According to new reports, Google is planning to build a new, green office space. The current Google headquarters, known as the Googleplex, is located in Mountain View, California. The company has not confirmed details of the project, but city officials in Mountain View have stated that construction on the new office space could begin as early as 2012.
Google has recently paid $30 million to lease 9.4 acres from the city of Mountain View to build the new office space. The new addition would be built on the border of the existing Googleplex, increasing the total size of the headquarters to 600,000 square feet.
In January, the company announced plans to hire 6,200 new employees in 2011, which would necessitate the need for a larger office space. Since the end of 2009, Google’s workforce has increased by a third, adding more than 6,500 employees. Currently, the company has more than 26,000 employees.
Ingenhoven Architects, an environmentally-conscious German building firm, has reportedly been tapped to design the new office space. Jordan Newman, a spokesperson for Google, has confirmed that Google has “asked them to build the most green, sustainable building possible.” Ingenhoven is the building firm behind the Breeze Tower in Osaka, Japan and the European Investment Bank building in Luxembourg. The firm is renowned for employing sustainable building practices, including utilizing renewable energy sources in their projects.
Google has moved around quite a bit since being founded in a garage in Menlo Park in 1998. The company was headquartered in downtown Palo Alto before moving to Mountain View. The Googleplex was founded in 2003, when the company purchased the former headquarters of Silicon Graphics. Currently, Google’s headquarters consist of more than 65 buildings in Mountain View. In addition to the Googleplex, Google has 23 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The company also maintains a presence in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Google’s proposed new green office space continues the company’s tradition of committing to environmentally-friendly practices. The company’s green initiatives include buying renewable wind energy, using recycled electronic equipment, and encouraging employees to use alternate modes of transportation. The company is also working towards becoming carbon neutral by offsetting the remaining carbon emissions from their practices. Google’s data centers consume about half of the energy that other buildings of comparable size do. This is achieved by calculating the energy needs of each building using efficiency measurements, using evaporated cooling and recycled water, building efficient servers, and recycling all the electronic equipment that leaves the facility.
In addition to the new green collaboration with Ingenhoven, Google is looking to expand even further. The company is reportedly hoping to buy a two-story building previously occupied by Nokia, in addition to the former headquarters of Netscape.