The mystery behind Google’s barges is revealed

BY newsdesk  December 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM EDT

Google’s secret about a large construction project in the San Francisco Bay may finally be out. The tech and internet giant is in the process of building its first of three high-tech barges that will act as “floating retail stores” on the East and West Coasts, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A confidential budget report obtained by the paper shows barge builder Turner Construction Co. intends to build the three vessels at California’s Treasure Island and dock them in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The project is set to cost $35 million.

According to the Chronicle, Mirian Saez, the director of operations for the Treasure Island Development Authority, said Google told her “this would be an important opportunity for the launching” of Google Glass computer eyewear next year.

However, that description is different from the “studio” and “technology exhibit space” that barge designers laid out in reports to the Port of San Francisco for their waterfront berthing permits, the Chronicle said.

H/T Sam Lane