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Vulcan announced it will develop four new office buildings for Google on Valley Street across from Lake Union Park in Seattle. The new space will be 60 percent larger than their current space in Fremont and will further bolster the already sky high value of the South Lake Union neighborhood. The two new office buildings will take up a total of 607,000 square feet. Additional retail space will fill up 14,000 square feet along Terry Avenue North and Mercer Street.

The company has been in Fremont for the last ten years on the edge of the Fremont cut, a stone’s throw from the biker friendly Burke-Gilman trail. No more organic lunch breaks at PCC and visits to the Troll for Google employees. Construction of the new building will start by 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2019, Vulcan reported to PSBJ.

Google currently employs 1,900 people in Washington state and growth is anticipated to continue. The Kirkland offices of Google have more than doubled in size, expanding to a 180,000 square foot facility to accommodate growth. The Puget Sound employees of Google work on products including Cloud, Chrome, Android, Ads, Maps and more.

Concurrently with the new office space, Vulcan will develop two residential towers with a total of 151 apartments. The towers will rise eight stories above the six-story office podiums at the southeast corner of Valley and Boren Avenue North, and the northeast corner of Terry Avenue North and Mercer Street.

The South Lake Union offices will be designed by Graphite Design Group, the same company that is working on Amazon’s new buildings. The residential towers will be designed by Runberg Architecture Group. South Lake Union is rapidly becoming Seattle’s hottest and most happening neighborhood, and this latest move by Google is the high-tech icing on the cake.

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