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Google Announces Plan for 40-Acre CA Site

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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Tech giant Google announced plans last week to develop a new 40-acre mixed-use project in Mountain View, California. The company also announced that it is working with Australia-based contractor Lendlease for design-build on the project.

The Proposal

The Middlefield Park Master Plan includes 1.3 million square feet of office space, up to 1,850 housing units, 30,000 square feet of retail, 20,000 square feet of event space and 12 acres of open space.

The neighborhood where the project will be located, East Whisman, was reportedly rezoned for residential use and taller buildings (95 feet) in late 2019.

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Tech giant Google announced plans last week to develop a new 40-acre mixed-use project in Mountain View, California. The company also announced that it is working with Australia-based contractor Lendlease for design-build on the project.

The housing component is the latest in a long line of residential commitments from the company that has aimed to increase housing options for workers in an area that is known for its high cost of living.

According to the Mountain View Voice, last year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company would be investing $1 billion to help build a minimum of 20,000 new homes in the Bay Area.

This plan’s six residential buildings will total between 1,675 and 1,850 units with a combination of rent and ownership, with 20% of them set aside of affordable housing. 

A price tag for the project has not been released.

Other Google Plans

In 2018, Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio were said to be collaborating with Google on a Mountain View campus. This was around the time that the team confirmed it was designing Google’s 1.04-million-square-foot campus, located in Sunnyvale, California, composed of two buildings that rise like hills from the landscape.

In December 2017, Google filed a proposal for that project, with one building at 505,078 square feet, the other 537,000 square feet. At that time, Google had acquired 50 properties in the area, valued at more than $1 billion total.

The complex, dubbed “Caribbean” for its proximity to a nearby street of the same name, is slated to be large enough to house 4,500 employees, featuring roofs with long inclines that lead to different levels of each building. Employees will be able to walk, bike or skate to where they need to go, on whatever level. This approach also reportedly accommodates for integration of the features of Moffett Park, as the tech giant plans to make the site mixed-use, which includes housing.

   

Tagged categories: AS; Asia Pacific; Color + Design; Commercial Construction; Design build; Mixed-Use Facility; NA; North America; Residential Construction; Upcoming projects

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