February 25, 2013, 12:59 PM — Google is already known for great employee perks like free gourmet meals and haircuts, but the Internet search leader is looking to give its workers even more incentive to be innovative in the technology game.
A new 1.1-million-square-foot campus designed according to the working habits of thousands of employees is the ticket.
The search and advertising giant is ramping up to break ground on a 42-acre campus called Bayview next door to its Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif.,that will have nine structures mostly four stories tall, reports Vanity Fair. The buildings, several of which have green roofs including one with an alfresco cafe, will be linked by bridges and look like bent rectangles that carve out room for courtyards.
Google says the structure will be the largest U.S. complex will all radiant heating. It will incorporate environmental factors such as where the sun rises and where the wind blows. As a result, Bayview will be highly energy efficient and filled with natural light.
Employee happiness is paramount in Silicon Valley, where tech firms vie for talent and are constantly upping the ante when it comes to providing leading-edge working conditions.
Google is known to offer some of the best employee benefits on the planet, including legal advice, travel assistance, and more.
Other tech giants are pushing the envelope, too.
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.