Google spent twice as much on construction and remodeling between 2004 and 2014 than all of the homeowners in its headquarters city of Mountain View, CA, combined.
An analysis of the city’s building permits by contractor referral site BuildZoom showed that Google, which has 53,600 employees total and 20,000 in the Mountain View complex, spent more than a half billion dollars on building and renovating its enormous headquarters and local businesses it owns, including stores and restaurants.
The megacorporation owns or leases 75 properties in Mountain View, according to Forbes.
Google isn’t the only tech giant with an oversized construction budget. Forbes reported that Apple is spending $5 billion on a new headquarters six miles away from Mountain View in Cupertino, CA. And Salesforce is spending $690 million to lease and renovate a new tower in San Francisco.