Google completes outdoor deck construction at downtown Ann Arbor office
Steve Pepple | AnnArbor.com
Google and Ann Arbor-based real estate firm McKinley Inc. collaborated to install solar panels on the building's roof and build the 4,800-square-foot outdoor deck as an extension of the 240,000-square-foot office building.
The deck, which can only be accessed by Google employees, is part "green," so to speak.
It has patches of grass and bushes in addition to patio umbrellas colored in the famous Google red, blue, green and yellow. The deck floor is also emblazoned with a giant Google logo, much like the one on the search engine giant's home page. Workers streamed onto the deck earlier today to check out the scenery.
The deck's installation comes as Google is increasingly battling with its competitors in the technology industry to land talented employees. The company last year gave all of its workers 10 percent pay increases and is investing in clean energy technology at several offices to make its workplace more enticing to job candidates.
Google employs more than 250 workers at its Ann Arbor sales office and has said it plans to add personnel to the operation this year.