Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

A Modern Facility for an Ancient Faith

For over 60 years, Greek Orthodox Christians have worshipped and celebrated their culture at facilities located at the Annunciation campus at 600 Alhambra Boulevard in Sacramento. Founded by a handful of immigrant families from Greece, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church has become a thriving Parish of over 500 families.  To meet cultural and ministry needs, a new Family and Education Center was commissioned to replace aging infrastructure and facilities – and build for the future.

CJA interfaced with a number of groups during the master plan process, including a small executive building committee, a larger full building committee, the parish at large and three separate neighborhood community organizations. The main drive for this master plan was to lay out the facilities so that new buildings could be constructed while still occupying the existing buildings and the existing buildings demolished after occupancy of the new buildings. This was especially challenging given a tight 2.2 acre site. New replacement facilities include:

  • a multi-purpose parish hall,
  • bookstore,
  • classrooms,
  • library,
  • meeting rooms,
  • preschool,
  • administrative offices,
  • a larger parking lot and
  • an extensive courtyard.

Organized around the campus courtyard, called the Plateia in Greek, the new Center is a modern facility for an ancient faith.  The Center provides needed space for social, cultural, educational, and religious activities.  A major design requirement was to design the facility in the Byzantine style to reflect the Parish’s proud heritage, legacy, and culture.  Sustainability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance were important design requirements as well.


616 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, CA


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Teichert Woodland Maintenance Facility

Pre-engineered metal building with 6,000 square feet of administrative office and 20,000 square feet of vehicle maintenance space for trucks and earth-moving equipment. The vehicle maintenance portion included high bay bridge cranes, jib cranes, truck wash, maintenance pits, welding room and secured tool storage.


Client: Unger Construction

Solano Irrigation District Corporation Yard

This 57,000 square foot district operations maintenance facility includes a two-story office building, mechanical shop, pump and meter shop, welding shop, hazardous materials shop, and weed control.
The project used a hybrid design-bid-build delivery with bidding to a select list of three pre-selected general contractors and required prevailing wage. The contract was guaranteed maximum price (GMP). Completed in 2011.


1090 Piper Drive, Vacaville, CA

Client: County of Solano

Meyer Warehouse Automated Storage and Retrieval System

This project consists of a second phase 165,750 square foot automated pallet storage and retrieval system facility just under 100 feet tall. It is an alternate means building type due to the rack supported structure and specialized Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) system. The foundation system consisted of an 18 inch thick mat slab with double rebar mats that were placed by GPS locating to avoid the 56,000 bolts that were drilled into the foundation and attached to the racks. The skin consists of insulated metal panels supported from the perimeter racks. The steel roof structure spans between the racks and is covered with insulated metal roofing.

This facility connects to a first phase building previously completed by the same design team that is approximately 340,000 square feet and utilizes a pre-engineered interior structure to achieve 30 feet of clear height. The perimeter walls are composed of concrete tilt-up wall panels that are articulated with detailed reveal patterns and color variety to achieve a pedestrian scale facade in a massive distribution facility.

The building functions as the primary distribution facility for Farberware Cookware, and also provides a small amount of manufacturing functions. The second phase project also utilized a large storm water detention basis and rooftop solar panels.


2001 Meyer Way, Fairfield, CA

Client: Meyer Corporation

General Contractor: Carmichael Construction

State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair

The State of California, Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) building was developed as a turn-key for lease Design/Build office and testing laboratory, as a LEED NC Silver facility. Based upon an extensive multi-tier program, this 105,964 square foot building provides administrative offices, engineering, investigative, and public meeting functions as well as a fully equipped automotive testing laboratory for the State's emissions testing agency. The building incorporates site and pre-cast concrete wall panels, stone veneer elements, and prominent metal panel features to articulate main entrance points.

The facility incorporates full scale perimeter security and CCTV monitoring. The building includes warehouse spaces, laboratory, vehicle storage, and on-site amenities such as outdoor patio/gathering areas and access to adjacent public park areas and regional bicycle paths.


10949 North Mather Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA

Client: Zinfandel Bar, LLC

Gateway Office Building

This 68,654 square foot, two-story office building is not your average tilt-up concrete speculative structure. Clean, contemporary design, and attention to detail contribute to its functionality and aesthetic appeal. The exterior materials palette is rich with varying shades of red thin brick, copper colored storefront, and solar bronze tinted glazing. The building entries are articulated with grand metal panel clad buttresses bisected by strong horizontal canopies beneath which the polished and inviting lobby is revealed through the aluminum and glass curtain wall system. Cast-in architectural reveals and copper duck bill escutcheons are a few of the many details that add visual interest and character to a building framed by casual entry plazas and beautiful landscaping.


2804 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA

Client: Gateway Building, LLC

CJA Office Building

The project consists of a one-story, wood-framed building for our firm. It highlights a number of architectural concepts, both exterior and interior that could serve as opportunities for small owner occupied office buildings. A variety of materials were used on the exterior which break up the massing of the building and organize its functions. Brick pilasters form the main rhythm of the building and tall brick clad walls highlight both the entry and street corner elevations.


