Apple real estate leaders will join Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for a press conference Monday afternoon to announce further details on the company’s Seattle expansion. The event is at 333 Dexter, a South Lake Union office complex under construction that has been rumored for months to be the home of Apple’s major expansion. GeekWire will be on the scene, so stay tuned for more.
The project includes two 12-story office towers totaling 630,000 square feet. Using conventional office space ratios, the complex could hold approximately 3,000 to 4,500 workers, well beyond the more than 1,000 people Apple originally pledged to have to Seattle.
Apple’s move seriously increases competition for talent in the Seattle region and specifically South Lake Union, as the site is just blocks from Amazon’s headquarters campus and a rapidly growing outpost for Facebook.
Previous reports pegged Facebook to 333 Dexter, the site of the old KING 5 broadcasting headquarters.
In December, Apple announced a broad national expansion that included a $1 billion, 133-acre new campus in Austin, Texas, and significant growth in three other U.S. cities, including Seattle.
Apple’s initially revealed its expansion news in January 2018. It was largely overshadowed by the Amazon HQ2 search, the epic, year-long contest between cities that became one of the most visible and talked-about economic development deals of all time.
Since then, the company has been growing its presence at Seattle’s Two Union Square office tower. An expansion in the skyscraper last year gave Apple room for as many as 500 employees in the building.
Apple hasn’t said what projects the expanded Seattle outpost will focus on. In addition to AI, the Seattle office also works on iCloud. Apple’s job site lists 50 open positions, most of them focused on AI and Siri, Apple’s digital assistant.