Town Center: A Model of Green Building

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Community Hall at TwilightIn addition to its organic design aesthetic that emphasizes blending into the surrounding landscape, Portola Valley's Town Center was also designed and built with sustainability and environmental sensibilities. It has been the recipient of numerous design awards, and the subject of many articles relating to sustainability and green building (see below).

In August 2008, Councilmember Ted Driscoll compiled a Town Center Green List to summarize the highlights of the Town's sustainable design and building approach.

If you would like to schedule a tour of Town Center, please contact Brandi de Garmeaux at (650) 851-1700 ext. 222.


In November 2009, the Town Center received the highest recognition for achievement by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is one of only a handful of municipal projects in the nation to have won Platinum certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards of the USGBC.

Additional awards received are:

  • Acterra Award for Sustainability, Sustainable Built Environment
  • AIA California Council (AIACC) Merit Award for Architecture
  • AIA California Council (AIACC) Savings by Design Honor Award
  • AIA East Bay, Design Award, Citation for Architecture
  • AIA San Francisco, Merit Award for Energy & Sustainability
  • Environmental Design + Construction, Excellence in Design Award, Government Category, Finalist
  • Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, Sustainable Design
  • Sustainable San Mateo County Green Building, Commercial Category
  • Top Ten Green Projects Award, National AIA Committee on the Environment
  • Woodworks, California Wood Design, Green Building

Press Coverage or Articles