US-based e-commerce retailer Amazon has opened a technology hub in Boston, Massachusetts.
Developed by WS Development and designed by architecture firm Gensler, the 430,000ft² facility features office space, innovation labs and mixed-use common areas.
The Boston Tech Hub is located in the new Harbor Way park at the Seaport and provides space for more than 2,000 employees across Amazon Alexa, Amazon Pharmacy, Amazon Web Services and Amazon Devices.
It was opened by Amazon and WS Development together with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
Last year, Amazon announced that it would be leasing another nearby 630,000ft² location to support its job creation efforts.
The company currently has more than 1,000 technology and corporate roles available at the Boston Tech Hub.
Amazon Alexa senior vice-president and head scientist Rohit Prasad said: “We’ve created more than 4,500 corporate and tech jobs at our Boston Tech Hub, and we’re excited to welcome 2,000 of these employees to their new office.
“Our teams in the Boston area are working on exciting innovations for our global customers—from artificial intelligence and machine learning to Cloud computing and robotics engineering.
“We’d like to thank the city of Boston, and Massachusetts, for giving us the opportunity to build the future here. We look forward to continuing to invest and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.”
Amazon has created more than 20,000 jobs in Massachusetts and invested more than $10bn across the Commonwealth since 2010.
In March this year, the company announced an investment of more than $100m to develop its first fulfilment centre in Istanbul, Turkey.
The facility is scheduled to open later this year and is intended to address an increase in customer demand in the country.
It is expected to generate 1,000 local jobs during its first year of operations.