Amazon has begun to assemble a mega-campus in Sunnyvale next to the eastern edges of Moffett Field for two of the online commerce giant’s cutting-edge subsidiaries, leasing enough offices to accommodate 5,000 or more workers.
The Seattle-based tech giant has leased a minimum of four Sunnyvale office buildings just east of Moffett Field, according to Santa Clara County public records, real estate listings and the new organization’s on-site research and real estate listings.
The deals are the latest in a string of leases Amazon has struck this year as the company scoops up space in Silicon Valley from East Palo Alto to downtown San Jose. The company has a presence in other metro areas — mostly smaller than its growing valley foothold — and has recently announced its intention to locate a second headquarters somewhere in the U.S. Bay Area communities are among the bidders for HQ No. 2.
The most recent lease was completed at 905 11th Ave. in Sunnyvale, where Amazon’s A2Z Development Center has struck a deal to rent an entire 350,000-square-foot building in the Moffett Tower 2 office park, according to county documents. The tech titan’s research and development Lab 126 is a key subsidiary of A2Z Development Center.
“Earthquakes, fires, expensive housing and crowded roads are not enough to convince major tech companies that the Bay Area is a bad place to be,” said Stephen Levy, director of the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. “They still plan to expand here.”
Case in point: Right across the street from the Amazon sites is a big office complex that Google leased a few years ago. At the time, that deal marked the search giant’s first move outside its home territory in Mountain View.
The 11th Avenue building that Amazon has leased was developed by realty firm Jay Paul and is being constructed by Level 10 Construction, a general contractor. Much of the frame of the building was complete Friday, but considerable construction activity was underway on multiple floors in the interior of the office tower.
Amazon didn’t respond to a request for a comment about its fast-growing expansion in the area. All four buildings are top-notch offices that would help Amazon cater to skilled recruits.