The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, California, USA

A forward-thinking organization leading by example

The new office building for The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was designed to serve as a catalyst for broader organizational sustainability initiatives by achieving net zero energy use and LEED Platinum certification. This effort began right from the outset with deconstruction. The 1.5-acre site, set among 1960’s era buildings, was cleared in a way that maximized landfill diversion. In fact, 95% of construction waste was successfully recycled or salvaged, which earned the project the maximum LEED Points for Construction Waste Management.

The design includes two slender daylit office wings flanking a beautifully landscaped courtyard. The regional architectural language and material selection brings local poignancy to a replicable prototype. Rainwater is collected for toilet flushing and irrigation, and stormwater is retained on-site. Inside, meeting rooms are outfitted for remote collaboration, promising dramatic reductions in travel-related carbon emissions. Additionally, a transportation demand management plan helped eliminate the need for an $8 million underground parking garage, further reducing the organization’s carbon footprint.

Through integrated building design and aggressive reductions in plug loads, the building’s energy use will be reduced by 65%. In addition, innovative use of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels will offset any energy used, resulting in a net zero energy building – and an organization that’s leading the world by example.



Size : 49,000 sq. ft.

2015 Merit Award: Architecture


2014 Top Ten Green Building

AIA/Committee on the Environment

2013 Net Zero Energy Building

International Living Future Institute

2013 LEED Platinum

U.S. Green Building Council

2013 Honor Award: Sustainability

AIA California Council

2013 Green Building with Wood Design Award


2012 Best Green Project

Structures Awards, San Jose Business Journal

2012 Best Green Project

ENR California




San Francisco

500 Treat Ave #201
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 285-9193