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Google is spending about $120 million on building about 800,000-square-feet of new labs and the Google Experience Center

Google has been hard at work with some major construction projects at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, including a Google Experience Center for important clients, secret hardware labs and a lab only known as "Project X."

According to reports, Google is spending about $120 million on building about 800,000-square-feet of new labs and the Google Experience Center. In addition, employee showers, cafeterias and electric vehicle charging stations are being built around the Googleplex. The idea behind all of the new work is to create new spaces for advanced technology, hardware, employee-related needs, and space to showcase new products for larger clients.

At the core of the Googleplex is the 120,000-square-foot Google Experience Center, which is still under construction. It will act as a museum of sorts for VIP clients and manufacturing partners that were invited by Google. This area will not be open to the public, but can hold about 900 VIP guests of Google's choosing.

"The Experience Center would not typically be open to the public -- consisting of invited groups and guests whose interests will be as vast as Google's range of products, and often confidential," said Andrew Burnett, an architect helping to build the Experience Center. "Therefore, the Experience Center must also operate somewhat like a museum, exhibit or mercantile space allowing flexibility in the exhibits so that as Google's products and needs change, the space can adapt."

Google is also building secret hardware laboratories throughout the Googleplex in an effort to place more focus on this particular technology. With competitors like Microsoft and Apple continuously releasing new gadgets like computers and smartphones, Google is looking to jump on the bandwagon and do more than just offer one of the hottest mobile operating systems -- it wants to create devices to house its popular Android OS.

Hardware has become especially important now that Google is nearing regulatory approval for its $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility purchase. For instance, one new lab that is being built at 1600 Shoreline Blvd., dubbed "Google@home," will be used to test the latest wireless consumer technology, such as Wi-Fi performance.

The creation of hardware labs reflects labs that Apple and Microsoft already have in order to test technologies for devices like the iPhone, iPad or Xbox console. These facilities can also act as sales centers for big clients, just like Google's upcoming Experience Center.

In addition to the Google Experience Center and new hardware labs, Google is currently modifying a lab for its super-secret, new "Project X." Project X's purpose is not quite clear yet, as the windows for this lab are blacked out, but city records show that it uses arcane optical-coating technology, gases like argon, and a plasma cleaner used to scrub materials of contaminants. It is believed to be a lab for precision optical technology.

"Just as we continuously work to improve our products, it's important to iterate on our workspace to keep us productive," said Google in a statement. "That's why we are adding additional meeting and work space to our campus in Mountain View."

Source: Mercury News

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Designed in California...
By priusone on 2/13/2012 10:09:14 AM , Rating: 2
... and made in China... as with everything else it seems like. While I'm all for bring jobs back to America, I don't see any sane company building phones in this country (all the chemicals they use to build the deviced would cause any good hearted tree hugger to have a coronary).

RE: Designed in California...
By danjw1 on 2/13/2012 10:38:26 AM , Rating: 2
Then why did Samsung just build a fab in Texas? With the weak dollar, we actually grew manufacturing jobs last year. We still really do need to bring a lot more of that home; But, there is some hope on this front, for the first time in a long time.

RE: Designed in California...
By retrospooty on 2/13/2012 10:41:07 AM , Rating: 2
"and made in China... as with everything else it seems like. While I'm all for bring jobs back to America, I don't see any sane company building phones in this country"

Nope... too expensive. We arent a manufacturing country anymore. At least not for electronics. We are a service based country now. with jobs in IT, and research, and whatever goes on at the Googleplex in the article above... And of course reality TV. That alone must employ 10's of thousands of people.

RE: Designed in California...
By kattanna on 2/13/2012 11:23:25 AM , Rating: 3
And of course reality TV. That alone must employ 10's of thousands of people.

and they are not really good jobs either. Reality TV is the sweat shop of hollywood.

Massive Dynamic?
By MeesterNid on 2/13/2012 9:47:15 AM , Rating: 4
If they get into biomedical research it's game over...

RE: Massive Dynamic?
By Black1969ta on 2/13/2012 10:02:18 AM , Rating: 3
Start worrying when the mention "Red Queen" Project or name a campus Raccoon City

RE: Massive Dynamic?
By Omega215D on 2/13/2012 10:05:08 AM , Rating: 1
Observer (September): Google must continue to exist.

Observer (November): It is significant.

*both look at the viewers in a ghastly and menacing way.*

Bad Wobot

By Argon18 on 2/13/2012 10:26:58 AM , Rating: 2
"rare gases like argon"

Really? Argon is used in welding. I have a cylinder of it in my garage. It's readily available from any welding supply store. It's an inert gas, not hazardous in any way, and anyone can buy it off the shelf. "rare gasses" makes it sound exotic and mysterious, and argon is anything but.

RE: huh?
By GuinnessKMF on 2/13/2012 11:33:17 AM , Rating: 3
Rare gas is just the term, if he had said nobel gas would you be complaining about there not being a coronation?

Misnomers are prevalent in the English language, you can either get over it, or become a famous comedian and wonder why Ovaltine is called Ovaltine.

RE: huh?
By Argon18 on 2/15/2012 5:16:21 PM , Rating: 2
"Rare gases is another term that was used,[5] but this is also inaccurate because argon forms a fairly considerable part (0.94% by volume, 1.3% by mass) of the Earth's atmosphere."

Call it what you want, it's a stupid and inaccurate name, and wikipedia seems to agree.

By DrApop on 2/13/2012 11:41:54 AM , Rating: 2
Google really needs to move the Android system to the desktop/laptop. They should also devise a strategy so that individuals can really customize their desktop to their own liking.

As we move to faster and faster internet/fiber optics/mobile (or users move to Europe and Asia to actually get the available service), the app will be the thing aka internet services. We will require fewer and fewer desktop programs.

The old term of "internet device" will become a reality. Google also really, REALLY needs to bolster it's own online productivity applications - right now they are marginal for business users (Zoho has more productive apps).

RE: Desktop
By gr8Ape on 2/13/2012 12:11:22 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Desktop
By DrApop on 2/13/2012 2:23:29 PM , Rating: 2
It is interesting and I saw that the other day. And while it may be useful, I don't want to have to pay ATT or Verizon for a phone, a connection fee, a $100/month fee just to run android on my desktop or laptop.

But I will agree that it would be great to only have to buy a monitor, keyboard, and mouse along with a USB connector to your phone....boom you have a complete computer up and running.

But I don't want to have to survive on a caped data plan. Just give me a decent land/wifi internet connection when I am at home or at the office...or anywhere else I can get free wifi.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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