Silicon Valley Business Journals Structures 2009 / Green Project of the Year

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
LEED Platinum


Palo Alto, CA

Project Value


General Contractor

Blach Construction


Hawley, Peterson, & Snyder Architects

Year Completed


The vision of the Moore Foundation is to create positive outcomes for future generations. They achieve significant results in environmental conservation and science by investing in partnerships in the San Francisco Bay Area. For this reason, when it came time to build a new headquarters facility, achieving LEED Platinum Certification was a high priority.

Early in the process, Mission Bell teamed up with Blach Construction and HPS Architects; using BIM to build a stunning project that includes many recycled and Reclaimed materials. The unique "flying beam" design, glass bridge, and undulating recycled timber beams help define the "Moore Path," and harmonize with their goal to improve the quality of life for future generations. The use of Kirei board cabinets and Vetrazzo countertops in the break room, and many other features, underscore the Moore Foundation's desire to be good stewards of our environmental resources. This is a complex and challenging project that turned out beautifully.