Google to expand in Bakery Square complex
Search giant Google will expand in an East End development where it has had offices since 2010.
Google, which occupies three floors in the Bakery Square complex in East Liberty, will take over a fourth floor of the seven-floor building, said Gregg Perelman, managing partner of Walnut Capital Partners, which owns the complex.
“They’re anticipating tremendous growth right now,” Perelman said. “We feel really fortunate that they’ve decided to expand here.”
Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, which has had a presence in Pittsburgh since 2005, said it would hold a news conference on Friday.
In February 2012, the company announced that it was moving into a third floor at Bakery Square. At that time, it had more than 200 employees. Perelman said he didn’t know how many new jobs the company planned to create with the latest expansion.
Google spokeswoman Rebecca Ginsberg declined to comment on employment levels. The Bakery Square office employs mostly software engineers.
Councilman Bill Peduto, who represents the nearby neighborhoods of Bloomfield, Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, East Liberty and Point Breeze, said in August that Google planned to add 200 new jobs to its Bakery Square workforce of more than 220 people.
Peduto, the Democratic nominee for Pittsburgh mayor, could not be reached for comment.
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Swissvale, will deliver remarks at the announcement on Friday and said Google has contributed significantly to Pittsburgh’s growing reputation as a technology center.
Google has “the kind of talent we want to attract to Pittsburgh,” Doyle said. “Tech is becoming one of our crown jewels.”
Doyle said the company employs more than 250 workers at Bakery Square, but he didn’t know how many more Google plans to add in this latest expansion.
With Bakery Square’s office and retail space fully leased, Walnut Capital has started construction on a second complex, dubbed Bakery Square 2.0, across Penn Avenue at the site of the former Reizenstein Middle School. Apartments at the $100 million development could open in 2014. Offices could open in 2016.
Perelman said the long-term goal is to have Google expand further into the second complex, which will include about twice as much office space as the first.
“We’re really excited,” he said. “Google is a tremendous asset to Pittsburgh.”
The Bakery Square building was a Nabisco factory until it closed in 1998.
Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or [email protected].