Google’s Reston employees will have quite the view once they move into their new office space next to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.
The tech giant will have the top four floors of the 16-story, Helmut Jahn-designed building at 1900 Reston Metro Plaza, Maggie Parker, a spokeswoman for Comstock Companies, told Reston Now.
Reston Now took a tour of the top floor for a look at Google’s future workspace.
On a clear day, Google employees will have views of Tysons to the east and Dulles International Airport to the west, Parker said. Looking south, they’ll be able to see the Fairfax County Government Center. The building offers a glimpse of Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland.
The area around the building is also set for some changes in the future. Plans for a hotel, two residential buildings and an office building will give a new look to the land between Reston Station Blvd and Sunset Hills Road, Parker said.
While Google hasn’t officially announced its new Reston residence (the secret is out, thanks to permits), the company previously said it will significantly expand its operations in Northern Virginia as part of a $13 billion round of investment in new offices and data centers across the U.S.
“With new office and data center development, our workforce in Virginia will double,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post on Feb. 13.
Parker said she does not know how many workers from nearby offices (there’s one in Reston Town Center) or new jobs will fill the Google space.
Google won’t be moving into an empty building — a workspace called Spaces currently occupies the fourth and fifth floors.
Google has started fixing up office space at Reston Station a month after the tech giant announced plans to double its workforce in Northern Virginia.
The tech giant is seeking interior alterations with office space furnishings. One of the two permits mentions “peer review,” which is a way to give plans priority status during the building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing plan review process, according to Fairfax County.
Google has not announced exact locations since it revealed last month the expansion plans as part of a $13 billion round of investment in new offices and data centers across the U.S.
News outlets previously reported that Google had purchased sites in Ashburn and Leesburg for two new data centers.
Google currently has an office at Reston Town Center.
Photo courtesy Marjorie Copson
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Google moving in Reston — “The Mountain View, California-based company is close to announcing plans to move from Reston Town Center to 1900 Reston Metro Plaza, the trophy office building Comstock Holding Cos. Inc.” [Washington Business Journal]
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Google is significantly expanding its operations in Northern Virginia, as part of a $13 billion round of investment in new offices and data centers across the U.S.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the plans in a blog post Wednesday afternoon.
“With new office and data center development, our workforce in Virginia will double,” Pichai wrote.
The post did not specify exact locations or other details, but Google currently has an office at Reston Town Center and was reported to be considering a major new lease near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.
It was also previously reported that Google had purchased sites in Ashburn and Leesburg for two new data centers.
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Google recently filed with the FCC to test a new product, Google Fiber, in the locations for a period of two years.
Reston will join California locales Atwater, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Bruno, San Francisco and San Jose, as well as Boulder, Colo., Kansas City, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; Raleigh, NC and Provo, Utah, the filing said.
The company chose those cities for their “radio propagation environment, buildings and foliage to test interference, pre-existing Google infrastructure and “existence of partners who may participate in the tests,” according to the filing and reported by Engadget.
In telecommunications development, one of the biggest bottlenecks is often the “last mile,” or the piece of a network required to deliver service to a consumer or business. In fiber optic deployments, like Google Fiber, that often involves laying additional cables to connect homes or offices to the network.
Google Fiber is likely to cause competitors like Verizon and Comcast to up their game, tech analysts say.
Google notes in the filing that these tests won’t involve the average user. Only Google employees, contractors and “trusted testers” under close supervision will get to try out the wireless fiber.
Read more about the high-speed fiber in this San Jose Mercury News story.