Mountain View could soon become San Jose. Since 2017, Google has been planning to leave its suitcases in the neighboring city in order to set up its new campus: Downtown West. Like any self-respecting GAFA, Google sees the bigger picture for this project. Downtown West was to cover more than 32 acres and house hundreds of offices, open spaces, parks, shops, entertainment venues, and even apartments. A real google friendly little town.
Downtown West receives San Jose approval
Today, Google received unanimous approval from the San Jose City Council to set up its new campus in the city. Following that decision, the City of San Jose sent Google a specific development agreement stating that Downtown West should be home to 46,500 square feet of business, roughly 5,900 individual units. Not to mention the dozens of restaurants, cultural spaces, green spaces, sports halls, and more.
As you can imagine, although Google is capable of a lot, it would take 10 to 30 years for such a campus to completely spring up. According to the latest information, work should begin in San Jose next year. With this new campus, Sundar Pichai and the company’s executives aim to offer employees a new way of life. The CEO recently unveiled a more flexible labor policy.
Sundar Pichai wants 60% of its teams to be in the office only 3 days a week and 20% to be able to telework completely freely. It is therefore questionable why Google is working on an even larger campus when more and more employees are working remotely. The answer is quite simple, as the campus is not all offices. Even employees who work from home stay in the Google universe by living on campus.