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August 16, 2007 3:52 PM

Kirkland Googlers get party deck with a view

Posted by Brier Dudley

SRM Development / Broderick Group

The "podium" at Google's new Kirkland campus is visible in this rendering provided by SRM Development and Broderick Group, the real estate firm that handled the lease.

It won't be as tranquil as Lake Bill on the Microsoft campus, but Google's Kirkland campus will have a huge landscaped deck with a water feature taking advantage of westward views of Lake Washington.

The deck is actually a plaza between the buildings. It's technically called the podium, though, since it's being built as a deck on top of the largely underground parking garage.

Details came today from Jim Rivard, director of real estate at SRM Development, a Spokane-based company that's developing the 7.2-acre site. Rivard said his company has been working with Google since February and signed the lease last week.

SRM Development / Broderick Group

The campus layout.

He said the first building will be ready for occupancy in the first quarter of 2008 and the rest will be done by June.

The buildings were designed by Lance Mueller & Associates, the same architect that did Seattle's techie Fisher Plaza. Broderick Group is the broker and W.G. Clark Construction is the builder.

Other amenities include a shower facility in the parking garage, presumably for bicyclists.

But Rivard didn't know whether Google will install heated bidet toilet seats like the ones at headquarters in Mountain View.

SRM Development / Broderick Group

The campus includes a large deck with a water feature looking toward Lake Washington.

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