The groundbreaking ceremony for Google’s new Boulder, Colorado, campus took place yesterday, marking the start of construction for one of the tech company’s largest campuses. Thornton Tomasetti is the engineer of record, working with Tryba Architects, for phase one of Pearl Place – Google Boulder Campus, which consists of two interconnected buildings totaling 200,000 square feet. Located on a 4.29-acre redevelopment at the intersection of 30th and Pearl streets, the class A core and shell build-to-suit complex will enable Google to increase its Boulder workforce from 340 to nearly 1,500 employees. The four-story, post-tensioned concrete structures will feature low floor-to-floor heights to stay within the city’s height restrictions, outdoor and indoor event space and two and a half levels of underground parking with 620 spaces. The project includes a public area with an integrated bike path, and the conversion of a ditch into a flood-control zone. Roof setbacks for outdoor terraces on the fourth floor required shallow post-tensioned transfer beams, which were notched to allow for mechanical ductwork. Phase two will add an additional 130,000-square-foot office building. Construction on phase one is expected to take 18 months. Mark Upton is the project manager and Stan Welton the project principal. LEED Gold certification is planned for the complex.
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