The so-called "campus refresh" project will include 18 new buildings, nearly seven million square feet of renovated workspace, and $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements.
Microsoft announced today a massive extension project for its Redmond-based campus, which has been the company's home since 1986.
In total, the new campus will house the 47,000 employees who work at Microsoft's existing Redmond campus, and add capacity for 8,000 more. The company says the expansion marks a commitment to their employees, the community, and the entire Puget Sound.
"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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With the announcement, Microsoft is seeking to match the workplace upgrades many of its biggest rivals are pursuing.
The transformation at Redmond - where the company has been for 30 years - will include retail and sports facilities, including soccer and cricket spaces, which will also be available to those living nearby. However, with the new buildings, the company plans to take a different approach. All vehicle parking will go underground, and in its place will spring up sports fields, a tree-lined boulevard, and a two-acre open plaza that can hold up to 12,000 people for events. A bridge across WA-520, which will link both sides of its campus, will be for cyclists and walkers only. Microsoft is committed to remaining a good neighbor and ensuring that our operations are run in a sustainable way.
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"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company". There will also be a plaza where employees can gather for special events.
"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.