Google this week announced plans to invest more than $7 billion in offices and data centers and create at least 10,000 new full-time Google jobs across the United States in 2021, including continuing construction of campuses in Kirkland and Seattle.
Google, which has been in Washington state since 2011, has more than 6,300 employees in Puget Sound.
In Kirkland, Google is advancing plans for two new campuses in addition to its existing 375,000-square-foot campus at 451 7th Ave S., according to a news release. Its new Kirkland Urban campus will span four buildings and approximately 760,000 square feet of office space upon completion.
Google acquired the Kirkland Urban East site last year. The North building has been completed, and construction is underway on the South and Central buildings, the release said. The company’s additional planned campus in Kirkland, on the site of the former Lee Johnson Chevrolet dealership, is in the early stages. Google finalized a purchase and sale agreement last November and is planning development of the site. The acquisition deal is expected to close in phases over the next several years.
“Google’s expansion in Kirkland highlights our region’s well-deserved reputation for innovation, having a highly trained workforce, and a strong education pipeline,” U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene said in the release. “These new investments will bring good-paying jobs to the area and come at a critical time as we begin to build our economy back better than before. I look forward to working with Google, local businesses, and community partners to ensure this growth helps to fuel more, equitable opportunity for our region.”
In Seattle, Google continues construction on Block 38. The 330,000-square-foot building, which is located on the corner of Westlake Avenue and Mercer Street, serves as an extension of the company’s South Lake Union campus. Google’s South Lake Union campus will span a total of five buildings encompassing 900,000 square feet of office space upon completion next year, the release said.
“As Washingtonians move forward in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Google’s decision to expand in Washington state is welcome news,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in the release. “We’re excited to partner with Google on these new investments in support of our construction workforce and long term job opportunities in computer engineering and technology related fields. This announcement comes at a critical time, as we transition from economic relief to recovery. I look forward to continuing to work with Google to ensure that their growth creates equitable opportunity for all people across our region.”
Google also released its 2020 Economic Impact Report this week. Among findings was that Google helped provide $17.29 billion of economic activity for 52,800 Washington businesses, publishers, nonprofits, creators, and developers. More than 398,000 Washington businesses received requests for directions, phone calls, bookings, reviews, and other direct connections to their customers from Google last year, the report added.
The company also awarded more than $19 million in grants to Washington-based nonprofits and organizations, and provided $14.84 million of in-kind search advertising credit to Washington nonprofits through the Google Ad Grants program, the report said.