With the Googleplex already straining at the seams and the company preparing its biggest hiring surge ever, the Mountain View Internet giant is about to do something it’s never done before — build its own office space.
The company will spend top-dollar to accommodate all those “Nooglers,” as the company calls its new recruits. Google (GOOG) is planning a cutting-edge environmentally friendly design and has agreed to pay the city of Mountain View $30 million to lease 9.4 acres near Shoreline Boulevard, one of the highest prices ever for land in that section of the city.
Google has hired Ingenhoven Architects, a German firm that specializes in sustainable architecture and has completed award-winning green designs from Sydney to Stuttgart, to develop plans for what could total nearly 600,000 square feet of space. Google currently owns or leases about 4.3 million square feet of space in Mountain View, according to its securities filings.
“We’ve asked them to build the most green, sustainable building possible,” said Jordan Newman, a Google spokesman.
Google is not sharing any details, but city officials said preliminary plans could be filed later this month, with construction starting as early as 2012.