Google Office: Phase 2

25 Breithaupt, Floors 3 to 5 ‐ Kitchener ON

Project Team

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

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.




Project achieved 15% energy cost reduction

The project achieved 15% energy cost reduction compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2010. This achievement was driven in large part by efficient lighting and controls, and Google received an incentive from the utility provider as a result.


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.

—   Steven Woods, Director of Engineering for Google Waterloo.



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Certification Level:
Rating System:
LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors Version 4
Total Points earned:
Integrative Process:
2 out of 2
Location & Transportation:
18 out of 18
Water Efficiency:
4 out of 12
Energy & Atmosphere:
24 out of 38
Materials & Resources:
5 out of 13
Indoor Environmental Quality:
7 out of 17
5 out of 6
Regional Priority Credits:
3 out of 4