Actually it was politicians and Paul Allen’s development team that did the ceremonial shovel thing this morning at Amazon’s immense new headquarters.
Construction started a year ago on the 10-building, 1.7-million-square-foot campus just south of Lake Union. Amazon employees will move into the first buildings next May and the whole thing will be done by 2012.
“This is what a community is about, this is what this community is all about,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said before she, Mayor Greg Nickels and City Councilwoman Jan Drago wielded the golden shovels in a sandbox erected just for the show.
The campus takes up about a third of the 5 million square feet of space Paul Allen has amassed in the formerly blue collar area between downtown and the lake. Allen and Jeff Bezos didn’t make the event; maybe they were toasting each other on a boat somewhere.
Look how fast those politicians dig! Here they are in the parking lot on the upper left:
Another angle of the world’s largest bookstore’s new home, looking toward the lake: