Google Building New "Project X" Hardware Labs, Sales Center at Googleplex
February 13, 2012 9:40 AM
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
, 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."
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