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06/06/2022

Amazon expands Boston tech hub

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Amazon’s newest corporate office is open in Boston.

Amazon has completed the first of two full-building lease projects in Boston.

More than 2,000 Amazon employees will be working from the new 430,000-sq.-ft. office, located in the new Harbor Way park in Boston’s Seaport district. The building provides space for employees working across Amazon Alexa, Amazon Pharmacy, Amazon Web Services, and Amazon devices.

These employee teams drive innovation in areas like cloud migration, robotics intelligence, and machine learning. The building features new office space, innovation labs, and mixed-use common areas. Amazon is partnering with UMass Boston to help provide students and graduates with access to jobs in technology-related fields at both Amazon and other tech companies. More than 1,000 tech and corporate roles are currently available at Amazon’s Boston Tech Hub.

Amazon plans further Boston tech hub growth
Amazon is also leasing a new 17-story office tower located in the 33-acre Boston Seaport project. Owned and developed by Boston-based development company WS Development, the 630,000-sq.-ft. 1 Boston Wharf Road location will include working space, innovation labs, and mixed-use common areas for Amazon employees. 

Set for completion in 2024, 1 Boston Wharf Road will also feature a community dog park, ground-floor retail space, and a new performing arts center. The facility will add new office space for teams working in Alexa, AWS, and Amazon Pharmacy.

Amazon is also reportedly expanding its Massachusetts fulfillment infrastructure, both in Boston and north of the city.

“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,” said Rohit Prasad, senior VP and head scientist for Amazon Alexa. “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.”

“Boston is a global hub of innovation,” said Jeremy Sclar, chairman and CEO of project developer WS Development. “And we are thrilled to join Amazon in celebrating the opening of their new office in Seaport, as well as their deep commitment to bringing jobs and opportunity to our city.”

Since 2010, Amazon says it has created more than 20,000 jobs in Massachusetts and invested more than $10 billion across the state, including infrastructure (from fulfillment centers to retail locations to our Boston Tech Hub) and compensation. According to Amazon, these investments have contributed an additional $9 billion to the Massachusetts economy and have helped create an additional 28,000 jobs, in addition to the employees directly employed by Amazon, including jobs in construction, logistics, health care, and professional services. Additionally, more than 32,000 small and medium-sized businesses in Massachusetts, including authors, collaborate with Amazon.

Those interested in open positions can learn more at amazon.jobs.