Google officially opened its new offices in Venice on Thursday, Nov. 4, with a private reception at the Binoculars Building at 340 Main St.
The Internet search company has leased space in the Binoculars Building – designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry – and two neighboring buildings, encompassing 100,000 square feet. Google spokesperson Jordan Newman says the new home provides additional room for growth.
Google’s former offices were located at three separate sites in Santa Monica, and local office director Thomas Williams said the move to Venice would enable the staff of 350 engineers, approximately 100 sales representatives, and other staff members to work in closer proximity to each other.
Google works on products such as Google+, Google Chrome and YouTube, but Williams said the company is strongly motivated and working with charitable organizations, as well as advancing eco-friendly ideas, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Newman said the company leased the space primarily to create a “campus-like feel” for its Los Angeles offices, “but, obviously, this building is pretty cool.”
In October, Williams presented Google’s plans to the Venice Neighborhood Council, providing information on how the local area would be impacted by the company’s presence, and noted that many employees will not be driving to work, even though the building has ample underground parking.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl attended the Nov. 3 ceremony, where they welcomed Google, Inc., to the city of Los Angeles.
“Google’s decision to move to Los Angeles is the latest sign that surf’s up at L.A.’s Silicon Beach,” said Villaraigosa. “We see Google’s L.A. opening as a catalyst that will usher in new jobs, more investment, and a stronger tech industry to Los Angeles.
“My message to L.A.-based venture capitalists and entertainment companies is to invest in local technology firms,” he continued. “We have a growing creative economy in Los Angeles. Let’s invest locally to help it thrive.”
Villaraigosa’s spokesperson said that Google provided $15.2 billion in economic activity for California businesses, website publishers and non-profits in 2010. This year, Google added more than 100 jobs in Southern California and the Internet giant is continuing to hire.