Kirkland city officials can finally break out the champagne: Google is officially opening its long-delayed Kirkland campus with a press event on Oct. 28.
The search giant froze the campus project when the economy soured last November and tried subleasing more than a third of the three-building complex overlooking Lake Washington from Sixth Street.
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But as we reported in August, work resumed on the interior this summer, and Google decided to move from rented offices nearby around the end of September.
Now the company’s ready to bring in press and officials, including Kirkland Mayor James Lauinger, who will be present for the ceremonial opening on Oct. 28.
“We are so so happy to have them here,” said Ellen Miller-Wolfe, Kirkland’s economic development manager. “We really appreciate them as a magnet and anticipate all good things, including other IT companies … , will come to Kirkland because they’re here. They’re also great participants in charities and communtiy events.”
Google began hiring people in Kirkland in 2004 and now employs more than 400 people in space near the Park Place retail center. It first leased the new, 180,000-square-foot campus in the summer of 2007.
Here’s a picture (ex) Seattle Times photographer Thomas James Hurst took during construction in June 2008: