's Bakery Square office was recognized as one of the coolest offices in the country last year, but wait and see the new floor, modeled after the Kennywood amusement park, says Jordan Newman, Google spokesperson.
"The space is going to WOW anyone who walks in," Newman promises.
Google is expanding its Pittsburgh office, the former Nabisco factory, adding 30,000 square-feet on a third floor, bringing the total size of Google's occupied presence at Bakery Square to 80,000 square-feet. While the company declines to project hiring figures, Google obviously will need people to fill the space, Newman says.
The company hired 50 engineers in 2011 and currently employs 200 people in Pittsburgh. The expansion will be completed in February.
To add to the good news, Google was also named the best company to work for in the U.S. by Fortune
magazine this month. This is especially noteworthy because the ranking was determined through fairly rigorous employee surveys, notes Newman. (Insider Business named the Google Pittsburgh office as one of the top 15 coolest spaces in the country.)
"The reason we're growing in Pittsburgh is there's a great pipeline of talent coming from CMU and other schools in the region," says Newsman. "There are so many great engineers coming out of the city. We're confident we'll be able to continue to find the talent here."
The boomerang effect has also brought many back to the region, he adds; residents who left Pittsburgh and chose to come back to work at Google. The region's strong economy has contributed as well.
Google, based in Mountain View, Ca., has been growing aggressively and currently employs 7000 people globally.
Source: Jordan Newman, Google
Image of Google Pittsburgh copyright Brian Cohen