On April 21, Google officially opened phase one of its new Kirkland Urban campus and announced plans to invest more than $100 million in Washington state in 2022.
In Kirkland, Google officially opened the North and Central buildings at its Kirkland Urban campus, which will span a total of four buildings and approximately 760,000 square feet of Google office space upon completion. Construction is proceeding on the South building, which is expected to open in 2023, and the East tower, which is expected to open in 2025.
Kirkland Urban is a mixed-use shopping, living and dining destination in the heart of Kirkland featuring restaurants and retailers such as QFC Supermarkets, Chainline Brewing, Shake Shack and Dough Zone.
Google claims the tech company has plans to invest approximately $9.5 billion in offices and data centers and create at least 12,000 new full-time Google jobs across the U.S. this year.
Google has called Washington state home since 2004, and currently has over 7,200 full-time employees in the Puget Sound region. Google’s Puget Sound offices include spaces in South Lake Union, Fremont, Kirkland 6th Street, and Kirkland Urban.
In Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, Google is making continued progress on Block 38, the 330,000-square-foot office building expected to open later this year. Once Block 38 is completed, Google’s South Lake Union campus presence will include five buildings spanning about 900,000 square feet of office space.
“Google’s ongoing investment in Seattle and Kirkland demonstrates that Washington continues to be one of the best places in the nation to live and work,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “I commend their commitment to operating on 24/7 carbon-free energy in all their data centers and campuses worldwide by 2030. Google’s new Kirkland Urban campus is on-track for LEED Gold certification and provides another example of how employers can bolster Washington’s position as a center for the nation’s top talent and a place where sustainability is prioritized.”
Google is proceeding with development and design planning for its additional planned campus in Kirkland, on the site of the former Lee Johnson Chevrolet dealership. The acquisition deal for this site is expected to officially close in phases over the next several years.
“It’s great to see our vibrant WA-01 technology hub continue to grow!” said U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. “To remain a leader in technology and innovation, our country needs to renew its commitment to a strong STEM education and ensure that all of our kids have access to these opportunities.”
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