Packard Foundation shows off green HQ
The new The David and Lucile Packard Foundation headquarters in Los Altos was built to meet net-zero energy requirements. Visit the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal to see a gallery of building images.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation opened its new headquarters to the press last week, showing off green features that it says demonstrate its commitment to helping lead the way on environment.
The two-story, 49,000-square-foot building in downtown Los Altos cost the foundation more than $37 million and will eventually be the home offices of about 110 staff members who have been working at locations spread around the city.
Built as much as possible with reclaimed materials, the Packard Foundation estimates that the new headquarters will result in a 40 percent reduction in water use by staff and a 25 percent reduction in their carbon footprint.
It is designed to be "net-zero" on energy consumption, actually giving back more than it consumes through the use of solar panels. It also has a rainwater-fed water system that uses a pair of 10,000-gallon tanks for its landscaping and toilet needs.
The $6 billion foundation has operated in Los Altos since it was founded in the Packard family home in 1964. This is its third headquarters since then but it doesn't look like it will be needing another for quite some time.
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