Microsoft's Washington HQ Is Getting a Multi-Billion Dollar Makeover

Microsoft's Washington HQ Is Getting a Multi-Billion Dollar Makeover

Kenneth Drake
November 30, 2017

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

Microsoft today unveiled its plans for a major campus overhaul at its home, Redmond.

Well, that's all about to end.

Similar to Amazon, Microsoft is also planning to expand its headquarters.

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.

When complete, the company's campus will boast 131 total buildings - up from 125 following the demolition of 12 current buildings - and hold room for up to 8,000 more people on top of the 47,000 that already work on the facility. With the added square footage, the campus' space will be the equivalent of 180 football fields. 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 plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

Staff will work in "team neighborhoods" that are informal, creative, and make good use of natural light, Microsoft said. The project would take about five and seven years to complete.

It will be the company's biggest physical expansion in more than a decade.

As our employees create the tools and services of the future workspace for our customers, it's important they have a campus that reflects that future for themselves. 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.

PixabayMicrosoft Redmond campus - what are the plans?

The design includes a two-acre open-air plaza, featuring running and walking trails, sports facilities and green spaces.

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company". And we will continue to be Energy Smart, using Azure for building system monitoring to optimize our energy usage and reduce our carbon footprint.

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