Offices Opened Today Double Google’s Third Largest U.S. Engineering Center
Today Google officially opened the expansion of its Kirkland campus, doubling the size of Google’s Kirkland campus. Google’s Puget Sound Operations represent their third-largest engineering center in the country. Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene kicked off the official opening ceremony with remarks on Google’s contribution to Washington state’s thriving tech industry.
“We’re thrilled to begin work in our expanded Kirkland offices, where we have one of our larger engineering offices outside our headquarters in Mountain View,” said Darcy Nothnagle, Google’s head of external affairs for the NW. “The completion of the expansion will allow us to continue innovating and producing world-class products.”
The Kirkland campus is home to engineering teams working on high profile Google products such as Hangouts, Cloud, Chrome and Ads. The size of the total expanded Kirkland site is estimated at over 375,000 square feet, spread over four buildings. Google leases the space from SRMKII, LLC, who built the new space to Google’s specifications, including targeting LEED platinum specifications.
The new building is on a site that formerly housed a chemical mixing and packaging plant. After completing an environmental cleanup in 2012, Google’s property developer, SRMKII, at Google's request, conducted a second cleanup to voluntarily surpass state standards and remove all detectable remaining contamination at the property, even small pockets of chemicals, at concentrations safely below state cleanup levels. The Washington Department of Ecology has called the cleanup “cleaner than clean” and plans to remove the area from the state’s contaminated sites list.
“Google is here for the same reason that so many companies are - because Washington state is one of the best places in the nation to live and work,” said Governor Jay Inslee. "We’re fortunate that leading-edge companies like Google are invested in our state’s strong tech industry.”
The opening event began with a ribbon cutting and included tours of the offices and demonstrations of products including Google Cardboard, which reduces barriers to accessing virtual reality technology. The expansion features many of the amenities currently found in other Google offices including a café, cooking classes and a dog-friendly office with a dog park. Google has a company-wide commitment to healthy workplaces; amenities already in place at the Kirkland campus include on-site fitness and massage centers and a climbing wall.