Editors' pick: Originally published March 10.
Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google received approval from Mountain View, Calif., city officials to break ground on its new dome-shaped headquarters called "Charleston East" in April, the same month Apple (AAPL) will start sending employees to its new "Spaceship" campus called Apple Park in nearby Cupertino. The vote was unanimously approved on Tuesday.
Construction on the building project that will house up to 2,700 employees is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The building will be two stories tall and about 595,000 square feet, vs. Apple Park's 2.8 million square feet. The project site is 18.6 acres, much smaller than Apple Park's 175 acres. Apple plans to move 12,000 of its employees into Apple Park within six months.
The updated renderings for the campus reveal that Google has significantly scaled back from its original plans first revealed in 2015. The original plan resembles a large glass greenhouse (similar to Apple Park), while the new plan looks more like a scalloped tent.
The more modest plans are a result of Google and LinkedIn (LNKD) swapping Mountain View real estate locations last July. LinkedIn was given more space than Google, forcing Google to downsize its plans. Other possible explanations for the scaling back include the New York Times report from 2015 that the Mountain View community was concerned about being overtaken by the campus or continued cost cutting under Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat. Other projects that have seen cuts are Google Glass, Chromebook Pixel and Google Fiber.
Charleston East marks the first time Google has constructed an office building from the ground up, rather than moving into a previously built space. And while the project may be less innovative than its original 2015 plans predicted, the campus is still plenty impressive.
Read on to learn more about where some of Google's 61,000 employees will be working in a few years.