Google to Expand San Francisco Offices, Add Engineers
Google has taken over a 35,000-square-foot former print shop in San Francisco’s trendy Mission District, the new digs reportedly intended to house as many as 200 engineers from startups the search giant has acquired or will in the future. The Financial Times reported the deal, saying that engineers don’t like the commute to Silicon Valley and want to stay in San Francisco, but in a smaller office more like a startup. Facing fierce competition for top engineering talent, Google and other companies are increasingly looking to San Francisco for new office space, so engineers can avoid a commute to Mountain View, Palo Alto and Santa Clara, about 40 miles to the south. Google did not respond to requests for comment. The building Google selected, perhaps ironically, formerly housed Howard Quinn, a catalog and newspaper printer that used the building for 50 years before closing in 2012. The building is zoned for manufacturing, which may be a plus for Google as the company increasingly delves into the hardware business. It is not clear what businesses Google will house in the new space. Recent acquisitions include Nest, for $3.2 billion, and San Francisco-based Bot and Dolly, which provides robotics to filmmakers. Google already has a large San Francisco presence in the SoMa district and its Google Ventures is moving to a new office in nearby South Park. Twitter, Square and Pinterest are already based in San Francisco, where rapid gentrification and an influx of tech company engineers have sparked protests, especially over the issue of the fleets of private buses that haul engineers out of the city to Silicon Valley companies, including Google.