Google’s New Environmentally Friendly Offices: Mountain View Plans

Giant tech company Google is often in the news and just today we’ve told you about the special Mr. Man Google Doodle, how Google’s Android platform is increasing its market share but also how the company has now been surpassed by Apple as the most valuable brand in the world. Now we hear that Google has plans to go green and establish new environmentally friendly offices in Mountain View, California.

The current offices are almost filled to capacity and with a big hiring push being prepared it’s thought that the company now plans to build its own cutting-edge offices. Mike Swift on Mercury News tells how Google has already agreed to pay Mountain View city for the lease of 9.4 acres of land near Shoreline Boulevard. That’s about to cost the company $30 million before any building work begins!

Ingenhoven Architects of Germany has been taken on to plan Google’s dream office complex and the German company are well-established for sustainable architecture and green designs. It’s thought that the plans could be for up to 600,000 square acres of development. Jordan Newman, Google spokesman said, “We’ve asked them to build the most green, sustainable building possible.”

Building could begin in early 2012 with preliminary plans possibly being filed this month. What are your thoughts on Google’s plans to go green? Do you think other large companies could learn from Google’s example? Why not let us know with your comments.