In the world of business, no one is a master of their own fate.
As a rule, however, those who are successful and the ones who get a leg up tend to make it.
The one exception to that rule, though, is Amazon.
That’s because the Seattle-based e-commerce company is building its first ever headquarters in a state that’s known for being a home to some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs.
A group of investors, including venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, is spending more than $500 million on the project.
The company, which announced the deal in November, says the space will be the “largest and most fully-fledged headquarters in the world.”
It’s the latest example of the company moving away from a “glass box” approach that’s been in place since the early 1990s, when Amazon first opened up offices in the nation’s capital.
Instead, Amazon is going all-in on building a “corporate office experience.”
The company’s CEO Jeff Bezos, who has built a brand that’s more about the company’s culture than its technology, wants to give the organization a place where people can feel “at home.”
“The most important thing is that people feel comfortable, and we want to make sure that our customers feel that they’re at home,” Bezos told Bloomberg in November.
In addition to the office space, Amazon will be building a conference center and a “cloud campus,” where customers will be able to access their Amazon Cloud storage and other cloud-based services.
Amazon’s new headquarters will be its second in the country after the company moved into a former industrial building on Capitol Hill in 2017.
At the time, Bezos said he was planning on “opening as many new offices as we can in a few years.”
He also said that Amazon had “always intended to create a space that was both spacious and well-equipped to accommodate the many new and growing customers it expects to see in the years to come.”
“The new space will also be the largest and most well-maintained office complex in the United States, making it the ideal place for a growing and ambitious company,” he said.
For the new headquarters, Amazon has tapped a “global powerhouse” to help the company build on its strengths, including a “brilliant team of engineers and technologists,” said Bezos.
But Amazon isn’t the only company eyeing a Seattle office.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the company also wants to build its own headquarters in New York, and it will likely be built in the state’s Central Park.
With a $1.8 billion price tag, the new Amazon office will be a “significant milestone,” said Steve Wozniak, founder and CEO of the hardware maker Broadcom.
“Seattle is going to be the center of the universe for this, because we’re the place where we build hardware,” he told the AP.
However, the company is also looking to make a deal in Washington, where it has a large contingent of workers, as well as some employees from Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Oregon, Washington and California.