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Google unveils plans for new 'dome-ain'

Original post made on Jun 2, 2015

Google's vision for a futuristic campus of bubble buildings hasn't popped. The search-engine company last week unveiled plans to bring what could be the first of its sensational dome-shaped buildings to a little-discussed property known as Charleston East.

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Posted by Greg Coladonato
a resident of Slater
on Jun 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm

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I for one am really excited to experience this edifice once it's built. Ideally after jogging or biking there on the Stevens Creek Trail and the "green loop".

Posted by Christopher Chiang
a resident of North Bayshore
on Jun 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm

I would like to learn more if this building project provides any of the voluntary $200 million public benefits that the previously city rejected project included or even the same strong traffic mitigation plans?

I recognize that those $200 million public benefits were tied to bonus FAR request, and Google doesn't need such permission to build at Charleston East.

Still, it would be very sadly ironic if Mountain View companies end up getting what they want: more employees, and Mountain View residents gets little benefit, and quite the opposite, face more negative externalities such as congestion with perhaps no public benefits to offset these externalities.

These projects are separate, but the reality may be more traffic in the busy corner of 101 and Shoreline where Linkedin will be, more buildings closer to the Baylands, and perhaps even less benefits for the public, had the city just approved the initial project that had $200 million in public benefits and a robust hold harmless traffic plan. I very much hope I am wrong on all this.

Posted by Googol
a resident of Gemello
on Jun 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm

How does the city figure out floor area ratios and things like that with reconfigurable buildings? Are the reconfigurable stacked buildings earthquake-safe in that area which is a liquefaction zone?

Posted by Paul
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 3, 2015 at 6:49 am

There is already a TV series about the project named "UNDER THE DOME." As long as residents of the dome are not allowed to ever leave the facility, nearby residents and commuters will not be burdened.

Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 5, 2015 at 7:11 pm

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Flexible, high efficiency solar cells ( 40% vs ~20% efficient ) for existing PV panels were created by MIT under a DARPA partnership. Current " teakettle " power plants ( whether burning coal, natural gas or atoms ) are also about 40% efficient.
The big problem is meeting the tough CA building codes that will have to apply for a permanent structure...or is a TENT considered a permanent structure under CA laws and building codes?
A similar construction of the buildings of the Denver International Airport ( DIA is the actual airport code used on your luggage ) is an example of what can work when you want a work of art as as a showcase. Never mind the gerrymandering to make an arm of open farmland 30 miles outside of the Denver City Limits and the now infamous baggage systems .
I note that a similar system system was used for the Railroad Robber Barons that made the reach of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific possible to join CA to the rest of the US at that time. 40 acres alongside the rail line ( one side, then the opposite side ) was a powerful motivator to create " The bands of steel that bind the US together ".
Hmm. Did Steve Jobs ever work for Google?