Microsoft plans to rebuild its suburban headquarters

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

Microsoft has announced plans to radically overhaul its existing campus in Redmond, Washington, and replace it with a bigger and more modern headquarters.

Once the project is completed, Microsoft's total Redmond footprint will consist of 131 buildings and the equivalent of 180 football fields of new and renovated space.

"And while we transform our workspace inside, we will renovate the exterior to create more opportunities to exercise, play and connect with nature for the people who work at Microsoft and those who live nearby".

There is a big emphasis on the outdoor space within the campus, with the highlight being a 2-acre open plaza which will be able to host up to 12,000 people at once, as well as transport, which will link Redmond with Seattle with a Link Light Rail scheduled to open in 2023. With Apple's new UFO campus just completed, and Amazon running a weird version of The Batchelorette where cities compete for a multi-billion-dollar headquarters, Microsoft was left feeling all left out. The layout of those buildings is so confusing that employees used to joke that finding an office was an intelligence test to see if you were fit to work at Microsoft. Cars will be stored in an underground parking facility.

The massive redesign is expected to create 2,500 construction and development jobs. That would enable Microsoft to raise the headcount at Redmond to a staggering 55,000 employees.




Our new buildings will focus on inclusive design and accessible technology to empower all of our employees. 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.

Microsoft's modern campus overhaul isn't as futuristic as the Apple Park, but the company says it's a major step forward for its culture, substantially expanding its headquarters with modern workplaces and creating 2,500 construction and development jobs in the area.

Microsoft says that its Redmond HQ has been its home for more than three decades and "crown jewel".

The developer of the Spring District, by the way, is Wright Runstad, which back in 1986 built the first six X-shaped buildings that will be replaced as part of this latest renovation.

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