The new City College of San Francisco (CCSF) campus – located where Chinatown and North Beach intersect – may appear, at first glance, to have little in common with the new David and Lucile Packard Foundation headquarters, other than their “under construction” status. The 14-story “vertical campus” is located in a vibrant, urban setting, while the new building for one of the world’s major foundations features two-story narrow office wings flanking a landscaped courtyard, a form sympathetic to its Los Altos surroundings. At 153,000 square feet, the CCSF high-rise is nearly thrice the size of the Packard headquarters which is 49,000 square feet.
But on closer inspection, commonalities emerge. Both projects demonstrate a deftness in designing contextually. Further, each project physically manifests its organization’s mission. For Packard, conservation was a driver, and its new headquarters – already LEED Platinum registered – will be the largest net-zero energy building in California. “It was important for (the client) to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. With this building, we are showing what’s possible when a client’s vision, thoughtful design and innovation meet,” says Brad Jacobson, EHDD project manager.
For CCSF, the design of its new campus – open, dynamic and transparent – reflects its mission of civic responsibility. Ambitious sustainability goals – the campus is slated for LEED Gold certification – enabled strong public support. “Appropriateness – for the client, users and site – is a hallmark of an EHDD building,” notes Jennifer Devlin, principal in charge for the CCSF project. “We also design with longevity in mind. Both these projects will impact the present, and hopefully, influence the future.”