2012 Award of Merit
Google Boulder Phase 2
Google's Boulder, Colo., office features several unique-to-Colorado spaces. The full-size commercial kitchen serves an employee café and gathering area that mimics the area's famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, a 7,800-linear-ft mountaineering rope structure encloses a "huddle room" and a 1970s Volkswagen bus functions as a company conference room.
The project team was charged with creating this unusual corporate environment inside a former big-box retail building in the heart of downtown Boulder. Green features include natural light harvesting through Solatubes, energy-recovery HVAC units and improved indoor environmental quality from low-VOC-emitting materials.
Owner: Google Inc., Boulder, Colo.
Architect: RNL, Denver
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders, Denver and San Francisco
MEP Engineer: MKK, Greenwood Village, Colo.
Entry submitted by Swinerton Builders