Photo By: ELLIE VAN HOUTTE/TOWN CRIER
Guests experience the Packard Foundation’s new courtyard.
More than a year of community curiosity found satisfaction Friday, as numerous Los Altos residents got a first sneak peek inside the new David and Lucile Packard Foundation headquarters at 343 Second St.
The foundation hosted 15-minute tours of the new 49,000-square-foot structure, which took 18 months to complete and was sustainably built for net-zero energy consumption and to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification standards.
The building, nestled at the corner of Whitney and Second streets, features a dizzying array of features, including day-lit offices, a fresh air circulation system, a shading system that automatically adjusts to the position of sunlight and a rainwater collection system that will allow the foundation to reduce its water use by 40 percent.
Approximately 95 percent of the materials from old buildings on the site were reused or recycled during construction of the new two-story building. In addition, locally-sourced wood (within 500 miles) was used for the foundation building’s woodwork and furniture, while 90 percent of its landscaping consists of local, native plants.
Other features include the courtyard’s stonework, which was designed to mimic the San Andreas fault and a living roof containing plant life with a “central coast” feel.
Foundation employees are slated to move into their new headquarters July 9.