Google Hosts First Public Event at Redwood City Offices
December 19, 2018
Google has owned roughly a million square feet of office space in Redwood City’s Pacific Shores Center for over 4 years now, but only started moving employees in just a few months ago. And just this past week, they hosted their first public event at the Redwood City offices, at which they announced a $100,000 grant to a non-profit that helps low-income residents start and grow small businesses.
The event was a free day-long workshop to help local small business owners improve their digital skills. Over 150 business owners participated. Currently, Google owns 8 of the 10 office buildings in the Pacific Shores Center, and occupies 3 of them (totaling about 350,000 square feet of office space). The complex, which was developed by the Jay Paul Co. in 2001, is located all the way at the end of Seaport Boulevard, adjacent to the Port of Redwood City along the Redwood Creek. Its distance from the hustle and bustle of downtown Redwood City keeps it out of the public eye, which is probably why Google was able to quietly start moving employees in over the summer with hardly anyone taking notice.
While Google had no say in the initial design of the towering glass-paneled buildings, they are working to impart some of the Port’s history as a logging hub into the look of the offices. The Google sign at the entrance is carved out of wood, and the elaborate chandeliers in the lobby of the “Grove Events Center” were modeled after tree rings of an actual old growth redwood tree on Skyline Boulevard. While the tributes to Port history are a nice touch, it will be interesting to see to what extend Google contributes to Port improvements moving forward a member of the community. Stay tuned!