The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Los Altos, California

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.


David and Lucile Packard Foundation


49,000 sf


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


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


David Duncan Livingston, Jeremy Bittermann


Interior Design