Silver Certifications, and we will continue to ensure that all of our projects will help California meet its efficiency and sustainability goals,” said Secretary Jeff Beard as he presented appreciation awards to CIW Warden (A) Tamara Kabban-Miller and CMF Warden (A) Brian Duffy.

Each of the facilities was equipped with low-flow plumbing fixtures, which reduce water use by at least 57 percent and waste-water by 65 percent.  Each facility will reduce the use of electricity by 20 percent, saving more than 340,000 kilowatt-hours annually, enough to meet the electrical needs of nearly 30 homes.

Because indoor air quality is important in a mental health facility, only low-emitting paints and adhesives were used in construction and the amount of fresh air drawn into the buildings exceeds local building codes by 30 percent.  More than half of the construction and demolition waste was recycled, and locally manufactured materials with high recycle content were used as much as possible.

Both construction projects were directed by CDCR’s Division of Facility Planning, Construction and Management and were managed by Kitchell CEM.  Other contributors were Nacht and Lewis Architects, CYS Structural Engineers, Capital Engineering, CB Engineering, AECOM and general contractor Soltek Pacific Construction.

More information about CDCR’s Energy Saving Projects can be found here


California Medical Facility (CMF) Warden (A) Brian Duffy and Secretary Jeff Beard hold CMF’s LEED award. (Photo by Eric Owens)



California Institution for Women (CIW) Warden (A) Tamara Kabban-Miller and Secretary Jeff Beard hold CIW’s LEED award. (Photo by Eric Owens)