The Google Store – LEED Platinum Retail

Market: Commercial
Type: Retail
Location: New York, NY
Owner: Google
Architect: REDDYMADE Architecture + Design
MEP: Rosini Engineering
Contractor: Michilli Construction + Consulting
Certification: LEED v4/v4.1 CI-Retail—ID+C
Platinum Certified

Project Background:

Google has opened its first ever retail store location in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan to showcase the product and services offerings in Google’s wide portfolio, and how they would work in different home environments. The goal of the space is to encourage discovery and curiosity, and make visitors and customers feel at home. To highlight their commitment to sustainability, the Google Store has become one of few global retail projects that have achieved a Platinum certification under the LEED v4/v4.1ID+C rating system, achieving 86 points. The space is designed for flexibility and adaptability, allowing for multiple life cycles, evolution, and reduced lifecycle impacts.

Project Services:

SWA provided Sustainability Consulting, LEED Program Management and Certification support, Energy Modeling and Analytics, Fundamental, Enhanced & Monitoring-based Commissioning, and Accessibility Consulting services. SWA’s Accessibility Team worked with the design team to ensure that the accessible design and construction requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York City Building Code were met. Accessibility requirements were seamlessly incorporated into the design of the store creating an accessible high tech environment that welcomes everyone.

Primary Sustainability Features:

  • 50% reduction in indoor water & waste water
  • Improved Energy Performance (14% energy cost savings)
  • 70% diversion of construction waste from landfill
  • On-going, monitoring-based Commissioning (MBcx)
  • Enhanced indoor air quality (low-emitting materials, flush-out, air monitoring) + thermal comfort
  • Use of responsibly produced construction materials (high-recycled content, extended producer responsibility, bio-based materials)
  • Healthy/safe interior materials (3rd-party certified low VOC, low emissions finishes + products with Health Product Declarations, Red List-Free products)


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