Expansion Anticipated to Double Google’s Kirkland Footprint by End of 2015
A groundbreaking ceremony is planned today for the expansion of Google’s Kirkland Campus, for an extension that will double the size of Google’s third-largest engineering center in the country. The ceremony will be held at the site of the expanded campus in Kirkland. Speakers at the event will include U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride.
“We’re excited to expand our presence in Kirkland, where we have one of our largest engineering offices outside our headquarters in Mountain View,” said Chee Chew, Kirkland Campus Director. “This represents our commitment to the area, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the community and the City of Kirkland.”
The Kirkland campus is currently home to over 600 employees, including engineering teams working on high profile Google products such as Google+, Cloud, and Chrome. The size of the expanded Kirkland site is estimated at over 180,000 square feet. Google leases the space from SRMKII, LLC, who owns the site and will build the new space to Google’s specifications, with construction slated for completion by the end of 2015. The building will be constructed for maximum efficiency, and will target LEED certification.
"Google is here for the same reason that so many companies are - because Washington state is a great place to live and work,” said Suzan DelBene, U.S. Representative for Washington's 1st congressional district. “This groundbreaking is an exciting event representing the strength of our local tech industry, and we’re fortunate to have Google make such a long-term investment in the community, creating good jobs.”
The expansion will feature many of the amenities currently found in other Google offices including a café. Google has a company-wide commitment to healthy workplaces; amenities already in place at the Kirkland campus include on-site fitness and massage centers, a climbing wall, cafes, cooking classes, kayak rentals, and a dog-friendly office with a dog park.
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google has over 1,000 employees in Washington State; since 2011, Google has awarded more than $3 million to non-profits and schools in Washington State. Its latest round of 2012 grants focused on efforts that help to reduce communities’ carbon footprints. More information about Google’s green initiatives can be found at google.com/green/