Bryant Park Plaza building earns kudos

Courtesy of Roger Burnell
Bryant Park Plaza, located at 900 Villa St., is the first LEED Gold ground-up project completed in downtown Mountain View.

Roger Burnell beams with pride when discussing his recently opened office building, Bryant Park Plaza, in downtown Mountain View.

The three-story building at 900 Villa St. has numerous features worth bragging about. For one, the building is the first LEED Gold ground-up project constructed downtown. For another, a high-tech community billboard of sorts will entertain and inform passersby with audio-visual episodes spanning historical topics, current events and activities.

Information on the former occupants of the Villa Street location – the 1880s-era Pearson House and Immigrant House, which awaits relocation to a new park planned for North Rengstorff Avenue – will be presented.

The building, site of a Chamber of Commerce Mountain View ribbon-cutting ceremony July 18, boasts state-of-the-art architectural design courtesy of Baldauf, Catton and von Eckartsberg of San Francisco.

Two open-layout business floors are set over a flexible ground floor. The top of the building has a setback corporate penthouse nearly encircled by a ring of rooftop patio space and an aviation-inspired Aileron “winged” rooftop that glows in the evenings. An entry-level public plaza is home to a sculpture, “Caring,” by California artist Archie Held.

Burnell, a veteran developer who lives in Los Altos Hills, spared little expense on the materials used on Bryant Park Plaza. An all-glass curtain wall cascading down from the penthouse features silver anodized louvers and Parakan Teak trim imported from Austria.

Travertine marble stonework graces the building’s exterior tower. LED lighting fixtures and effects are prominent throughout the building and grounds.

Others are beginning to take notice. The Silicon Valley Business Journal has selected Bryant Park Plaza as one of three finalists for the publication’s special annual awards. The American Institute of Architects is considering recognition for the building’s design.

The building currently contains one high-tech tenant whose identity has been sworn to secrecy. The purpose and company name of the tenant is hush-hush, Burnell noted, and those in the know are legally bound not to leak anything. The interior highlights of the building, therefore, will likely remain a mystery to the public for now.

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