Civic Projects

PG&E Distribution Control Center

Concord, California


This new PG&E facility in Concord provides 24-hour power distribution services during disasters. The landscape concept for the control center was focused around creating an attractive, functional, and sustainable design for the center’s employees and visitors. 


Hardy, low maintenance, and low water-use plants are native to the Bay Area’s climate. Plant materials are massed to enhance circulation, facilitate a secure environment, and were coordinated with storm water mitigation systems and other utility infrastructure. Outdoor gathering spaces were designed for employees to enjoy during their workday. The building’s rear entrance was enhanced with decorative paving, low planter walls, and colorful planting. 


The irrigation system complies with California AB1881 Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) requirements for irrigation equipment and irrigation system design. Complying with the WELO requirements will minimize irrigation water use and irrigation system maintenance requirements. The final project was well received by the community and the project overall received an AIA design award for industrial facilities.


Owner/Client: Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Team Lead: DGA Architects