10520 Armstrong Avenue, Mather, CA

Arco West Office Building

The Arco West Building is a 111,360 square foot two-story warm shell office building with a fully developed core. The 34' - 8" high tilt-up concrete building features prominent recessed entrances that break up the long East and West elevations. They serve to draw people into the lobby with a clean and contemporary textured concrete wall panel and a cantilevered painted steel canopy above the entry doors. The same wall treatment and protective canopy is repeated on the transverse elevations.

The core building mass extends 8' - 0" above the main building parapet to both mask and incorporate the rooftop mechanical screen into the form. The facade is further articulated with a gridded pattern of "V" reveals and 3" round recesses, and a series of square punched openings with lightly tinted glazing. On either side of the building entries, the concrete panels with canted edges and architectural reveals are visually enhanced with a variety of quality materials and colors. The complementary shades of tinted and spandrel glazing and horizontal rib formliner achieve the goal of breaking up the long walls with texture and color while providing a cohesive whole.


1747 North Market, Sacramento, CA

Client: Buzz Oates Construction

LEED CS Silver Certified in 2012

Unger Construction Company Office Building

This building is the corporate headquarters for Unger Construction Company, a Sacramento based general contractor established in 1926. The existing building formerly housed the LaFiesta Restaurant and Bakery. The front restaurant portion was removed, the bakery/warehouse portion was completely renovated, and new site and off-site frontage improvements were added.

The project design introduces a new two-story mass to the existing simple concrete tilt-up structure. This mass has two distinct design ideas: a corner entry "tower" and punctured wall planes. Both the existing and new building elements utilize an industrial aesthetic as an architecturally unifying concept.

Corner Tower: The corner of 9th and X streets is an important corner for the project, as this is the entry side and natural approach to the site from 9th Street to X Street to the parking lot drive. One of the tower legs vertically slopes at an angle is also utilized in other design elements of the project. The corner tower is clad with 1 1/2" deep ribbed metal paneling with a "Galvalume" (galvanized) finish. Horizontal butt glazed storefront wraps the corner on both floors with the upper floor being supported by an exposed painted red steel floor structure and a round column. A painted yellow metal cantilever trellis with galvanized metal screen panels terminates the top of the tower.


910 X St, Sacramento, CA

Client: Unger Construction Company

Punctured Wall Planes: The cement plaster walls of the addition have solids and voids, deep recessed grid patterned storefront, and horizontal metal awnings. A vertically oriented recessed area, 8" wide, mimics the 8" wide panel joints of the existing structure. The cement plaster is finished smooth with shallow "V" reveals in order to achieve a cast concrete look. The top 3' of the walls are a recessed cornice with a galvanized metal parapet cap. Tying into the trellis, horizontal painted yellow awnings with galvanized screen panels are located above the storefront windows.

The existing tilt-up walls which house the shop have 8" wide accentuated recessed panel joints and 2" wide perimeter steel angle corner embed reinforcement which define the panels as individual sections. This aesthetic is enhanced by painting these areas to match the galvanized (silver/gray) steel elements newly introduced in the two-story addition. The concrete panels are painted.

Sacramento County Office of Education

This new 74,000 square foot, two-story County Office of Education Headquarters building has been recognized for innovation and design. The project incorporated design and program elements including: Executive and Administrative office spaces, Board Room used for public hearings, Video Production Studio, Education and Training rooms, energy efficient design features, contemporary design elements and innovative uses of integrated precast concrete panels and storefront systems.

Architectural Achievement Design Award from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.


10474 Mather Blvd, Mather, CA

Client: McCuen Properties

American Red Cross & United Way Headquarters


Folsom Boulevard and Watt Avenue, Sacramento, CA  

Client/Owner: United Way / American Red Cross / Buzz Oates Enterprises

These two-story buildings were "turnkey" projects by the developer who provided the design, construction and financing for both. Upon completion, the developer delivered the title to United Way and the American Red Cross with a 20-year payment schedule. Both buildings are wood framed with tile exteriors and are at an accessible and prominent Sacramento location. 

Catta Verdera Country Club

The 30,000 square foot Santa Barbara mission style structure provides a spectacular setting for family, social and business occasions. Surrounded by shady verandas and open decks, courtyards and fountains, the Catta Verdera Clubhouse is home to breathtaking views of the golf course, verdant oaks, and spectacular sunsets.

The facility included a formal dining room, Madalena's, a casual members' bar & grill; Quixote's, a 200-seat special events room; Casa Alegria, a full-service golf shop; meeting facilities, massage rooms and locker rooms. Additional buildings included an "on the course restaurant" Stables Grill, as well as an exclusive members only lounge.


1111 Catta Verdera Drive, Lincoln, California

Client: Catta Verdera 

Brookfield School

Brookfield school is a private Kindergarten through 8th Grade campus serving approximately 150 students on a 5 acre campus. This 6,500 s.f. addition to the campus of the Brookfield School in Sacramento is a free-standing multipurpose building with gymnasium and stage.  It is sited on the property in the central yard of the school and placed at an angle to preserve heritage trees on site.


