The Club @ Moffett Towers II Wins 2019 SVBJ Structures Awards Best Amenities Building
Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal
Leaving, but not quite leaving, work
The Club at Moffett Towers II in northern Sunnyvale is a study in contrasts.
Should buildings be tall or short? Should there be native trees or manicured gardens? And, most importantly, should I stay or should
I go now?
DES Architects + Engineers has resolved these conflicts in its design of this amenities center. The recreation space serves employees
who work in the adjacent, and comparatively taller, office buildings, and boasts an array of conveniences and environmentally
Tom Gilman, president and principal at DES Architects + Engineers, says the project was intended to spare office workers from
the agony of commuter traffic on 101, while also encouraging cross-cultural mixing between employees of different companies and
“People can come early morning and do workouts before they go to work, or they can stay late and work out,” Gilman said, adding
that this behavioral incentive is a key component of the office’s Traffic Demand Management plan, which the City of Sunnyvale
requires for many projects.
Gilman said his aim for this amenities center was for it to be “the jewel of the campus.” Surrounded by “forest” and flanked by two
gardens, the structure both highlights and blurs the differences between an exclusive facility and an open office park.
Size: 52,500 square feet
Cost: Not disclosed
Status: Completed July 2018.
Background: The property was previously owned by Lockheed Martin, and there were a fair number of existing trees.
DES Architects + Engineers seized the opportunity to greenify the development, boxing and tending the trees for years, effectively
creating a nursery on the construction site.
Amenities: The center features many ﬁtness amenities: open workout spaces, specialized studios, aquatics and indoor/outdoor
Challenge: According to Casey Kraning, director of real estate development at Jay Paul Company, the intricate designs for the
building’s steel facade presented a challenge. “There were nearly as many steel connections on this building as the office buildings
on the campus which are nearly eight times the size,” Kraning said.
Tidbit: 220 existing campus trees were preserved through construction. Most — 98 percent — of the project’s construction waste
was recycled, and 28 percent of materials used in construction were recycled from other projects.
Tenants: Employees working in adjacent buildings, mostly Amazon and Facebook.
Unique features: 360 campus bicycle stalls. The center is also half a mile away from the Moffett Park VTA light rail station.
Green features: LEED NC Platinum-rated, seven-acre central greenspace, 125 kW rooftop PV system, sun-shading, 100 percent
LED lighting, 100 percent controllable lighting and air temperature, and 196 campus EV charging stations.
Owner/developer: Jay Paul Company
General contractor: Level 10 Construction
Architect: DES Architects + Engineers
Landscape architect: DES Architects + Engineers
Civil engineer: BKF Engineers
Structural engineer: DES Architects + Engineers
Leasing broker: Phil Mahoney, Newmark Knight Frank
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