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April 20, 2009 11:59 AM, Paul Allen's Vulcan break ground at new HQ

Posted by Brier Dudley

Actually it was politicians and Paul Allen's development team that did the ceremonial shovel thing this morning at Amazon's immense new headquarters.

Construction started a year ago on the 10-building, 1.7-million-square-foot campus just south of Lake Union. Amazon employees will move into the first buildings next May and the whole thing will be done by 2012.

"This is what a community is about, this is what this community is all about,'' Gov. Chris Gregoire said before she, Mayor Greg Nickels and City Councilwoman Jan Drago wielded the golden shovels in a sandbox erected just for the show.

The campus takes up about a third of the 5 million square feet of space Paul Allen has amassed in the formerly blue collar area between downtown and the lake. Allen and Jeff Bezos didn't make the event; maybe they were toasting each other on a boat somewhere.

Look how fast those politicians dig! Here they are in the parking lot on the upper left:


Another angle of the world's largest bookstore's new home, looking toward the lake:


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