Apple is expanding its presence in Seattle significantly, announcing Monday to open a 650,000-square-foot office in the city this year, and expanding its city staff to 2,000 employees over the next five years. Two hundred of the employees will be added by the end of the year.
Apple VP for Global Real Estate and Facilities Kristina Raspe announced the expansion at a press conference held by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Monday.
"Under this plan, Seattle will become a core engineering hub for Apple, with new positions spread across many specialty fields, including hardware, software and services," Raspe said. "We are actively recruiting for many of our teams, including engineering positions for iCloud."
The conference was held at 333 Dexter, the development that will be Apple's new Seattle office. Ther real estate was rumored to be a Seattle office for a tech company, according to GeekWire. Facebook and Amazon were thrown around as potential residents, according to The Seattle Times. The location neighbors the Amazon headquarters in the South Lake Union area of Seattle.
The 333 Dexter property measures 635,000 square feet of space according to Kilroy Realty's press release ̵
Apple announced in December 2018 that it would build a $ 1 billion campus in Austin, Texas with room for 15,000 employees. In the same press release, the company focused on Seattle, promising to build a new site and reach 1,000 employees in the city before 2022.
On Monday's press conference, Mayor Durkan called Apple's expansion in Seattle, "a reminder that our city has become a real economy and technological superpower. "
" We know that we must also increase many things in this city to make it work, "Durkan said. He recognizes that innovation for less expensive housing and better public transport is both crucial.