The goals for the new building were to provide welcoming neighborhood retail, to reinforce the mid-town commercial district, and to incorporate sustainable building features and materials to respond to site forces and environmental factors.
The feature two-story glass facade facing Middlefield Road gives the building a presence on the street where a forecourt provides space for gathering. Deep overhangs and sun-shading devices reduce solar gain and encourage an indoor-outdoor use of the building. A pitched roof creates a tall north-facing window that allows natural light to suffuse a second floor office space. The project is targeted for an LEED-CS Silver rating.