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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Los Altos, California
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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.

Client
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Size
49,000 SF
Awards
2013 Green Building with Wood Design Award - WoodWorks

2013 Honor Award: Sustainability - AIA California Council

2015 Merit Award: Architecture - AIA San Francisco
2015 AIA Top Ten Green Building
Certifications
2012 Best Green Project - ENR California

2012 Best Green Project - Structures Awards, San Jose Business Journal

2013 LEED Platinum US Green Building Council

2013 Net Zero Energy Building - International Living Future Institute

2014 Top Ten Green Building - AIA Committee on the Environment
Energy Use Intensity
Predicted: N/A
Measured: 0 kbtu/sf/yr
Scope
Architecture
Interior Design