Apple is ‘significantly expanding’ its downtown Seattle engineering center

Apple is “significantly” expanding its downtown Seattle engineering center, giving itself enough capacity for potentially close to 500 people across five floors inside one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, GeekWire reports.

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The article says the tech giant is preparing to move into another floor at Two Union Square, a 56-story office tower in downtown Seattle, giving it all or part of five floors of the building. GeekWire notes that this brings Apple to more than 70,000 square feet, which equates to room for somewhere between 350 and 475 people, based on standard corporate leasing ratios for tech companies.

In 2016, Apple bought bought Turi, a "machine learning platform for developers and data scientists.” Turi is based in Seattle. Following the acquisition, Apple begin a search for data scientists and advanced app developers, based in the city — or willing to relocate. Other engineering efforts taking place in Apple’s Seattle office include groups focused on Maps, iCloud and iTunes.