Google to build new office for hiring spree

13:58, May 10, 2011      

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Google plans to build its own office space to make room for its hiring spree, local media reported Monday.

The company has agreed to pay the city of Mountain View 30 million U.S. dollars to lease 9.4 acres near Shoreline Boulevard for 53 years, one of the highest prices ever for land in that section of the city, according to reports from San Jose Mercury News.

A Google spokeswoman told the newspaper that the Internet search giant has hired Ingenhoven Architects, a German firm that specialized in sustainable and green architecture to develop accommodation plan for those "Nooglers" as the company calls its new recruits.

Google did not disclose any details of the plan, but Mountain View city officials said preliminary plans could be filed later this month with construction starting as early as 2012. The lease deal allows Google to develop up to some 55,277 square meters of office, research and development space.

In January, Google announced a plan to add more than 6,000 employees in the year of 2011. In the first quarter, Google hired 1,916 full-time employees, increasing its total working force to 26,316 which is 28 percent higher than it was a year ago.

Google's corporate headquarters complex, Googleplex, is located within a 26-acre site in Mountain View with core office buildings totaling 47,038 square meters.

Source: Xinhua
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