Like the Japanese Keiretsu concept where competitors occupy diametrically positioned headquarters, the burgeoning Google site occupies space directly across from one of Amazon’s original office buildings. The new real estate will bring the future Google campus size to a total of nearly 930,000 square feet.
While Amazon has been focused outwardly on a new location for its second corporate headquarters, dubbed HQ2, Google has been gobbling up nearly every square foot of available real estate in Fremont with PacMan-like efficiency, eating up space from tech companies like Tableau. At the same time, the GooglePlex in Kirkland, Wa. is reportedly also expanding.
As of March, Google employed 3,000 people in the Seattle area up from 1,900 two years ago. The new employment goal for downtown Seattle has not been tallied.
However, last year, a Google executive said the company’s cloud division will anchor the South Lake Union campus. Evidently, the cloud over Silicon Lake has a silicon lining. [24×7]