Tech behemoth Google is again expanding its reach in Seattle with the official opening of phase one of its new campus in South Lake Union, adding 607,000 square feet of office space to its footprint in the metro area.
Google’s Seattle area operations already represent the company’s third-largest engineering center in the nation, according to a Google spokesperson. Its office presence in the Seattle area is approaching 2 million square feet.
The four-building complex being unveiled today was announced in 2016 and developed by Vulcan Inc. across two blocks between Mercer Avenue and Valley Street on the south end of Lake Union. The complex also includes about 14,000 square feet of retail space at ground level and two residential towers that top two of the buildings and feature 149 apartment units.
Google also plans to occupy a 12-story office tower on a nearby third block slated to be under construction by year’s end and completed by mid-2021. That project will boost the company’s Lake Union campus to an estimated 930,000 square feet.
In addition, Google recently expanded its office presence in Kirkland, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported, with the acquisition of additional space that expands its office presence there to about 650,000 square feet, which is in addition to some 190,000 square feet of office space currently leased in Seattle’s Freemont neighborhood.
Google now has an estimated 4,500 employees in the Seattle area working on a range of projects, including Android, Chrome, Maps and more ― and it is continuing to hire, GeekWire reports.
“This new commitment is part of Google’s larger $13 billion investment in offices and data centers across the United States, which the company announced earlier this year,” states the press release announcing Google’s official unveiling of the first phase of its South Lake Union campus.