Amazon today inaugurated its largest campus building in India which is also the largest campus anywhere worldwide. This is the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US and will house over 15,000 employees of its over 62,000 employee base in India. The new campus building was inaugurated by Mr. Mohammed Mahmood Ali, MLC, Minister of Home, Prisons, Fire Services, Govt. of Telangana, in the presence of Amit Agarwal, SVP and Country Head, Amazon India and John Schoettler, VP, Global Real Estate and Facilities, Amazon.
With 15,000 work points across 1.8 million square feet in office space, built on 3 million square feet of construction area, this is Amazon’s single largest building in the world in terms of total area. The infrastructure has been developed in adherence to Amazon’s exacting standards, designed to facilitate inclusion of employees with special needs and support its diverse workforce.
Thousands of employees on the campus will benefit from Amazon’s agile-based work environment, where they can select from a variety of workspaces to suit their needs. The facility features casual, collaborative workspaces, as well as private areas for concentration and confidentiality. Interfaith prayer rooms, mothers’ room, quiet rooms, showers, helipad, and an all-day open cafeteria are designed to facilitate inclusion and diversity. Every detail is aimed at improving well-being and efficiency, from Destination Control Systems to manage elevators that can move 972 people simultaneously, to 290 conference rooms and 3 scrum areas per floor to foster collaboration.
- Total built-up area when spread out will span over 68 acres (approx. 65 football fields)
- The construction was awarded the Golden Trophy and Certificate from the National Safety Council for safe construction practices in 2018
- The campus contains over 2.5 times more steel than the Eiffel Tower, measured by weight
- The building meets stringent safety standards, with 110 km of fire protection system conduit
- The 86-meter buildings are accessed by 49 elevators with high-rise elevators that can move at the speed of one floor per second
- The campus has one conference room seat for every 3.25 workstations, higher than the global ratio of 1:5
For the first time, Amazon is also experimenting with the Inside Day 1 Alexa Skill (beta) to use Alexa for employee engagement. Built by Amazon employees, the Inside Day 1 Alexa Skill (beta) will be hosted inside an Alexa Pod, where employees can walk-in and access information on Amazon in an instant, contextual and friction-free manner by asking Alexa. Amazon laid the foundation stone for the campus building on March 30, 2016. An average of 2,000 workers were on site every day for 39 months to construct the building, spending 18 million man-hours to create a world-class working environment. Sustainability is at the core of this building which has more than 300 trees dotting its grounds with three specimen trees aged over 200 years and has 850,000-litre water recycling plant.
Amazon also has 3 Fulfilment Centers in the state offering more than 3.2 million cubic feet of storage space to sellers, two sort centers with 100,000 square feet of processing capacity and 90 delivery stations. In addition, over 20,000 small businesses in the State are directly associated with the company’s operations either as Sellers, I Have Space store partners Amazon Easy points or as Service Providers.
Amit Agarwal, SVP & Country Manager, Amazon India said, “We are excited to inaugurate our largest campus building globally here in India at Hyderabad. Over these last 15 years we have invested significantly in India across 30 office spaces, the AWS APAC Region in Mumbai, 50 Fulfilment Centers in 13 states of India as well as hundreds of delivery stations and sort centres, creating nearly 200,000 jobs in India. This new Amazon campus building is a tangible commitment to that long-term thinking and our plans for India. I would like to thank the Government of Telangana for its investment-friendly policies and continued support that has always encouraged us to continue to invest and grow our operations here,” he added.