Microsoft to start full renovation of Redmond campus

Nettie James
November 30, 2017

Considering that Apple recently opened its new Apple Park campus and Amazon is looking for a second headquarters, Microsoft's expansion plans are not exactly surprising.

Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, will be redesigned and renovated over the next seven years to add space for up to 8,000 new employees, the company announced Wednesday. Moving around campus will also become quite a bit easier, with the addition of an underground parking facility, as well as a foot- and cyclist-only bridge across WA-520 to connect both sides of campus. "When this project is complete, our main campus will be comprised of 131 buildings - including the equivalent of 180 [American] football fields of new and renovated space". The company says the expansion marks a commitment to their employees, the community, and the entire Puget Sound. Microsoft is investing billions of dollars to redevelop it campus, and the company will tear down 12 old buildings to create the bigger 18 replacements. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods". Instead, the firm envisions the new campus as a place filled with open spaces and plenty of light.

Microsoft's project is somewhat more traditional in comparison.

"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", says Microsoft.

"Our goal is to build the most modern workplace, and create the best employee experience in our industry", Microsoft President Brad Smith said in the post.

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company". Already, 42 percent of Microsoft's employees get to work by means other than a single-occupant vehicle-but that means something like 27,300 employees are gripping the wheel in the region's worsening traffic each day.

When complete, Microsoft expects the 500-acre campus to have a green carbon footprint with an energy monitoring service run by the Azure cloud computing service, which Microsoft owns.

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