Inside the lobby at the Google office in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Runner1928

Inside the lobby at the Google office in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Runner1928

Google to expand Kirkland reach

The company, according to public records, filed new building permit applications with the city.

Public records show that Google applied for a building permit application in Kirkland earlier this month. The form, dated Aug. 2, states that Google intends to make tenant improvements on the first floor of Central Way Plaza, 720 Fourth Ave.

Central Way Plaza is across the street from Kirkland Urban, a building where Google is slated to soon officially take up residence.

The permit filing, first reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal, follows the recent announcement from the Broderick Group that Google will eventually cover about 1 million square feet in Kirkland. The space currently being used by the first Kirkland building covers about 375,000 square feet.

Kirkland Urban, in contrast, offers about 600,000 square feet of office space. Google, which has begun transitioning employees into the space, is en route to taking up about 120,000 square feet of space.

Google did not respond to requests for comment regarding the new development.

On the application, the project is described as an interior alteration, and is referred to as a “Google Tenant Space.”

“This project will consist of a mix of office, large conference space and cafeteria on Level 1,” the application states. “This project also includes structural upgrades to the slabs on Level 1 to support the cafeteria and conference space.”

This particular project will cover about 11,452 square feet, with the market value of the construction work put at $2,365,800, according to the application.

This isn’t the first project in the greater Seattle area Google has launched. The company also has plans for Redmond, Bellevue, Fremont and South Lake Union. The latter location, which was announced in 2016, is scheduled to open this summer, as previously reported by GeekWire.

Behind its California headquarters and New York City, Seattle has become Google’s largest and most-targeted market since establishing itself in the area 15 years ago. Google’s Seattle reach is most challenged by Facebook, which employs more than 3,000 people in the area.


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