Microsoft announces multi-year Redmond campus refresh

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

However, the software giant is not developing a new campus altogether, rather it is planning a significant modernization of its Redmond headquarters, the company told employees on Tuesday, in a post. The expansion will add enough room for 8,000 more people, and the construction itself will involve around 2,500 construction and development jobs over the course of the five to seven years it will take to complete.

Microsoft will add about 2.5 million square feet in new construction and will renovate another 6.7 million square feet, primarily in the section of campus east of Highway 520, where numerous original buildings built in the mid-80s still stand.

Microsoft's decision to expand on the footprint of its campus in Redmond, Washington, its home since 1986, is in contrast to the highly publicized office expansion plans of Seattle-based Amazon.

All cars will go to an underground parking facility so that the campus remains open for bikes and pedestrians.

Urban campuses in the heart of bustling cities may be all the rage for tech companies these days, but Microsoft thinks it can create some of that modern city vibe without leaving its forested suburban campus. Our plans include a 2-acre open plaza that will fit up to 12,000 people, running and walking trails, facilities for soccer and cricket, and retail space.

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

PixabayMicrosoft Redmond campus - what are the plans? Currently, Microsoft's campus supports a workforce of 48,000 across 125 buildings.

Microsoft's video shows how the campus will develop and what it will feature. Under the plan, the company will tear down 12 of the buildings now used by employees and build 18 new facilities in their place that are expected to be up to twice as tall. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods". (Construction is expected to begin next fall.) Microsoft has some 47,000 employees in the region now. It will all connect seamlessly with the Redmond Technology Transit Station, which will ferry passengers by light rail to downtown Bellevue and Seattle.

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