Google plans Silicon Valley campus, hardware lab

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Google is planning another Silicon Valley campus, which will be located next to a new center dedicated in part to hardware, according to preliminary plans obtained by CNBC.

As of 2018, Google spent more than $ 389 million on land in North San Jose, California, and since then the company has submitted detailed preliminary proposals showing a sneak peek of its plans for the space. The plans, presented as an “R&D” facility, show a center for hardware operations and a new separate technology campus that would be accessible to the public, located between its current headquarters in Mountain View and its mega mixed-use campus. recently approved. in San Jose.

Nicknamed “Midpoint,” the future technology campus will include five office buildings connected by a pedestrian bridge over a highway. It will be located next to three industrial buildings that will house some operations for its hardware division, including Nest products, according to various planning documents.

Hardware Center

Google has laid out plans for an “R&D” center that includes hundreds of upgrades to three industrial buildings. including meeting rooms, break areas, micro kitchens, equipment platforms, conveyor belts and a shipping warehouse, according to plans and permits viewed by CNBC. The plans mention “Google Hardware” and “Nest,” which refers to the company’s connected home business. These buildings will also house general supplies and store items such as furniture for local campuses, according to a company spokesperson.

The new space comes as Google appears to be bringing in more hardware efforts internally under the leadership of executive Rick Osterloh, who oversees devices and services, including Nest, Google Home smart speakers, its flagship Pixel smartphone, and PixelBook laptops. The hardware unit has produced minimal revenue for the company compared to its core internet services like Search, YouTube and Google Cloud, but executives recently said it would try to get more market share this year.

Google is planning three industrial buildings that will house operations for equipment, including hardware and Nest.

Google announced arguably its most serious attempt at hardware this week when it said it will ditch Qualcomm chips and create its own, including those used for its flagship Pixel phone. It has also been using its own chips for its growing number of data centers across the country. In January, it completed the acquisition of fitness-tracking hardware company Fitbit, which had been delayed in a regulatory review for more than a year.

One building in particular is undergoing a major renovation.. 20% of that building is intended for offices and 80% for manufacturing, storage, distribution and other purposes, according to the plans. The company has been planning the site since at least 2018, according to documents.

“The new interior space will be used for device storage, distribution and support office functions,” the plans state. Plans show the space can hold up to 169 people, but a Google spokesperson declined to specify how many employees it will house.

Google has unveiled plans for equipment platforms as part of its device distribution center.

Preliminary plans

A planning document describes dressing the interior with ocean-themed elements, including art installations, murals, driftwood accents, seashell pieces from Etsy, and a surfboard suspended from the ceilings of meeting and training rooms. as shown in the plans. The meeting rooms are named after the coastal areas of Monterey, California and the surrounding area, including Cannery Row, Pacific Grove, Fisherman’s Wharf and Del Monte.

Other proposed site modifications include parking lot reconfigurations, new equipment platforms, rooftop equipment enclosures, ADA updates, and building face updates.

The company’s plans show that the overall site has 794 parking spaces, including spaces for more than 20 large trucks or semi-trailers, as well as several electric vehicle charging stations and a propane tank on site.

Google declined to comment on most of the details in these documents.

Google’s building plans include living rooms, offices, and “micro kitchens.”

New technology campus “Midpoint”

Sitting next to the industrial center is a more traditional technology campus called “Midpoint” that will accommodate up to 3,500 employees. That campus will require landscaping and construction updates to existing offices rather than an entirely new development, according to plans seen by CNBC.

The company did not give a timeline for when it expects Midpoint to be completed. The Mercury News previously reported on some of the features.

“The goal of the proposed project is to improve safety and connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists between buildings and the surrounding community,” wrote Vini Bhargava, a project executive from Google’s real estate and workplace services, in a Preliminary review request filed this summer.

Google’s campus plans include canopies for outdoor gathering spaces for employees.

The new campus also coincides with the company’s shift to open up to its non-tech neighbors amid displacement concerns. The proposed updates also come as the company plans to have more employees work in offices in the post-pandemic era.

Bhargava added that he wants to incorporate landscaping for “outdoor gathering and gathering areas to serve employees on site.” To do so, he proposed converting concrete parking lots into green and landscaped sites that use recycled water, as well as planting trees to act as natural cooling and shade systems. The new features are aimed at “improving wildlife habitat and pollination opportunities,” added Bhargava in her letter.

Nicknamed “Midpoint,” the future technology campus will include five office buildings connected by a pedestrian bridge over a highway.

The preliminary application also proposes a new “transit center” with transportation services, bicycle parking and transit passes for employees to reduce trips in single-occupant vehicles. The center will also include showers, lockers and changing rooms for travelers.

It will have a passenger shuttle service that will bus employees from across the Bay Area, which Bhargava says is “proven to significantly reduce the number of employees driving alone to work compared to the regional average.”

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