Apple needs at least 76,000 additional square feet of office space for Seattle expansion

by Ashley Stewart | December 14, 2018 | Puget Sound Business Journal

Apple Inc. plans to grow to more than 1,000 Seattle employees by 2022, and the company will likely need more than 75,000 additional square feet of space to do it.

The company has had an office in Seattle’s Two Union Square at 601 Union St. since at least 2015. Building permits show Apple has space on floors 38, 43, 44 and 45.

Apple leases all of floors 38, 43, 44 and half of 45, according to commercial real estate industry sources.

An August 2017 building permit lists 21,254 square feet for Apple on floor 38 and a Two Union Square leasing brochure lists 30,586 square feet across floor 44 and half of floor 45. A brochure or building permit listing square footage for floor 43 is unavailable, but all floor plates for One and Two Union Square are 18,400 to 21,700 square feet.

Generously, Apple has an estimated 74,000 square feet in the building, or enough to fit nearly 500 employees using the industry standard of 150 square feet per employee.

Using that standard, the company still needs around 76,000 square feet to reach 1,000 employees in Seattle.

Apple and Two Union Square manager and part owner Washington Holdings have yet to respond to requests for more information.

Two Union Square has about 33,000 square feet of available space, according to the project’s website, across floors one, two, five, 16, 37 and 53.

Millions have already been spent on Apple’s Seattle office. A May 2017 building permit lists a nearly $1.3 million project on floors 43, 44 and 45, and an August 2017 building permit lists a nearly $1.7 million project on floor 38.

A document Apple signed in May states that the company first signed a lease in the building on June 16, 2015, and appears to have expanded in the building beginning Feb. 24, 2017, when the lease was last amended.

Despite rumors Apple has explored office space in Bellevue, there are no indications the company has signed any deals.

A building permit filed around that time in Bellevue listed the project name “Apple” at the 405 Gateway building at 11711 SE 8th St., but it doesn’t appear to be an Apple office.

Apple was said to previously be eyeing Bellevue’s Center 425 building, but Amazon swooped in and snagged the lease.

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