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06/15/2020

Amazon supports AWS with planned office expansion

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Rendering of Amazon's new Redmond, WA facility
Rendering of Amazon's new Redmond, WA facility

Amazon is securing 111,000-sq.-ft. of additional office space in Redmond, Wash. for Amazon Web Services (AWS) employees.

The new office space in the Redmond Town Center development will host tech and engineering teams supporting Amazon Web Services’ database services and will open in 2021 with capacity for more than 600 employees. 

Since 2010, Amazon says it has invested more than $38 billion in the Puget Sound region, including infrastructure and compensation, creating more than 55,000 jobs in the region. The e-tail giant also estimates that its investments have contributed to the creation of an additional 244,000 jobs on top of our direct hires. 

In February, Amazon said it is on track to hire more than 15,000 employees in Bellevue, a Seattle suburb in the Puget Sound region, in the next few years. To support this growth, Amazon plans to build common space along NE 6th Street in Bellevue, including a ground level with thousands of square feet reserved for local retail and other uses, including a day care center to support Bellevue families. The development also includes a new meeting center to host company and community events.

"Our new Redmond office is part of our plan to continue growing and creating jobs in the Puget Sound region," said John Schoettler, Amazon VP of global real estate and facilities. "In addition to Redmond’s strong existing talent pool and close access to our Seattle and Bellevue locations, these new facilities will also provide more flexible work options for employees, allowing us to continue our sustainable growth in the region for years to come."

"AWS finished 2019 as nearly a $40 billion run rate business and it continues to grow," said Shawn Bice, VP of databases for Amazon Web Services. "We continue to build new capabilities and services at an accelerating pace to meet and anticipate customers' needs, and you can expect us to continue to innovate and invest not only across our database services, but in other key areas like compute, storage, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and so much more, in order to do so."