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Old Posted Jun 7, 2016, 5:12 PM
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Glazing Installation Begins at Amazon Biospheres

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The new three-tower headquarters for the online shopping giant Amazon is entrenching the company's place in Seattle. The first tower is already open, the second is nearly complete, and the third will soon accomplish the trifecta. Tying this complex together are three bubbling biospheres that are creating a striking silhouette erupting from the Denny Triangle neighbourhood.
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Those balls are a little tacky/Disneyworld.
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Other tech companies(Google, Facebook, Apple) should follow Amazon's example and move their headquarters to an urban area, because right now they're mostly in office park "creative campuses" If they actually gave a shit about the environment as they claim to, they would.
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They're getting close to a shoring permit for the third big tower, in the foreground of the last photo. Meanwhile they're continuing to grow their stable on shorter buildings to the north and west. Should be the equivalant of 9 or 10 of these big towers completed or underway by the end of this year within a walkable area.

As for other tech companies:

Google's local offices are currently in the Fremont neighborhooda couple miles north (a very walkable/bikable, semi-dense area, also home to major operations for Adobe, Tableau, Brooks Sports, etc.), plus a lowrise campus in suburban Kirkland, which is also a relatively walkable, and semi-dense area, or on the fringe of one. The Fremont offices will move to a larger 600,000 sf complex at the south end of Lake Union (northern fringe of greater Downtown), with those projects potentially starting this winter based upon permit status.

Expedia, which controls a large percentage of online travel including other brand names, plans to move from Downtown Bellevue to a campus on Elliott Bay a mile north of greater Downtown, in around 2018 I think. Something like 1.2 msf initially, reusing and expanding a former Amgen campus.

Pioneer Square and a lot of office towers also have a big tech presence. It's really everywhere in the core. The office tower presence is a new concept...once it was thought that urban techies didn't like office towers.
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What will be in those nifty glass balls? Never mind, saw the post at the top. Those will be amazing.
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They'll be filled with endangered species of plants/trees - http://www.businessinsider.com/amazo...species-2016-6
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Since this August photo, the fourth tower is now fully underway with shoring installation on the block just past this one. It'll be shorter at 24 stories plus a smaller adjacent building. Some of the second building will be a permanent homeless shelter.
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Amazon.com treats employees with rainforest workplace





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Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has opened a rainforest-like office space in Seattle that it hopes will prompt new ideas for employees.

While cities across North America are seeking to host Seattle-based Amazon's second headquarters, the world's largest online retailer is still expanding its main campus. Company office towers and high-end eateries have taken the place of warehouses and parking lots in Seattle's South Lake Union district. The Spheres complex, officially open to workers on Tuesday, is the pinnacle of a decade of development there.

The Spheres' three glass domes house some 40,000 plants of 400 species. Amazon, famous for its demanding work culture, hopes the Spheres' lush environs will let employees reflect and have chance encounters, spawning new products or plans.

The space is more like a greenhouse than a typical office. Instead of enclosed conference rooms or desks, there are walkways and unconventional meeting spaces with chairs.
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