Microsoft announces multi-year Redmond campus refresh

30 November, 2017, 13:41 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

Smith noted that when the project concludes, there would be 131 buildings comprising 180 football fields, modern workspace to house 57,000 employees and additional space to accommodate around 8,000 more people.

In fact, the Redmond company is taking a fairly "new age" approach to its campus, touting it nearly as somewhere workers will not want to leave.

The campus will primarily be built for pedestrian and bike traffic as all vehicles will be moved to an underground parking facility. "As Microsoft continues to create the tools and services that are shaping the future of work, we can't think of a better time to modernize our campus into a model of ingenuity and innovation", explained Smith. Microsoft estimates the project could take up to seven years to complete and will involve the creation of roughly 2,500 construction and development jobs.

That transportation emphasis is perhaps the biggest difference from the expansion plan a decade ago.

"We are not only creating a world-class work environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact", Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote in a blog post.

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Microsoft's video shows how the campus will develop and what it will feature.

That new culture, which emphasizes collaboration among teams, has been a rallying cry for the company since CEO Satya Nadella took over the reins in February 2014. Currently, Microsoft's campus supports a workforce of 48,000 across 125 buildings.

"With 500 acres, we can construct a somewhat more urban feel to parts of our campus, while still taking advantage of the nature", he said. Instead, the firm envisions the new campus as a place filled with open spaces and plenty of light.

The company also secured a zoning change past year that allows it to construct some buildings on the east side of its campus up to 10 stories tall, but it said it has no plans for that height now.

The renovation will see the iconic X-shaped buildings of Bill Gates' Microsoft era go. This bridge will also connect to the upcoming Redmond Technology Transit Station, which will welcome Link Light Rail in 2023.

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