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Microsoft to rebuild its Redmond campus, making room for 8000 additional jobs

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

The updated campus will house 47,000 Microsoft employees that now work at the company's headquarters in Redmond, and allow for 8,000 more people.

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.

Microsoft is planning to build out its 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington, with 18 new buildings, 6.7 million square feet of renovated workspace, United States dollars 150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements, public spaces, sports fields and green space. Microsoft's campus in Redmond is a 500-acre parcel that the software giant says is close to a "vibrant urban core, suburban towns, mountains, lakes, and forests". Auto parks that sat adjacent buildings will be moved underground to provide more space for buildings and recreational ground. The plan is to create more open office space to encourage greater collaboration and creativity among staff, similar to how some of Microsoft's tech rivals operate. The project would take about five and seven years to complete.

PixabayMicrosoft Redmond campus - what are the plans?

Microsoft announced the plans for expansion via the Microsoft blog.

The renovation will see the iconic X-shaped buildings of Bill Gates' Microsoft era go. However, with the new buildings, the company plans to take a different approach. We prize our relationship with the City of Redmond and will work closely with officials on the approval for campus and building architectural designs, engineering, building permit review and land use code compliance.

When Microsoft settled in to its headquarters in Redmond in 1986, its early buildings were built to emphasize personal working space and lots of windows.

Microsoft's office is getting a makeover. The space will be divided into what it calls "team neighborhoods". Notably, that includes the construction of a pedestrian bridge over 520 that will allow employees to easily get from one side of campus to the other, and allow transit riders to cross from the light-rail station to the other side of the highway.



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