Microsoft Reveals Multibillion-Dollar Upgrade Plan For Redmond Campus

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

The updated campus will house 47,000 Microsoft employees that now work at the company's headquarters in Redmond, and allow for 8,000 more people. When it's done, Microsoft will have room for 8,000 more employees to add to its 47,000-person head count in the Puget Sound region - the vast majority of which work in Redmond.

In fact, the Redmond company is taking a fairly "new age" approach to its campus, touting it nearly as somewhere workers will not want to leave.

As part of this new green focus, the campus will be built for pedestrians and bikes.

"Our goal is to build the most modern workplace and create the best employee experience in our industry I think in the world", said Microsoft President Brad Smith. The plans will 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.

Over the next five to seven years, the company will construct 18 new buildings on the campus, which now has 80. Now, we can add Microsoft to the growing list of companies looking to spruce up their campus.

Microsoft announced the plans for expansion via the Microsoft blog. 12 buildings will be torn down and replaced with 18 new ones, bringing the campus to a total of 131 buildings.

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That new culture, which emphasizes collaboration among teams, has been a rallying cry for the company since CEO Satya Nadella took over the reins in February 2014.

The renovation will see the iconic X-shaped buildings of Bill Gates' Microsoft era go.

Redmond has been Microsoft's home since 1986, and we are proud to be an active part of the Puget Sound community.

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), meanwhile, has built over the last decade a dense, a high-rise urban campus that has completely transformed Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, and more recently, the northern edge of downtown.

Work on the campus overhaul will begin in fall 2018 and is expected to last up to seven years. 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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