Google is expanding to San Diego! Probably the most well-known brand name (that has even transformed into it’s on verb aka “just Google it”) has recently leased a 60,000 sf office space in Sorrento Mesa. Many employees who were recently laid of by Qualcomm–one of San Diego’s largest employers– are overjoyed for the opportunity to work for an even bigger tech company. There is no word yet on how many people Google has scooped up from Qualcomm, or the number of people the new location will employ. One thing is certain, there will be a massive renovation to transform the space for its new tenant.
Dowling Construction, as well as every other construction team in San Diego, is eager for the opportunity to tailor the 60,000 sf to meet the tech tenant’s needs. Most likely Google envisions a “well-building” that focuses on building a social environment and promotes a quality work life. Open space offices, relaxing outdoor areas, and inspiring finishes/art are what’s in store for the future. There is also a push from developers and consumers for an environmentally-friendly building; movable walls and partitions are making a comeback, how to re-use doors is a topic of discussion, and peel-able art/wallcoverings are being explored. Millennials strive for a connection to nature, and with Google being the high-tech guru of the world, raw and authentic furniture can be expected to occupy the space.
I’m sure I speak for all of San Diego when I say we welcome Google with open arms, and can’t wait to see what they have in store for San Diegans.
For more info about Google’s move to Sorrento Mesa, read this San Diego Tribune article.