The Teaching Center, located west of the main quad, was built by project architect James Ingo Freed and landscape architect Laurie Olin in 1999. The Teaching Center, along with the Packard Building, Sequoia Hall, and Varian Physics Labs, were all built as a part of a project to create a new Science and Engineering Quad.
The project was funded primarily by Hewlett and Packard, who donated $77.4 million dollars in 1994. The Teaching Center, also referenced by the acronym TCSEQ, is also known as Hewlett. It houses two large auditoriums and teaching halls, often used for teaching introductory courses in the sciences, or for lecture series.