Google already has a large presence in Seattle. Now it’s looking to do the same in Portland.
The company has inked a lease for space in the U.S. Bank building in downtown Portland. Google isn’t saying how many employees it will hire in Portland, but The Oregonian notes that the company now has 15,000 square-feet of space. Meanwhile, The Portland Business Journal reported that there are 100 employees expected to be working inside the new office soon.
Google first set up shop in Portland back in 2010 after its acquisition of Instantiations Inc. and has about 20 employees working there now, but the new office indicates that the company wants to grow its engineering outpost in the Rose City. It’s one of many out-of-town tech companies — eBay, New Relic, Airbnb, etc. — that have offices in Portland.
Google arrived in Seattle more than a decade ago with a modest office in Kirkland. It has since leased more space in Bothell and Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, and moved into a new Kirkland building where it is set to open a 180,000 square-foot expansion by the end of this year.
Update: Google confirmed the new lease, but noted that there are no plans for immediate growth. The company added that it simply out-grew its previous office space, which did not provide “optimal work areas.”