Amazon Will Pause Bellevue Towers to Study Impact of Hybrid Work

Citing ongoing uncertainty about the impact of hybrid work on its office designs, Amazon says it will pause construction on five towers in downtown Bellevue.

The company says it wants to determine how its office floorplans need to change before proceeding.

The decision underscores the dynamic and uncertain status of the tech industry’s return to the office after more than two years of working from home due to the pandemic. Some companies are seeing employees continuing to work from home more than previously expected, causing them to reconsider their mix of private offices and shared workspaces.

Amazon says it still plans to ultimately employ 25,000 people in the city east of Seattle, where the company has signaled plans to focus most of its future growth in what it considers its Puget Sound headquarters region.

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