Amazon to Open Gigantic Office in Vancouver That Could House More Than 1,000 Workers

Posted by Rob Lewis

Amazon plans to open a gargantuan office in Vancouver, Techvibes has learned.

The venerable online retailer plans on taking up space in the Telus Garden, a massive residential and office development currently under construction in the heart of downtown Vancouver. We reached out to insiders to get a feel for the scope of the office and we were blown away by how big it's evidently going to be.

According to Matthew Carlson, an Associate Vice President with Colliers International, Amazon has committed to a staggering 91,000 square feet in the Garden, and may take up to 156,000 square feet "as required." Assuming a conservative 150 square feet per office worker—well in line with most modern technology offices—Amazon's office could house well over 1,000 workers.

 

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We decided to compare this to other technology firms either headquartered in Vancouver or with offices in the city. Local social media titan HootSuite's new bulletproof headquarters are 34,000 square feet and currently houses about 300 employees (about 113 square feet per person), while Facebook's "temporary" engineering office is approximately 19,000 and is built for up to 150 workers (about 126 square feet per person). Salesforce's Vancouver office is about 17,500 square feet, according to Carlson.

 

 

Carlson learned of Amazon's plans at the Vancouver Real Estate Leasing Conference last week.  A representative from Jones Lang LaSalle shared the Amazon news during a session on how the tech world is impacting the Vancouver leasing market.

He says Amazon is slated to take possession of the prime real estate in 2015.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Edited to reflect clarity of sources.

Company:
Amazon
Website:
http://www.amazon.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of... more

Company:
HootSuite Media, Inc.
Website:
http://www.hootsuite.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

HootSuite is a social relationship platform for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute social media strategies across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audience, and distribute targeted messages using HootSuite’s unique social media dashboard. Streamline team workflow with scheduling and assignment tools and reach audiences... more

Company:
Facebook
Website:
http://www.facebook.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

Company:
Salesforce.com
Website:
http://www.salesforce.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company that is leading the shift to the Social Enterprise. Our trusted cloud platform and apps—including our flagship CRM solution—help employees collaborate easily and connect with customers like never before. And thanks to the cloud, all of it comes with low cost, low risk, and fast results. Our 100,000+ successful customers tell the story best. more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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