Google has signed a lease with Comstock Partners for the top two floors in Reston Station’s signature office building.
The global technology company has had a longstanding presence in Reston since it opened a small office in Reston Town Center in 2005. It will start moving its current employee base into Reston Station later this summer.
Google will occupy the top floors of the trophy building designed by world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn. The sixteen-story building with a concrete exoskeleton over a glass curtain wall towers above the Dulles Toll Road and Metro’s Silver Line Wiehle-Reston East station.
“Google first opened a small office in Reston back in 2005 and we’ve since grown [to having nearly] 200 employees, working on major projects across engineering, sales and more,” said Liz Schwab, head of external affairs for Google in Virginia.
Being in Reston affords Google easy access to the federal government.
According to Watchdog.org, Alphabet Inc. – the parent company of Google – spent $16.6 million on lobbying in 2015. A 2016 Google Transparency Project study also showed that more than 250 people moved from Google and related firms to the federal government or vice versa from 2009 to 2016.
The research also showed that 25 officials in national security, intelligence or the Department of Defense joined Google, and three Google executives also went to work for the DOD.
This new space will give the company room to continue growing their short and long-term local presence in the D.C. area.
Google joins office tenant Spaces, and restaurants Founding Farmers, Matchbox, Starbucks and Sweet Leaf in the rapidly-expanding neighborhood.
“We are most thankful for the opportunity to be home to an industry leader like Google. We had the opportunity to discuss with Google our vision for the Reston Station neighborhood – what it is today and what the future holds – and are very happy that our ideas intersect,” said Tim Steffan, Comstock’s executive vice president.
Comstock recently announced the addition of CVS to its Reston Station tenant roster, which will be located on the plaza level at the entrance to the Metro station in Comstock’s second office building that is currently under construction.