The David and Lucile Packard Foundation broke ground this morning on a brand-new headquarters building that will pull its local and worldwide grant-making operations into one hyper-green, energy-efficient building.
Dozens of friends, Packard family members, staff and board members joined local civic leaders and town officials for brief comments, a formal three-shovel groundbreaking and a star shoveling performance by Jackson Orr, great grandson of David and Lucile (see video at ...)
The new building will be a two-story, 49,000-square-foot structure at 343 Second St., between Main Street and San Antonio Road in downtown Los Altos. It is designed to be fully self-contained in terms of power usage, water conservation, heating and cooling. It is aiming for a platinum rating from the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) international rating program.
"Our goals with this project are to better accomodate our operations and bring them into closer alignment with the conservation goals of our founders and Trustees," the foundation website says.
The new building, designed by San Francisco-based EHDD Architecture, is designed to maximize natural light from outside -- just as the original HP building in Palo Alto used a saw-tooth roof design to capture north light from roof-top windows. Solar panels on the roof will generate electricity.
Rainwater will be captured and used for irrigating plants and flushing toilets, and all storm runoff will be retained on site.
The building's environmental features will be complemented by transportation-reduction program that will eliminate the need for underground parking, according to EHDD.
The Packard Foundation, founded in 1964, is located just across Second Street from the site of the new building, set off by a colorful canvas-on-chain link fence.
In recent years, the foundation's growth has resulted in its staff having to occupy from three to seven separate sites in the community.
Unifying the staff in one building will help with planning and efficiency for the next 20 or so years, foundation officials said.