Google unveils new high-end digs in downtown Austin
No need to search Google for this news, we’ve got it right here for you. With politicos and journalists in attendance, Google on Tuesday, September 19, showed off its brand-new downtown Austin office at 500 W. Second St.
More than 450 people now work at Google’s new space, which encompasses about 300,000 square feet. Google teams working on Android, G Suite, Google Play, finance, engineering, marketing, and “people operations” occupy the new digs.
We can’t imagine the inhabitants of Google’s new quarters would find anything to gripe about. The offices feature contemporary high-end furnishings that look like they’re straight out of a Design Within Reach showroom. In some cases, those furnishings could easily be plopped into the lobby of a sleek hotel.
Google is the biggest tenant at the West Second Street office tower, which stands 29 stories high and features about 500,000 square feet. Google is said to have poured millions of dollars into designing, building, and outfitting the new offices.
Work is underway on two more floors of the building that’ll be occupied by Google; the space is set to be completed next year. The tech company plans to add employees once that space is finished but declines to say how many.
“We love Austin, its world-class talent and world-class companies,” says Greg Garrison, Google’s Austin site lead. “Google is proud to call this city home, and we’re excited to continue to contribute to this amazing community and help define Austin as a growing tech hub.”
Among the features of Google’s new Austin home, designed by CTA Architects, are:
- Open workspaces
- Three city-view terraces
- A greenbelt-inspired waterfall feature — operating with recycled water — that accentuates a stairwell connecting floors 26-29
- An Airstream dining trailer to feed Google workers
“Thanks to low taxes, reasonable regulations, right-to-work laws, and a world-class workforce, the Lone Star State is fast becoming a global tech hub, and we could not be prouder to have Google further expand here,” Gov. Greg Abbott says.