Google Puts Bayview Campus Construction On Hold

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By Sharon Simonson

UPDATED: 4:20 pm

Google Inc. is postponing construction on its Bayview campus at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

Google headquarters Mountain ViewThe company has told its contractors and construction workers at the site to come back in a year, citing design issues with the campus as it now is conceived. Approximately 100 workers were already on the job, and site work was underway, according to a source with immediate knowledge of the project.

In a prepared statement, a Google spokesperson said, “We want to make our Bay View campus a terrific and environmentally sustainable place for Googlers to work. To make sure we get it right, we’re being thoughtful in our design process.”

In August, the Mountain View-based company selected DPR Construction and Turner Construction Co. to build the 1.1 million-square-foot campus at the NASA site. The offices are expected to accommodate as many as 5,000 workers.

It is the first ground-up construction that the company has ever done and has been years in the planning. The company and NASA said in June 2008 that they had entered an agreement where Google would lease 42.2 acres from NASA for 40 years or as long as 90 years. A second headquarters campus on the so-called Charleston East site next to Google’s existing Amphitheatre Parkway headquarters also is in planning.

Calls to Seattle architects NBBJ, who are designing the project, were not immediately returned. John Igoe, director of real estate and workplace solutions, did not immediately respond to an email message. Others involved in the project, including Sares Regis Group of Northern California, referred queries to Google.

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