Google plans to purchase a New York City building, known as St. John’s Terminal, for $2.1 billion as the company prepares for a return to in-person work, Business Insider reported.
The tech giant was one of the first companies to embrace remote work as the pandemic surged across the world. It now plans to repopulate office spaces by January 2022, the news site wrote. Google has commitment to a future where employees work in-person at least some of the time. Employees who return to the office must be vaccinated.
“We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having that sense of community, is super important for whenever you have to solve hard problems, you have to create something new. So we don’t see that changing, but we do think we need to create more flexibility and more hybrid model,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a 2020 interview with Time magazine.