Google is expanding its New York City campus in the next four years, signing leases at three new buildings and investing over $1 billion in capital improvements. This new expansion adds to the company’s $2.4 billion purchase of Chelsea Market earlier in 2018.

With the additional space, Google says they will have the capacity to double their New York workforce, now over 7,000 strong.

The announcement, made on the company’s blog, comes on the heels of Amazon’s ballyhooed expansion in NYC. That move has been met with trepidation from many New Yorkers, but Google seems set on establishing their community bona fides. The announcement came packed with examples of investments and charitable donations to the New York community.

That dedication to community seems to extend to the selection of buildings in the new office complex. Google’s Hudson Square office will include three buildings—315 and 345 Hudson Street and 550 Washington Street.

Google expands office in NYC

Photos courtesy of COOKFOX Architects 

550 Washington is a COOKFOX project set to be completed in 2022. The firm is known for their focus on sustainability, human health, and biophilic design and 550 Washington is no exception. The building will house retail and residential space, which will include affordable housing and flexible units for senior citizens. Biophilic elements and LEED certification, a hallmark of COOKFOX projects, will include filtered air, biodynamic lighting, and garden terraces.

COOKFOX says that “biophilic design will define the experience of the buildings, supporting physical and mental health and well-being by prioritizing human connections with nature.”

Google expands offices in NYC