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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

343 2nd St, Los Altos, CA 94022, USA
About The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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.

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    Interior Design, Architecture

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Project Details

Project Type

New Build



Square Footage

49,000 SF


LEED Platinum

Construction Status