Microsoft announces multi-year Redmond campus refresh

30 November, 2017, 13:05 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft now employs 47,000 at its Redmond headquarters.

Once the project is completed, Microsoft's total Redmond footprint will consist of 131 buildings and the equivalent of 180 football fields of new and renovated space.

Microsoft has announced some major construction plans at its Redmond campus.

The changes will replace the original X-shaped buildings where co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates moved the company in 1986, shortly before Microsoft went public.

Microsoft isn't looking to relocate, unlike its fellow Washington-based tech company Amazon. The development will take between five and seven years to complete, and includes a 2-acre open plaza that 2,000 people can fit inside.

The massive redesign will begin next year and encompasses 18 new buildings, $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements, and almost 7 million square feet of renovations to existing workspace, Microsoft said. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods", which I imagine turns every single day into a corporate retreat team-building exercise.

Microsoft New Campus
A render of Microsoft's new

In their place, and in the acres around them, 18 new buildings will rise, with flexible floor plans meant to foster collaboration, inspiration, and accessibility.

Microsoft stated that the redevelopment of the campus would create over 2,500 new construction and development jobs. 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. Vehicle parks that sat adjacent buildings will be moved underground to provide more space for buildings and recreational ground. The campus will also be connected to WA-520 on both sides and it will tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station linking the campus to Link Light Rail in 2023.

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company".

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

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.




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