Four inspiring adaptive reuse projects at Google buildings

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237 Moffett Park Drive: a legacy of innovation in Sunnyvale

237 Moffett Park Drive (237 MPD) dates back to the 1960s, when it was home to one of the first-ever mainframe and supercomputer firms. Now it’s a workplace that’s embraced a different kind of innovation. It earned the mantle of the largest renovation project ever certified by ILFI in the world, showing what’s possible with recycled materials.

“Reuse was a guiding design principle for 237 MPD — from the building systems in the walls, to art made with salvaged materials, to interior doors hewn from oak trees salvaged from recent wildfires,” Michiel says. During construction, the project team also diverted 3,400 tons of waste (or 91% of total waste generated) from landfills by repurposing materials for other uses.

Being smart with material choices has allowed 237 MPD to make additional carbon savings on its foundation retrofit. The project team opted for lower-carbon steel and concrete where new materials were needed, reducing embodied carbon by 20% compared to equivalent renovation projects, according to a recent Living Building Challenge analysis.

“Our adaptive reuse projects are really a reflection of our values around community and sustainability,” says Michiel. “We always want to be good stewards of the places where we operate, just as we strive to protect the environment and the planet. Those two things go hand in hand.”

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