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Google goes for 2,900 person campus in Sunnyvale near Apple

updated 02:55 pm EDT, Thu August 11, 2011

Google leases four buildings in Sunnyvale, CA

Google on Wednesday announced it has leased four buildings in Sunnyvale, California that can accommodate as many as 2,900 employees. This will make it the largest campus of the software giant outside of its main Mountain View campus. The deal is part of Google's plans to make this year its largest hiring spree to date, with a target of adding 6,000 employees across the world.

The buildings are part of Moffett Park's Technology Corners, totaling 715,500 square feet. A long-term lease was signed and the company is expected to populate the offices in February, 2013, though no other details were revealed. Zoning laws allow up to 2,860 employees, though Google hasn't said how many will occupy the space.

Its new office would put it much closer to Apple in what could be a heating up of office space competition. Sunnyvale is just north of Apple's Cupertino home and considerably closer than Mountain View. The size would also make it an unusually close parallel to Apple's "spaceship" campus as both will represent their creators' first truly large, secondary but still local office.

Google, like Apple, can easily afford the extra workspace. The company has made $2.5 billion in profits and $9 billion in revenue during the second quarter. Its Android mobile operating system recently topped 40 percent in market share in the US. In comparison, Apple was at 26.6 percent and BlackBerry maker RIM at 23.4. [via Contra Costa Times]




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  1. viktorob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    good strategy..

    So they couldn't steal their IOP any more from a long distance so now they are going to steal it directly from Apple's offices? good "innovation" google ;)

  1. mattack

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Nowhere Near Apple

    That's nowhere near Apple. It's far closer to Yahoo than Apple. If it were near Homestead & De Anza Blvd, then it would be near Apple.

  1. Tralthamidor

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    The new research and dev. building

    I am sure they decided to move near by as soon as they saw the 'mothership' would be all glass on the outside. The recent buying of the giant telescopes was probably coincidence though...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    yes....

    Because that area of california sucks so badly that there could be no other reason for any company to move into the area...

  1. facebook_Noah

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    Joined: Aug 2011

    0

    Already neighbours

    Google is already like a 10 minutes drive away from Apple.

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