Google boom: Kirkland campus to double

by Brier Dudley, Seattle Times  |  published on March 14, 2013

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The Seattle area is feeling lucky.

Google announced Tuesday that it’s doubling the size of its campus in Kirkland, creating room to hire 1,000 more employees.

The project comes amid a remarkable surge of investment by tech companies in the Seattle market, including Amazon.com’s enormous (and growing) Seattle campus, Microsoft’s efforts to fill thousands of new positions, and a steady stream of tech giants following Google’s footsteps to establish satellite engineering offices in the area.

Google’s two new buildings are expected to open in 2015 on what’s now a vacant lot below the three-building campus that it moved in to less than four years ago. Design work has just started, but the tentative plan is for a dramatic skybridge over a rail corridor through the site, joining the old and new buildings.

“We think that the opportunity here is really huge,” said Chee Chew, a former Microsoft engineer who joined Google in 2007 and became director of its Kirkland site last year.

Public officials lauded the move in a media event at the campus Tuesday evening.

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