When reports emerged that a massive floating building in San Francisco Bay could possibly belong to Google, it wasn’t long before the original rumor was shot down. While it might not be the floating data center reported in the original story, CBS followed up with a report claiming that the barge would actually be a floating Google Glass showroom that Google could move from city to city to show of its new wearable and distinguish itself from the typical retail experience. Lending more weight to that theory over the data center rumor is the fact that another similar mystery barge has recently been spotted in Portland Harbor in Maine.
Portland Press Herald reported last week that a four-story structure is currently docked on a barge at Portland Harbor. The marina owner and workers aren’t talking about who the client is, but they did confirm that Maine will not be the structure’s final destination. At the time the report, like the original report about the barge in San Fran, speculated it could be Google’s floating data center detailed in a patent from 2009.
If these buildings are indeed floating Google Glass retail stores and not data centers like CBS claimed, it would make sense for Google to have a store on either side of the country to move to cities along the coasts. The structure certainly look quite similar to the floating building spotted in San Francisco.