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Google to spend $9.5B this year on data centers and offices

Google to spend $9.5B this year on data centers and offices
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Construction is underway on Google’s new Kirkland campus in Washington.

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Google said Wednesday that it plans to spend about $9.5 billion this year on US offices and data centers. New investments cover every region of the country.

“It may seem counterintuitive to double our investment in physical offices even as we embrace greater flexibility in the way we work,” Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, wrote in a blog post. “However, we believe it is more important than ever to invest in our campus and that doing so will lead to better products, a better quality of life for our employees, and stronger communities.”

Over the past five years, Google has spent more than $37 billion building physical infrastructure in 26 states.

Like most large companies, Google closed its offices in early 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the United States. Last year, the company announced that it would adopt a “hybrid workforce model” that requires employees to spend at least some time in the office. Google said it expects about 20% of its employees to work from home permanently.

Now that Google employees are back in the office, the company is reportedly offering perks like free scooters to help ease the commute.

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