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News - December 19, 2008

Google vacates some buildings, buys others

by Daniel DeBolt

In an effort to centralize its workforce, Google has moved employees out of three buildings totaling 128,000 square feet, now up for lease, and moved the employees closer to the Googleplex. Meanwhile, the company has purchased four other buildings totaling 240,000 square feet.

The three vacated 42,630-square-foot buildings, which the company is now subleasing, are at 2375 Garcia Ave., 2350 Bayshore Parkway and 1500 Salado Dr. Employees will be shuffled to the former Alza Corp. headquarters, a 450,000-square-foot building that was the last large property on the Googleplex's block not occupied by Google.

"We've always liked to have a dense campus core," said Google spokesman Andrew Pedersen. "It increases efficiency and helps people work better and more economically."

The company has reportedly purchased four buildings just south of Googleplex along Shoreline Drive: 1010 and 1015 Joaquin Road, 1058 Huff Road and 1708 N. Shoreline Blvd. Those building would be more conveniently located between the Googleplex and large campus planned around Shorebird Way on 64 acres. The company says it is planning for its long-term growth.

The changes come as Google slows its once-rapid hiring pace. Google's workforce increased by only 519 employees worldwide in its last quarter, Pedersen said, down from 1,000 to 2,000 employees per quarter in recent years. The company now employs 20,123 employees worldwide.

Google also is subleasing 225,000 square feet of office space on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto that it never used. Meanwhile, the company has several large office building projects in Mountain View that are on hold.


Posted by Mike H., a resident of Jackson Park
on Dec 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Google, I mean, "Big Brother" is expanding once again! They're taking over! Run for your life!