Amazon Adds 800 Offices, Tech Jobs to Growing Irvine Tech Hub – The Orange County Register

Amazon announced Tuesday that it is expanding into Southern California, adding “more than 800 corporate and tech jobs” in Irvine.

The company said that hiring will be done in the next few years. Amazon was not specific about the timeline.

To accommodate its growth, the company has signed a lease for 116,000 square feet of office space at Spectrum Terrace, an office complex under development and owned by the Irvine Company. Amazon said it would move to the office location later this year.

The Irvine Spectrum Office community continues to attract major star power. Irvine, on Spectrum Center Drive, is home to the company’s twin towers Mazda North America operations and BlackBerry, which in 2019 bought Irvine-based cybersecurity firm Silence for $1.4 billion.

Amazon said this week that it has leased 116,000 square feet in Irvine Company’s Spectrum Terrace, which is undeveloped. The e-commerce giant is adding “over 800 corporate and tech jobs” to Irvine. (Rendering courtesy of The Irvine Company)

“Economic growth, especially job creation, is critical to the development of our city,” Irvine Mayor Farah Khan said in an Amazon statement.

She said Amazon’s expansion was a testament to our city’s talent pool.

“Investments like Amazon act as a vote of confidence for Irvine and these 800 new corporate and tech roles will continue to unlock economic opportunities for our community,” she said.

The Spectrum Terrace Complex is completing work on its third and final phase, consisting of three four-storey buildings, combined with 345,000 square feet in an office hub. Construction should be done by August, the company said last summer.

The complex will defy most traditional workplace precincts by incorporating poolside cabanas set alongside an Olympic-length pool. The Irvine Company said there will be outdoor meeting spaces, high-end locker rooms and gourmet grab-and-go meals.

The first two phases of the complex have been leased to Alterix, Costar Group, iHerb, Kajabi and RSM. The office complex is at the intersection of 405, 5 and 133 freeways.

Amazon plans to hire a combined 2,500 office and tech jobs in three counties, as well as tech centers in Santa Monica and San Diego.

The Santa Monica Tech Hub is on a 200,000-square-foot lease in the Water Garden. According to JPMorgan Asset Management, the new site will open in mid-2023. In San Diego, the company is moving into a 123,000-square-foot space in the University Town Center.

In Tech Hub employees support Amazon’s divisions in retail, games, web services and operations.

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