Expedia lays out plan for airy, expansive waterfront campus

Expedia lays out plan for airy, expansive waterfront campus
The visitors’ entrance to Expedia’s future campus on the site of the former Amgen Helix campus on the Seattle waterfront

The company will pull off some of the brick exteriors on the Amgen buildings it purchased as part of a plan to maximize the views — and the appeal to potential recruits it hopes to attract to the 4,500-employee planned campus.

Expedia expects to transform the stout, brick-clad former lab buildings on its waterfront Seattle campus into airy, bright offices with floor-to-ceiling glass, with construction work starting this fall, company officials said Tuesday.

The Bellevue-based travel giant released a first look at its vision for redesigning the 40-acre former Amgen Helix campus it acquired last April. By 2022, when Expedia plans to open its new campus, the company expects to have 4,500 employees working there; it has just over 3,000 now in Bellevue.

The planned transformation includes what Expedia calls “The Nexus,” a new four-story atrium for company meetings and events, and “The Courtyard” encircled by a 600,000-square-foot, four-story office building.

When it opens, the campus will have 800,000 square feet of finished space and an additional 400,000 square feet of unfinished shell space for future growth, said Mark Nagle, Expedia’s vice president of global real estate and strategic sourcing. […]