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]