Google, a New England Council Member, unveiled its expanded office in the heart of Cambridge’s Kendall Square on August 5. The new 300,000-square-foot space can house just over 800 Google employees who work on projects including Google Play, Android, and the venture capital arm of the company, Google Ventures.
Google first appeared in Cambridge in 2005 with about 80 employees, and in 2008 moved into a Kendall Square office space. With significant company expansion such as the acquisitions of Android in 2005 and Cambridge-based ITA Software in 2010, office expansions were made throughout the years leading up to this major addition. Local Google employees are pleased with the office’s growth, and even more enthusiastic that they were able to stay in the Kendall Square location.
“Kendall Square’s exploding right now. It really is the center of biotech,” said Cambridge office engineering director Steve Vinter. “So much innovation is going to happen here in the next 20 years. We really want to be a part of that.”
Massachusetts Representative Mike Capuano agrees that innovation is thriving in Kendall Square. “When something in this world is invented, the chances of it being invented within 5 miles of where you stand are greater than any other place in the world. And that’s not only in technology. It’s in bio, it’s in nano, it’s in robotics,” he said during a speech at the Google office.
The new space not only boasts a prime location, but some enviable amenities as well. The 12-floor, three-building wide office space includes two rooftop gardens; one that remains open to the public and one that is reserved for Google employees only. Work stations, including one situated at a treadmill, are scattered throughout, and the café provides free food and beverages to employees.
The New England Council congratulates Google on its expanded Cambridge space, and thanks them for the constant advancements that emerge from the office.
Take a video tour or view a slideshow of the new offices, or read more in the Boston Business Journal.
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