Google wants to build private airport terminal

When technology heavy hitters break out hard hats and building permits it usually gets people's attention.

Google wants to fly.

The Internet search leader with interests in advertising, mobile operating systems, self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses is seeking to get into the aviation game.

Google plans to build an $82 million private airport terminal in San Jose, Calif., to accommodate its business jets. It would be an addition to the Mineta San Jose International Airport already located there.

British firm Signature Aviation has offered to build the executive terminal on 29 acres of the existing airport's property, subject to approval by the city of San Jose.

The proposal calls for developing a 17,000-square-foot terminal, a 33,000-square-foot building for offices and retail shops, a 66,000-square-foot hangar, 18.5 acres for aircraft parking and a 300-space car parking lot, reports CBS in San Francisco.

San Jose airport officials are in discussions with Signature about the proposed agreement, which would involve a 50-year lease from the city. They aim to present a plan to the City Council in the spring.

When technology heavy hitters break out hard hats and building permits it usually gets people's attention. The projects often become interesting design subjects.

Consider Apple's spaceship-shaped facility, which is slated for completion in 2016. It will have a massive underground auditorium, a parking garage for nearly 5,000 cars, a fitness center, a mostly off-the-grid energy center and a thick layer of trees that will enshroud the four-story ring-shaped building. The circular structure will have huge walls of glass that let Apple employees look out from both sides onto park-like landscaping that includes jogging paths and walking trails.

Facebook will be building, too.

The social networking mammoth last year commissioned world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to design its first custom-built campus. Gehry is perhaps best known as the architect behind the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He also is behind a proposed design for a memorial to be built in Washington honoring former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The campus will house 3,400 engineers in a single building with reconfigurable work and meeting space and a garden that extends from around the building to cover the entire roof of the structure. It will be located on ground already owned by Facebook that sits across the street from its current campus in Menlo Park, Calif., and make use of a tunnel that already links the two pieces of ground.

In January, the Menlo Park City Council gave Facebook permission to proceed with its building plans. Originally, Facebook planned to start building in early 2013 and complete the project within two years.

This story, "Google wants to build private airport terminal" was originally published by PCWorld.

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