Google is dramatically expanding its Washington offices and relocating them to within a couple of blocks of the U.S. Capitol.
The tech giant signed a lease for a 55,000-square-foot building at 25 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The building, owned by Republic Properties, is about a block from Union Station and gives Google about 25,000 more square feet than it has at its building at 1101 New York Ave. NW.
A company spokeswoman declined to comment on the new offices, including what they will be used for or when Google will move in.
“Google’s tenancy reinforces and validates the overall quality of our building and its place in the market,” Steven A. Grigg, president and chief executive of Republic Properties, said in a statement Wednesday.
Google is increasing its Washington footprint at a time when it is lobbying lawmakers on several issues. It has been pushing for a curb to what it calls frivolous lawsuits over patents. Google has also been trying to assure lawmakers that its Google Glass headset doesn’t violate privacy standards, even bringing sample headsets to members of Congress to give the device a test run.