Tech giant, Google, has announced plans to add two new buildings and expand it’s Kirkland campus, making room for 1,000 additional emplyees! The announcement was made on Tuesday by a Google spokesperson at a press conference attended by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee:
“It is something to celebrate — for all Washingtonians to celebrate,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.
The Seattle Times reports Google has been adding employees since it opened a sales office in 2006 in Seattle. The Seattle and Kirkland offices employ more than 1,000 people. There are three existing buildings on the Kirkland campus where employees have worked on Google Voice, Google Talk and parts of the Chrome browser. (Google is based in Mountain View, Calif., and has nearly 40,000 employees worldwide.)
Slated to open in 2015, employees are putting together a wish list for some of the amenities for the new buildings in Kirkland. It will be hard to raise the bar above what currently exists in the Kirkland campus, where they already have a climbing wall, two kitchens, music jam rooms, espresso bars and motorboats “docked” indoors, serving as informal meeting rooms and work spaces!
Kirkland City Manager, Kurt Triplett, and the City of Kirkland are reportedly “over the moon” about Google’s plan to expand in the city.
(Rendering courtesy of DLR Group)