Six months after announcing that they planned a massive Seattle expansion, tech giant Apple appears to have found a landing place in South Lake Union. As GeekWire reports, Apple’s new project includes “two 12-story office towers totaling 630,000 square feet,” which could comfortably accommodate an estimated 3,000 to 4,500 employees.
In recent years, South Lake Union has emerged as a tech hub, home to current and planned offices for Amazon, Google and Facebook, among others. Apple’s initial Emerald City growth announcement was somewhat shadowed by the Amazon HQ2 Announcement, but is now grabbing headlines as it joins local giants and over 100 startups and out-of-town companies in the area.
According to GeekWire, Apple’s new presence in Seattle could rival Facebook (which employs approximately 3,000 employees locally) but still pales in comparison to Amazon (clocking in at over 45,000 employees) and Microsoft (at 51,000).