Palo Alto Weekly to hold open house Sunday

Public invited to tour new building on Cambridge Avenue

The public is invited to tour the Palo Alto Weekly's new three-story building at 450 Cambridge Ave. and enjoy refreshments at an open house Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Weekly's 10,000-square-foot headquarters building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, realizing a dream hatched more than four years ago to build Palo Alto's first such facility and to be a model for future commercial "green" development.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation's pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The Weekly achieved the Gold-level certification due to green design and construction features that substantially reduced energy and water use, utilized local and sustainable building materials and provided amenities for employees that make for a healthier and more comfortable work environment.

"We wanted to use this project as an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and to create a building that will be healthy and comfortable for our employees, as well as a model for future developers," said Bill Johnson, Weekly publisher and president of Embarcadero Media, the company he formed in 1979 to start the paper.

The Weekly's open house coincides with "To Life," a Jewish cultural street festival taking place that day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on California Avenue.

Palo Alto Weekly Open House

What: Free tour of the Weekly's LEED Gold building, with refreshments

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday (Oct. 10)

Where: 450 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto

— Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by Joyce
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for the invitation to tour your facility. Elementary and middle school age kids would love to see "Behind the scene" tour of a news paper company.

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Posted by Barbara Bailey Slone
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Oct 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Yes, I agree about children being intrigued by a tour of a newspaper company; however, I have to wonder how different the tour tomorrow will be from my tour in elementary school. The local town newspaper was called the Palo Alto Times and their building was on Lytton Ave. in downtown PA. I remember watching the typesetters putting all of the little letters together to get the print set for publication. I was in total awe when they took us in to watch the printing presses rolling the day's newspapers into print form. WOW! Magic! My buddies and I thought that was really cool! (well, actually the word Cool hadn't been invented yet except as a descriptive term for the temperature). This is all making me feel very old indeed! In any case, I am curious as to whether the papers are printed on the Cambridge premises or if they roll off the presses elsewhere. Guess I will have to do the tour to find out. Thanks for the invite! I am looking forward to this.

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