The tech giants of Silicon Valley are no strangers to sustainable design, and brick’s recently completed office building bears no exception. Designed as the future home of Nuance Communications, the 70,000 square foot building sports a variety of eco-friendly features including a lush rooftop garden with water-efficient landscaping and solar panels. Set to open in spring 2014, the modern office building is also on track for LEED Platinum certification.

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Located at a regional transit hub in the heart of Mountain View, the new office building boasts an eye-catching rooftop garden that offers sweeping views of the surrounding downtown. Designed as a collaborative effort between brick and landscape architect Marshall Wilson, the 13,000 square foot rooftop garden supports two 15-foot mature trees; a rolling lawn; a lawn deck with a trellis; as well as a bocce ball court. Solar panels are also installed on the roof to generate power for the building’s water heating system.

The LEED Platinum-seeking building also features a high-performance glass curtain wall that combines superior insulated glazing with slats of sustainably harvested Onka wood to mitigate solar heat gain. Other sustainable elements include low VOC products, secured bike parking and a smaller than average parking lot due to the building’s close proximity to a Caltrain station.

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