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New Google building features unique design and radiant floor heating

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 11:50

The plans for the new Google building, which will be located in the former Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, has people talking. The unique design and futuristic materials and technologies is expected to make this structure a one-of-a-kind place that will house several thousand employees for the internet search giant. 
The Contra Costa Times reported that construction crews have began the process of building a collection of oddly curved tubes, shaped like noodles, which will be the basis for the design of the building. This is the first building that the tech giant will be constructing - in the past, the company had always taken over properties from other organizations. 
While official plans have not been released yet, some of the details were given out in various statements and press releases. According to the news source, the structure could range from three to five stories in height and amount to 1.1 million square feet of office space. Employee numbers at the new location are estimated to range between 3,500 and 5,000 people. 
Google is expected to maintain its reputation of offering high-quality and sometimes lavish benefits. The Contra Costa Times reported that gourmet cafes, elevated bike path, large windows and radiant floor heating are expected to be included in the design. A feature like radiant floor heating will help keep the cost of warming such a structure low, while still providing comfort. Because the heat slowly rises from the floors, the warmth is centered around the spaces people are actually using - instead of remaining at the top of the ceiling. 
In addition to keeping costs down and comfort levels high, the heating utility option is also a key way of reducing energy use - allowing Google to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the structure.