Amazon is making more real estate moves east of Seattle, adding hundreds of Amazon Web Services roles in Redmond, Wash. The tech giant is also adding more space in Redmond for its Project Kuiper satellite operation.
The plans, announced Tuesday, come as Amazon has shown a growing fondness for growing across Lake Washington from the company’s sprawling Seattle city headquarters. Most of that growth has been centered in Bellevue, Washington, where Amazon is renting and building enough new space to house 25,000 employees.
Amazon said in a blog post that more than 800 new AWS jobs, including software developers, UX designers, and technical program managers, will be located at Redmond Town Center. The number is in addition to the 600 previously announced jobs. They will be based in a new 137,000-square-foot location at 16331 NE 72nd Way, with mixed-use office space to be completed next year.
The company is also investing in a new laboratory space in Redmond for research and development related to the Kuiper Project, the initiative that will create a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites to increase global access to broadband. Amazon said a new 22,000-square-foot facility “will provide additional space for our growing team and help accelerate research, development and testing for the program,” but the company did not share a direction.
Amazon previously announced its Project Kuiper plans for Redmond in December 2019.
“Amazon’s ongoing engagements in Redmond not only demonstrate the strength of the talent pool in our city, but we’ve also created a business-friendly, convenience-rich environment in which companies large and small continue to grow and hire,” he said. Redmond Mayor Angela Birney said in a statement in Tuesday’s blog post.
Redmond, Microsoft’s former suburban headquarters, is currently home to 400 Amazon employees, and the company says it has more than 200 job openings in the city.
Amazon adjusted its post-pandemic return-to-work guidance for corporate employees in early June, with plans to allow for a combination of remote and in-person work. Amazon said its new baseline will be three days a week in the office and the option to work remotely for up to two days a week.
Amazon employs more than 60,000 corporate and technology employees in the Puget Sound region. Disputes with the Seattle City Council over the company’s impact on the community and the city’s efforts to impose new taxes on large companies accelerated Amazon’s interest in growing beyond its presence in Seattle. In 2019, after a previous tax battle, the company announced plans to move its global operations to Bellevue.