Microsoft plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its Redmond headquarters
30 November, 2017, 13:39 | Author: Boyd Miller
The company has 47,000 employees working at the Redmond campus today and once the expansion is completed there will be space for an additional 8000 staff.
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 plans to move all cars to an underground parking facility and is designing the campus entirely around pedestrians and bikes.
"Our new campus will be more open and less formal, divided into a series of "team neighbourhoods" while capturing more natural light and fostering the type of creativity that will lead to ongoing innovation to advance the industry and benefit our customers", said Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer. In a two-minute video, Microsoft lays out its plan to raze existing buildings, and completely overhaul the 500-acre space with 18 new buildings, jogging and walking trails, retail space, and even a cricket field.
That transportation emphasis is perhaps the biggest difference from the expansion plan a decade ago.
"This is going to be an extremely intelligent campus, not because of devices but because of infrastructure", says Bill Lee, Microsoft's director of real estate, planning, and development, in the company's post. 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.
Microsoft announced the plans for expansion via the Microsoft blog.
Microsoft's campus revamp is not the only effort to create an urban feel in the Seattle suburbs along the route of the new light rail line. Ten of the structures being replaced are the original X-shaped buildings that marked the early days of Microsoft in Redmond.
Redmond has been Microsoft's home since 1986, and we are proud to be an active part of the Puget Sound community. Pretty much every employee got their own office, a perk that helped Microsoft attract talent.
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