Designing Into the Natural Landscape
The design of the first phase of Google’s Boulder campus intends to integrate into the natural landscape and fit within the urban context. The 4.29-acre campus bisects a natural waterway with two connected buildings featuring expanses of glass to interact with the surroundings. The site links with local bike paths.
- Phase one enables Google to increase its Boulder workforce from 340 to nearly 1,500 employees. It consists of 200,000 square feet of Class-A core and shell build-to-suit office space. Phase two calls for an additional 130,000-square-foot office building.
- The four-story, post-tensioned concrete structures feature low floor-to-floor heights to stay within the city’s height restrictions.
- The campus includes a 12,000-square-foot cafeteria with a full kitchen, an 8,000-square-foot fitness room with showers and lockers, a 4,000-square-foot assembly area for “Tech Talk” programs.
- Below-grade parking conceals space for 620 cars.
- The campus is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.