<img src="http://www.se-core-pipe.com/52149.png" style="display:none;" />

Google's new green HQ gets go-ahead

 
March 14, 2017

Google's new Charleston East HQ is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Photo courtesy of Google

After being unveiled in 2015, running into trouble and requiring a redesign, Google's new headquarters has been given the green light by Mountain View, Calif., city planners. The project is due to start construction later this year, according to New Atlas.

Charleston East, expected to be completed by the end of 2019, will be the first time Google has commissioned a headquarters from scratch rather than occupy an existing building. The company has designed the facility with a focus on openness and energy-efficiency.

The main building of the campus is topped by an unusual canopy roof and will reach a maximum height of 110 feet. Inside, it will include 595,000 square feet of office space, plus more than 10,000 square feet of retail space, cafes and public amenities.

While other tech firms, including Apple, restrict the public to a visitor's center, Google's campus will be open. It will allow members of the public to walk directly through the center of the main building and check out coding workshops, talks on sustainable technology, VR demos and the like.

Ample glazing will ensure that the upper floor shouldn't need any electric lights on during the day, while all stormwater and rainwater will be stored in 721,000 gallon basement cisterns before being recycled and reused.

The unusual canopy roof will be completely covered in solar panels, producing an estimated 40 percent of required electricity. Google says it is working to develop new panels that are lighter, more bird-safe and mitigate glare.

All glass will be patterned to increase the safety of the local bird population, too, and existing imported trees will be replaced with water-efficient local species. The 18-acre site will also include bicycle and walking paths. Google is pushing two-wheeled transport, and the best parking access will be reserved for cyclists (and bus passengers), with car users required to walk further to get into the office.

Charleston East is slated for LEED platinum, the green building standard's highest rating, and a Google representative said construction is due to begin this summer.

 


Topics: Architectural Firms, Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Energy Saving Products, Energy Storage - Solar Energy Storage, Engineering Firms, Exteriors, Office Buildings, Solar Energy & Solar Power, Sustainable Communities, Technology


Sponsored Links:


Related Content


Latest Content

Get the latest news & insights


NEWS

RESOURCES

TRENDING

FEATURES

RESEARCH CENTERS


Agricultural and Farm Buildings
Architectural Firms
Automation and Controls
Building Owners and Managers
Certifications
Construction Firms
Data Centers - Mission Critical Information Centers
Daylighting / Skylights / Natural Lighting
DC Power & DC Applications
Educational Buildings - Colleges and Universities
Educational Buildings - K through 12
Electricity - Electrical and Energy Solutions
Energy Audit / Energy Management
Energy Recovery & Heat Recovery Ventilation
Energy Saving Products
Engineering Firms
Exteriors
Flooring
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Government Buildings - Federal / State / Local
Great Commercial Buildings
Green Roofs / Garden Roofs
Healthcare - Hospitals & Medical Facilities
Healthy & Comfortable Buildings
Highrise Residential
Hospitality
HVAC - Heating & Cooling & Ventilation
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Industrial and Manufacturing Buildings
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
Insulation
Interior Design
Interiors
Internet of Things
Landscaping Architecture - Design & Maintenance
Lighting - Energy Efficient Lighting
Maintenance
Metal Roofs and Walls
Military Buildings
Mixed Use Communities/Developments & Buildings
Moisture and Vapor Management
Multifamily / Multiunit Residential
Office Buildings
Paint - Low & No VOC
Passive House / Passivhaus
Plumbing
Radiant Heat - Electrical & Hydronic
Renovation / Restoration / Remodeling
Restaurants
Retail
Roofing
Senior Living
Solar Energy & Solar Power
Structured Insulated Panels (SIPS)
Student Housing
Sustainable Trends and Statistics
Tankless Water Heaters
Thermal Envelope - Building Envelope
USGBC
Ventilation
Wall Systems / Curtain Walls
Wastewater Management / Wastewater Treatment
Water and Moisture Management - Waterproofing
Water Heating Strategies - Energy Efficient Water Heating / Heaters and Boilers
Water Quality / Fresh & Clean & Healthy Water / Water Filtration
Water Saving Strategies and Devices
Windows - Glass and Glazing Strategies and Systems
Wind Power