Amazon is doing more real estate moves east of Seattle, adding hundreds of Amazon Web Services roles in Redmond, Wash. The tech giant is also adding more space to Redmond for its Project Kuiper satellite operation.
The plans, announced on Tuesday, come as Amazon has shown a growing penchant for growth across Lake Washington, opposite the company’s sprawling urban headquarters in Seattle. The majority of that growth has been centered in Bellevue, Washington, where Amazon is leasing and building enough new space to locate 25,000 employees.
Amazon said in a blog post that more than 800 new AWS jobs – including software developers, UX designers, and technical program managers – will be located at Redmond Town Center. This number is in addition to the 600 jobs previously announced. They will be based in a new 137,000 square foot location at 16331 NE 72nd Way, with mixed-use offices to be completed next year.
The company is also investing in a new laboratory space in Redmond for research and development related to Project Kuiper, the initiative that will create a constellation of low-earth orbit satellites to increase global access to broadband. Amazon said a new 22,000 square foot facility “provides additional space for our growing team and will help accelerate research, development and testing for the program,” but the company did not share any comments. ‘address.
Amazon previously announced its Project Kuiper plans for Redmond in December 2019.
“Amazon’s continued commitments to Redmond demonstrate not only the strength of our city’s talent pool, but also the fact that we have created an environment rich in equipment and conducive to business in which companies, large and small, continue to grow. grow and hire, ”said the Mayor of Redmond. Angela Birney said in a statement posted on her blog Tuesday.
A longtime suburban Microsoft headquarters, Redmond currently has 400 Amazon employees, and the company says it has more than 200 open positions in the city.
Amazon adjusted its post-pandemic return-to-work guidelines for company employees in early June, with plans to allow a mix of remote and in-person work. Amazon said its new baseline will be three days a week in the office and the ability to work remotely up to two days a week.
Amazon employs more than 60,000 business and technology workers in the Puget Sound area. Disputes with Seattle City Council over the company’s impact on the community and the city’s efforts to impose new taxes on large corporations have accelerated Amazon’s interest in moving away from its footprint at headquarters from Seattle. In 2019, after a prior tax battle, the company announced its intention to move its global operations to Bellevue.