LEED Consultant and Energy Modeling: Ben Campbell, WSP Canada
Project Manager: Jody Russelle, Cushman & Wakefield
Interior Designer: Deanna Hayko, iN STUDIO
Mechanical Designer: Stephen McDermid and Arman Rasekh, Smith + Andersen
Electrical Designer: Kevin Pattison, Mulvey & Banani
Lighting Designer: Rhomney Forbes-Gray and Jesse Blonstein, Lightbrigade
Construction Manager: Perry Cash, S.G. Cunningham
Commissioning Agent: Chris Parfitt, JLL
Kitchen Consultant: Tony Resendes, Van Velzen + Radchenko
Acoustics Consultant: Michael Wesolowsky and Jeremy Thorbahn, Swallow Acoustic / Thornton Tomasetti
CaGBC members involved with this project: WSP Canada, Cushman & Wakefield, Smith + Andersen, Mulvey & Banani, and Swallow Acoustic / Thornton Tomasetti.
Phase 2 of Google HQ in Waterloo achieves LEED v4 Interior Design and Construction Gold certification
We are excited to announce that Google’s Phase 2 office, which is located in downtown Kitchener, Waterloo has achieved LEED v4 Interior Design and Construction Gold certification this month, April 2019. The 50,000 sq.ft. project is part of the Google Waterloo headquarters in the beautifully restored Breithaupt Block building (which achieved LEED Canada Core and Shell 2009 certification) and is now home to over 350 engineers.
Google ensured the space was designed according to their own expanded set of sustainability criteria, known as the Google Project Requirements. These have inspired innovative features such as biophilic design elements that connect occupants to nature, and a superior acoustic environment. The building is also 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. LEED credits for EPDs and Material Ingredients were achieved by creating a collaborative material selection process between the interior designer, construction manager and sustainability consultant. Google further promotes well-being through initiatives like their green cleaning program, health and nutrition programs and fitness space.
LEED v4.1 used to meet acoustic requirements
An acoustic consultant was hired to help deliver an effective acoustic design that supports occupant’s well-being, productivity and communication. Google took advantage of the broader flexibility offered in LEED v4.1 to substitute v4.1 credits where the updated requirements simplified credit achievement. The acoustic consultant chose to adopt LEED v4.1 for EQc Acoustic Performance, which lowered sound transmission ratings for several room types.