6115 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, California

Client: Brookfield School

St. Patrick Academy

St. Patrick Academy is a K-8 school operated by the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.  CJA’s numerous projects at St. Patrick over the years varied from classroom upgrades, including the creation of new Computer, Science lab, Music, Dance and Art rooms,  to cafeteria and kitchen redesign, site accessibility upgrades and the addition of 5 modular classrooms at the rear of the school.  

A lot of the work done here was designed with a light hand to preserve the beauty of the original brick buildings built in 1932 as an orphanage and convent.  Much of the initial work was completed in 2010 to prepare the school to receive students from other inner-city schools that were scheduled to close


5945 Franklin Blvd, Sacrametno, California

Client: Catholic Diocese of Sacramento

Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church Addition

In recognizing the importance of Youth & Children’s Ministry, the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church has recently launched its G2G building campaign. Generation 2 Generation (G2G) is about replacing dilapidated portables and outdated classrooms with a more modern facility to help youth and children build a stronger relationship with our Lord and Savior.

The new facility is a 40,000 square foot two-story building located behind existing Church Facilities. The ground floor is dedicated to Children’s Ministry with pre-school classrooms, elementary school classrooms, assembly spaces and Administrative support. The second floor holds two large assembly spaces; one for Jr High Ministry and the other for Sr High Ministry. In addition to the assembly spaces, the FOPC has consolidated all Administration Functions into a suite on the second floor to better serve the Church Community. A large courtyard links the existing facilities into a comprehensive whole providing a children’s play area, and large outdoor gathering spaces for services and events.


11427 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Fair Oaks, California

Client: Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church

UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain

The Center for Mind and Brain is a 23,000 square foot dynamic research and training facility dedicated to understanding the nature of the human mind. Established by the University of California at Davis, the Center boasts the use of cutting edge neurological testing equipment and provides large open labs, acoustically isolated behavior testing rooms and a training room with extensive AV amenities in which various studies and seminars are conducted. W

hen entering the space, visitors are welcomed to a "cafe" setting, a friendly and inviting environment featuring lounge seating, bistro tables and chairs. The kitchen area is enhanced using various architectural materials such as carpet, ceramic and glass tile insets, and glass block. A warm color scheme with bold accents is complementary and flows throughout the space.


267 Cousteau Place, Davis, California

Client: UC Davis / Buzz Oates Construction

UC Davis Outpatient Medical Clinic

The facility is part of the UC Davis Primary Care Network. The 18,400 square foot building replaced a clinic located in a multi-tenant office building. The clinic serves patients in the Rancho Cordova, Capital Village, Rosemont & Gold River areas. The building is located in a planned development retail center. As such, the architecture had to echo the style of the existing buildings within the center.

The clinic houses 32 exam rooms, procedure rooms, blood lab, x-ray suite, offices for 14 physicians, nurses stations for 12 nurses & office space for 20 additional staff. Finding the balance between the critical caregivers areas and the patient and family zones, was a main element in the design of this suburban Medical Clinic.

Soothing colors and space defining floor patterns flow outward from the active core open nursing stations, and into the patient rooms and waiting areas, providing a happy, uplifting environment for healing. The refreshing but calming neutral palette serves as a canvas for all the colors in the space; the blues, the greens, and the brown tones reflect the positive energy.


3201 Data Drive, Rancho Cordova, California

Client: Merlone Geier Partners

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services Education Center

Designed to accommodate the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services’ evolving program offerings, this 22,000 square foot Education and Technology Center was designed to accommodate maximum flexibility including 11 classrooms and multipurpose rooms with operable partitions.

The style of the building takes cues from the surrounding historic neighborhood as it sits next to the SFBFS headquarters in the heart of the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento. While traditional in form, the building utilizes contemporary materials to provide an affordable, sustainable and lasting structure.


3308 3d Avenue, Sacramento, CA

Sacramento County Office of Environmental Management

This new two-story, 36,770 square foot administrative office facility includes a full plan review inspection and public counter spaces. It also serves as the Department Executive Branch, Administration, and Engineering Division Headquarters for all functions of the Environmental Health Division for Sacramento County.

Sustainable design features include:

  • High performance building envelope and operating systems
  • On-site shower and locker facilities
  • Low impact landscaping and water usage plumbing fixtures
  • Optimal building orientation and internal configuration to maximize natural day lighting.

10590 Armstrong Avenue, Mather, CA 

Client: McCuen Properties

Bayside Covenant Church

This church complex is comprised of three two-story structures; the larger is a multipurpose/sanctuary building, the second is an assembly/meeting room building, and the third houses a preschool and religious education rooms.

All three buildings serve a growing congregation of 5,000 plus in the East Roseville and Granite Bay neighborhoods. Meticulously programmed, planned, and designed for an extensive period, construction began in 2002 and completed in 2003. The buildings are constructed of splitface and precision CMU with defining/emphasis wall of "Silverado" Cultured Stone.


8191 Sierra College Boulevard, Granite Bay, California

Client: Bayside Covenant Church