- Google has just released renders of a planned new campus to be built in San Jose, called Downtown West.
- Unlike other Google locations, the San Jose location would be mixed-use and open to the public.
- The 79-acre land plan includes residential, office and natural areas and is a major step by Google at a time when companies are rethinking the need for office space in the face of the pandemic that is forcing workforce to work remotely.
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Google released some new details on its planned San Jose campus Thursday, with renders and a 473-slide deck.
The renderings give an idea of how Google envisions the new campus. For more information, see the slide deck made for the city of San Jose. It will encompass far more than the quirky office style Google is known for: there are plans for up to 5,900 residences, retail space, pop-up events, and nature accessible to the public via hiking trails and trails.
The design seems to be deliberately based on pre-existing aspects of San Jose. Los Gatos Creek is highlighted in a larger natural area. Google plans to follow San Jose’s climate initiative by designing large open spaces to combat urban heat islands, accessible public transportation, and a possible on-site sewage collection and recycling facility. Now Google is asking for feedback from residents before the plan is approved by the San Jose City Council this spring.
Some big tech companies aren’t slowing their real estate plans this year despite the pandemic. Facebook paid $ 376.6 million for REI’s former unfinished Seattle headquarters, and Amazon has just rented an additional two million office space in Bellevue.
Meanwhile, Pinterest canceled a major lease in San Francisco, and Twitter is trying to sublet parts of its San Francisco headquarters after telling workers it can work from home indefinitely.
Take a look at Google’s plans here.