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Brian Miller
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April 28, 2022

On the Block: Google makes opening of Kirkland Urban official

The first two office buildings at Kirkland Urban, north and central, were completed early in the pandemic, meaning very few Google office workers have occupied the shiny-new buildings. But as of this month, they're starting to trickle back in growing numbers. April 4 marked a voluntary return to the office for so-called Googlers — many accompanied by their dogs, some with their own Google ID badges dangling from collars. One was snoozing contentedly on the lobby floor as I entered the central building.

Those and other details came during a press tour last week of the central building, aka KUC, at 425 Urban Plaza, a new address. Google bought the campus, except the apartments, in 2019 for a reported $435.7 million. The first two buildings were then under construction; and the south building, KUS, broke ground in the spring of 2020 — then paused for months during the pandemic. Now with concrete about four levels above grade, it should open late next year or early in 2024.

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