Google's new space in Bothell

Google continues to gobble up office space in the Seattle area, expanding its operations in Fremont and establishing a mysterious new facility in Bothell, GeekWire has learned. The addition of more space in Fremont, where the company has operated an engineering center for the past four years, is not a surprise since Getty Images just vacated its headquarters in the neighborhood. After Getty decided to move to the International District, Google pounced on the space.

But what’s even more interesting is the new office space in Bothell, located northeast of Seattle. Google is being a bit cagey about what’s going on there, releasing this short statement when asked about it.

“We’ve relocated a group of employees from our Kirkland office to (a) nearby facility,” the statement said. A Google spokesperson later confirmed that the facility is in Bothell, but declined to say where or offer more details.

Real estate and industry sources tell GeekWire that the company has taken space at the Schnitzer North Creek Technology Campus. One source said that the company had secured about 40,000 square feet, enough room for about 200 employees. Another source indicated that the company could take up to 60,000 square feet in the building.

UPDATE: GeekWire’s Todd Bishop stopped by the new office space today, and reports that it is still being built out with construction crews working on the interior.

In terms of the Fremont facility, the company had already sublet space in the Getty headquarters, but the new arrangement adds even more room for the company’s growth.

A spokesperson for the search giant declined to say how much space it secured in the Getty deal. And Brian Bershad, Google’s Seattle engineering director, issued this short statement when the company was contacted by GeekWire today.

“We’re excited to expand our presence in Seattle,” said Bershad. “There’s a strong pipeline of talent in Washington and we now have more than 850 employees in our Seattle and Kirkland offices working on a variety of key products including Google Search, Chrome and Google Plus.”

Interestingly, the statement makes no mention of the new Bothell operation. However, with three facilities located throughout the region, the company could be able to draw on technology talent no matter where they live. That could become even more important after tolling takes effect on the 520 floating bridge, which connects Seattle to Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond.

So, what’s next? Google Renton?

Given the growth of the company in recent months, I wouldn’t rule it out. During the second quarter, Google added 2,400 employees worldwide, bringing its total workforce to 28,768 employees.

The company established its first office in Kirkland in October 2004, and it has quickly grown from a handful of employees into a thriving engineering center. A new 55,000 square foot building was just opened in June in Kirkland to accommodate the growth.

Google established a Fremont sales office in 2006, adding a satellite engineering office the following year.

The growth spurt in Washington state comes as Silicon Valley tech giants — including Facebook, Zynga and Salesforce.com — establish engineering offices in the Seattle area. Just last month, we reported that Facebook is already looking at expanding its operations in the region, eyeing space that could accommodate up to 200 more workers.

I think it is safe to say that the war for talent in Seattle is heating up.

FOLLOW-UP: Google’s new Bothell facility could hold 840 workers

Comments

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Google for continuing to show faith in Seattle’s engineering base!

  • Guest

    Location makes sense. Easy access to both sides of the lake while avoiding soon-to-be-instituted tolls.

  • Roogle

    Seriously, the best engineering jobs are in Medellin, Colombia. Beautiful women (that actually like geeks), start-up culture, innovative and modern technology centers, low cost-of-living, and amazing views. Also, it’s incredibly safe and nothing like I would have expected…much better than I could have imagined! You’re all missing out;)

    • johnhcook

      Well, not sure I am ready to make that move. But after this cold Seattle summer, Columbia doesn’t sound too bad.

    • Admin

      Too bad I am already married. Well, maybe in my next life.

  • http://www.compassionateactionnetwork.com dakini_3

    This is absolutely awesome! As a Google+ Beta Tester (who is Alpha Testing a Google+ Speaker Channel on behalf of TEDxRainier), I cannot speak highly enough about this company’s prospects and refreshingly humane culture … Redmond take notes …

  • http://www.compassionateactionnetwork.com dakini_3

    This is absolutely awesome! As a Google+ Beta Tester (who is Alpha Testing a Google+ Speaker Channel on behalf of TEDxRainier), I cannot speak highly enough about this company’s prospects and refreshingly humane culture … Redmond take notes …

  • Morton Sbotnick

    Google is moving geo contracts from Kirkland to Bothell. 

    • johnhcook

      I’ve heard that as well about the geo/mapping contractors, but Google isn’t talking about what’s going on in the new Bothell office. If that’s the case, it could open a chunk of space in the existing Kirkland facility. Thanks for the insight and the comment Morton.

  • Morton Sbotnick

    Google is moving geo contracts from Kirkland to Bothell. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.goolsbee Chuck Goolsbee

    Odd to see that ‘Building A” in that campus is still un-finished. If I recall correctly it was being built for Enron a decade ago when everything went Tango Uniform with that outfit. The pilings they drove for that project made noise for MONTHS back in the day! I worked in North Creek from 1998 through 2005 – it is a nice area. Excellent connectivity through plentiful fiber-optics (lots of carriers have glass in the ground and POPs in the area.) The salmon return to North Creek each fall. The walking paths are awesome. Teriyaki ETC is great. The Main Street Ale House and Hana Sushi are a very short drive away for lunchtime. (Hobin-san cuts a mean fish!)

  • tescon fuhr

    Bothell’s current city council is business-friendly. They’ve been working on bringing business in.  Looks like it might be paying off.

  • tescon fuhr

    Bothell’s current city council is business-friendly. They’ve been working on bringing business in.  Looks like it might be paying off.

  • Conniesblack

    hurray my new son in law is going to work here i think its the right place  hurray foe google 

  • Conniesblack

    hurray my new son in law is going to work here i think its the right place  hurray foe google 

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