Google, Others Adding Desktop Space Ahead Of Big Comeback

Since January 2020, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has spent nearly $100 million expanding its commercial real estate portfolio in the United States, including a $28.5 million office it purchased in Sunnyvale, in California at the height of the pandemic.

Most recently, Alphabet announced in January that it would spend $1 billion on a campus-like office environment in London.

“We will introduce new types of collaborative spaces for in-person teamwork, as well as creating more overall space to improve wellbeing,” Ronan Harris, Google UK Managing Director writes in a post. of blogging. “We will introduce team pods, which are new types of flexible spaces that can be reconfigured in multiple ways, supporting focused work, collaboration, or both, depending on the needs of the team. The new renovation will also include covered outdoor work spaces to allow for fresh air to work. »

The goal, Harris said, is to provide employees with a flexible space with amenities to entice them into the office, while recognizing that many of them still want to work from home “a few days a week.”

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Google plans to offer a Quiet Zone in its UK office for people-focused work – and an interactive art installation to support employee wellbeing.

The trend of desktop expansion goes far beyond Google. In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. organizations purchased 60,346 commercial properties, according to Altus Group, a commercial real estate company. This figure fell to 57,174 in 2020, but rebounded last year to 78,354 properties.

And in the first quarter of 2022, organizations have already purchased 22,423 commercial properties. If this trend continues, the number of office buildings purchased this year would exceed those ripped up in 2021.

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