Construction is finally beginning this week on Google’s huge expansion of its Kirkland campus.
The company announced in March that it was planning to double the size of the campus on Sixth Street South, creating room for 1,000 more employees. It’s already the company’s third-largest engineering center behind headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., and its New York City offices.
A groundbreaking ceremony is now scheduled for Thursday with state, local and federal officials. The 180,000 square foot expansion is expected to be done by the end of 2015.
Google began hiring engineers in the area in 2004 and is now one of the Seattle area’s largest tech employers. Teams in Kirkland work on Chrome, Google+ and other high-profile projects for the search giant.