Citizen Hotel

Project Info


Rubicon Partners, Inc.
3300 Douglas Blvd., Suite 369
Roseville, CA 95661
Kipp Blewett (916) 787-5623


Vitae Architecture, Planning & Interiors
640 2nd Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107
Brendon Koon (415) 356-6400

General Contractor

Wentz Group
555 Twin Dolphin Dr., Suite 160 Redwood Shores, CA 94065
Brad Wentz (650) 952-3950

Electrical Engineer

Schetter Electric, Inc.
471 Bannon Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Brian Shiles (916) 446-2521



Building Size

135,000 SQ FT

Project Type

Design Build

Date Contract Secured

LEED Qualification


Project Description

The Citizen Hotel, located in downtown Sacramento, is a 14 story boutique hotel that was originally constructed in the 1926 as the Cal Western Life office building. The hotel was designed as step back into the past with custom touches throughout. The project occupied 135,000 square feet with 197 guest rooms, a full kitchen to service the hotel, and a two-story restaurant containing a show kitchen.
This Design-Build project was completed under a tight schedule from concept to permit, spanning approximately 6 months. The construction phase was scheduled to take 20 months but was reduced to 15 months.
The project included a 2,500 amp bus duct that feed electrical closets on each floor. The electrical closets were arranged to allow a minimal amount of space be occupied, allowing the existing conditions of the building be capitalized on. The project utilized a 30kVA lighting inverter to power all of the emergency lights in the building in lieu of an emergency generator. To provide adequate service to the building SEI coordinated with SMUD to install a new SMUD vault in the hotel’s basement, minimizing traffic congestion while installing the new feeders.