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Mitchell Park Center Library and Community Center
3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

The City of Palo Alto’s clear vision of its sustainable community future is celebrated in the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, a new destination for civic, cultural, educational, social, and recreational experiences for all ages. The project advances all of the community’s principles of sustainability:

  • Social equity – The Center facilitates an innovative new service and operations model that leverages partnerships to enhance quality of life for the whole community.
  • Economy – The Center embodies the community’s entrepreneurial spirit, providing inspiring and technology-rich spaces in which users can collaborate, work, learn, share, and discover.
  • Environment – The project not only incorporates, but also strives to educate the community about strategies to conserve resources, protect ecosystems, and enhance the human experience.
Hundreds participated in the design process, ensuring that the architecture both builds on the community’s shared history, and advances its vision of a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable future.

The new center targets LEED Platinum certification. See the City's website for more information on target LEED credits and sustainable design strategies.

Click here for video of the grand opening in December 2014.

Award of Excellence - California Park & Recreation Society

Photos by Cesar Rubio