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DC: Tech Giants Take A Different Path

National Tech

Washington's got plenty of historic office buildings that tech startups are gobbling up. But in the last year, two tech giants have opted for space in traditional office buildings. Last summer, Google (here's co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page) signed a lease for 54k SF at 25 Massachusetts Ave right near Union Station. Facebook also updated its DC space status in 2013 by taking 20k SF at the Warner Building in the East End. Historic and architecturally classic buildings in DC neighborhoods like Chinatown may seem like a no-brainer for any tech firm, but industry experts say they often have wacky floor plates that can't support the operations of behemoths like Google or Facebook.