In a neighborhood where it’s tough to tell what might be an Amazon office building or just another apartment complex, Apple is moving into Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and erasing any doubt about who occupies 333 Dexter Ave.
Construction fencing has come down in recent days around the perimeter of the office building, which sits on the edge of Amazon’s urban campus. And white street-level signs bearing a blue Apple logo have gone up, along both Dexter Avenue to the east and Seventh Avenue to the west.
Apple first announced its plansfor a major expansion in Seattle in June 2019. The company said at the time that it would grow to 2,000 employees in the city over the next five years, calling Seattle a “key engineering hub.”
The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has had about 500 employees in Seattle, working out of Two Union Square, a 56-story office tower downtown.
The signage in South Lake Union is adeparture from what GeekWire reported in 2018, when the company’s name wasn’t even listed on the main directory in the Two Union Square lobby. “Most floors have little-to-no trace of Apple’s presence except key card readers outside entrances asking people to swipe their Apple ID badges,” GeekWire noted at the time.
Dexter 333, built on the site of the old KING 5 broadcasting headquarters, includes two 12-story office towers totaling 630,000 square feet. Using conventional office space ratios, the complex could hold approximately 3,000 to 4,500 workers.
Apple did not respond to GeekWire’s inquiry about how many workers it now plans to put in the space, what they’ll work on or when they might be moving in — especially as many tech workers are now doing their jobs remotely during the pandemic. We’ll update this post when we hear back.
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In 2019, Apple said it would be hiring for a wide range of engineering roles including in hardware and software and that the company was actively recruiting for iCloud in Seattle.
Apple’s plan to expand significantly outside of Silicon Valley took on a much different tone than Amazon’s so-called HQ2 search. In early 2018, Appleannounced plans建立一个第二校园低调和quietly spent the year making its decision. In December 2018, it revealed more details about the project, unveiling a plan to build a 15,000-person campus in Austin, with smaller 1,000-person offices in Seattle, Culver City, Calif., and San Diego.
333年以来苹果在德克斯特,other tech giants in South Lake Union have been scooping up more office space away from Seattle, on the other side of Lake Washington. Amazon hasbig plans in Bellevue; Google isgrowing in Kirkland; and Facebook bought what was going to be REI’sgiant new HQ in Bellevue.