San Francisco—The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s new homebase brings into alignment their long-standing work in conservation and science with their physical facilities, while serving as a catalyst for the organization’s broader sustainable initiatives.
Situated in Los Altos—a tree-lined community in the peninsula corridor connecting San Francisco to Silicon Valley—the building is powerfully symbolic of the Foundation’s commitment to the town that they have called home for more than 45 years and to their ambitious sustainability goals.
The path to sustainability started with the deconstruction of the 1.5-acre site that successfully recycled or salvaged 95% of construction waste. Taking advantage of the region’s mild climate, the building design includes two slender, day lit offi ce wings enclosing a beautifully landscaped courtyard. “The building is very specific to the Foundation and takes full advantage of the site, but we’ve also created a new kind of workplace with broad appeal,” notes design principal, Marc L’Italien, FAIA, LEED® AP BD+C.
The building—designed for net-zero energy consumption—is an essential step in the Foundation’s effort to meet the carbon emissions targets established by California’s groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). Energy use is reduced by 65% through superb daylighting, a tight building envelope, and effi cient heating and cooling systems. EHDD will conduct a post-occupancy study over the next 12 months to ensure that the net-zero goal is achieved as well as survey and address user satisfaction. EHDD worked with the Foundation to leverage the project to cut emissions beyond the building as well in areas such as car commuting, business travel, and offi ce equipment efficiency.
“Through this project we’ve identified a suite of replicable sustainability strategies poised to transform the building marketplace over the next decade,” says project manager Brad Jacobson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. “We’re honored to have been commissioned by an organization that’s leading the world by example,” adds Mr. Jacobson.