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Best of Greenbuild Webcast: Past the Green Wall: Googles Pittsburgh’s Biophilic Workplace

  • July 19, 2017
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • At Your Desk via GoToWebinar OR In Person (Auld & White Constructors 4168 Southpoint Parkway Suite #101 Jacksonville, Florida 32216)


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  • At Your Desk via GoToWebinar (watch for email from this registration as there is one more step after to get your GTW access)
  • In Person: Auld & White Constructors 4168 Southpoint Parkway Suite #101 Jacksonville, Florida 32216


The status quo in workplace design leaves most occupants disconnected from nature. An early movement towards biophilic design is happening, but many early adopters have not gone much further than a signature "green wall" in their incorporation of biophilia. Google's Real Estate & Workplace Services (REWS) Team is challenged to create amazing work environments that inspire and energize Googlers to be at their best every day. In support of this mission, the REWS team created Google's Biophilic Design Framework. This new framework was piloted in Google's new "Bakery Square 2.0" expansion in Pittsburgh, which is targeting certification under LEED v4 ID+C.

This session will also detail how and why ethnography, workplace strategy, and workshops were leveraged to understand the organization's culture and workspace needs. The presenters will illustrate some of the findings and how analytics were performed to support the design strategies.

The presenters will demonstrate examples of the elements of biophilia that were incorporated into the design that went far beyond "the green wall." In closing, a discussion of "what's next" will describe how feedback and post-occupancy evaluations will affect the use and fine tuning of the space.


  1. Identify resources, team structures, and process that result in greater level of biophilic integration.
  2. Document the structural requirements necessary for using biophilic design as an innovation credit (v4 ID+C IN: Innovation)
  3. Communicate how biophilic principles such as alliesthesia, thermal/airflow variability, and dynamic daylighting supports the intent of LEED's Indoor Environmental Quality Credits to increase occupant thermal comfort, health and well being. (v4 ID+C EQ: Thermal Comfort, Daylighting, Interior Lighting).
  4. Identify opportunities and challenges that result from incorporating biophilic principles into material selection. (v4 ID+C MR: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization)


  • 1 GBCI LEED ID+C Specific 
  • 1 LEED Green Associate
  • 1 AIA LU/HSW
  • 1 BOMI CPD
  • 0.1 IDCEC


Connor T. Glass, Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman Architects, Brooklyn, New York

Pete Jefferson, PE, WELL AP, LEED AP, HBDP, Project Executive, Forte Building Science, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Kate Malmgren, LEED AP ID+C, REWS [e]Team Design and Construction, Google Inc, Mountain View, California


Many thanks to USGBC Northeast Florida Region volunteers for hosting this webcast!

Venue host

Kudos to Auld & White Constructors for being our venue host for the Best of Greenbuild Series!


PLEASE NOTE: There is a two step process to this registration.  You will receive an email after this (check your junk and clutter mail if you don't receive something) that will have an email with a URL inside the body that you will need to click on and add your name and email to obtain a unique access link directly from GoToWebinar before your registration is complete.  To recap, register now, open email from customercare@gotowebinar.com and click on link, add your name and email, and get final email with direct login url for webcast.


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