COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- We learned more about Amazon's sprawling new facility near the airport during a media tour Wednesday.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 was the only TV station invited to tour the facility, which has 3.5 million square feet and is considered the largest of its kind in the country.
Earlier this year, the corporation said that it would begin hiring two months before the facility opens, with more than 1,000 employees expected to work there. On Wednesday, however, officials said that the facility will likely open next month and is seeking to hire 2,500 workers.
Amazon officially calls its new facility DEN 4, and describes it as a "state-of-the-art" fulfillment center.
The delivery and technology giant first arrived in Colorado Springs several years ago with a small facility near the airport terminal.
That was followed a year later by a new delivery facility.
The facility will process incoming and outgoing packages, and can store up to 20 million pieces of merchandise for future customers. The operation will be highly automated, using the latest technology designed to create a safer environment for employees.
Officials said that they are trying to make the building environmentally friendly by planting plenty of trees around it, and by equipping the roof with the capability of generating solar power.
Traffic improvements have been made at the nearby intersection of Powers and Grinnell boulevards to handle increased traffic congestion from the facility.
The facility will have 20 break rooms and lockers available to employees.
Although Amazon has been accepting applications during the 18 months since breaking ground on the facility, officials will start a five-week hiring event Monday at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Interviews are by appointment only through an online portal that opens Saturday.
For more information, visit: https://search.amazondelivers.jobs/location/colorado-jobs/3413/6252001-5417618/3.
You also may apply by contacting Amazon directly at: https://amazon.force.com/.
Amazon encourages applicants to text 77088 to JOBSNOW and receive automated messages about job openings.