Why LEED v4
For Phase 1 of their new Kitchener office, Google has acheived LEED v4 CI Silver certification. Google has a passion for creating healthy and productive work environments that inspire and energize their employees. Many credits in LEED v4 value material health and transparency, so the new rating system was a logical choice. It also provides an opportunity to show leadership in the market while learning lessons for future projects once LEED v4 becomes mandatory.
About the project
The 100,000 sq. ft. office space is located in the Breithaupt Block, a redeveloped historic building in the warehouse district of downtown Kitchener. The building is close to various transit opportunities and bicycle paths in a dense and well-developed business area, minimizing the impacts of vehicle use.
Healthy materials are a number one priority for Google, and every material went through a stringent, industry-leading selection process with the goal of eliminating the presence of toxicants in the space. Google further promotes well-being through initiatives like their green cleaning program, health and nutrition programs and a full service managed gym facility complete with climbing wall for occupants.
Comprehensive sub-metering will be used to understand building energy use and uncover opportunities for future improvements. Water efficient fixtures are always important to Google, and this project went a step further to engage the landlord and reduce the flush volumes of the building's toilets and urinals.
Google's pursuit of LEED v4 is supported by:
- WSP Canada (LEED consultant)
- Cushman & Wakefield (project manager)
- B+H Architects (interior designer)
- Smith + Andersen (mechanical designer)
- Mulvey & Banani (electrical designer)
- S.G. Cunningham (construction manager)
- JLL (commissioning agent)
- Van Velzen + Radchenko (kitchen consultant)
- Swallow Acoustic (acoustics consultant)