Amazon's Hiring Spree Will Fill 1.7 Million Square Feet of Office Space in Seattle

Amazon is on a hiring spree, and what better way to illustrate it than to look at the company’s brand new headquarters, spanning more than 1.7 million square feet.

A story in the Seattle Times this weekend detailed the company’s growing pains as it nears an end to a years-long process to relocate from a number of buildings around town to a centralized campus in downtown Seattle.

The e-commerce giant now occupies seven buildings covering 845,000 square feet, and has long-term leases to occupy more than 1.7 million square feet, including four buildings still to come.

On a worldwide basis, Amazon is gobbling up talent right and left.

In 2010, its ranks swelled by 9,400 positions to 33,700 employees.

It now lists openings for 1,900 jobs in Seattle, which is twice as many as a year ago, The Seattle Times reports. Of those, more than 900 are for technical positions.

Amazon has chosen to relocate in an area just outside of the downtown core that is being revitalized by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate venture. Called South Lake Union, Allen envisions the area being a magnet for biotech and other tech companies.

Since Allen started investing in the neighborhood, it’s become home to a ton of new lofts and townhomes, a mix of new restaurants, hotels, stores and an electric streetcar that connects the corridor to downtown.

Separately, Vulcan Real Estate announced today that it had completed the third phase of Amazon.com’s new headquarters, with two new office buildings now fully occupied. When completed, the project will have five phases, totaling 11 buildings, some new and some historic. Phase IV is currently under construction and includes three buildings set to open this spring. The final phase, which includes one new office building, has also broken ground and will open in 2013.


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