Microsoft announces major expansion at Redmond campus

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

The company plans to expand its 500-acre campus with "18 new buildings, 6.7 million square feet of renovated workspace, $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements, public spaces, sports fields and green space".

Once complete, the campus will have 131 buildings, compared with today's 125 buildings, and will offer workspace for the 47,000 employees who now work there, plus room for an additional 8,000 people.

MICROSOFT LIKES big campuses and it can not lie, which is why its re-building its Seattle headquarters to fit in an extra 8,000 workers. Microsoft is investing billions of dollars to redevelop it campus, and the company will tear down 12 old buildings to create the bigger 18 replacements. The project would take about five and seven years to complete.

Microsoft's video shows how the campus will develop and what it will feature.

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters
Microsoft is building a massive new HQ that looks nothing like Apple's

Buildings on the campus will be closer together than before and its focus is more on pedestrianising Microsoft's headquarters, rather than turning it into a sprawl navigable only by auto.

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. Pretty much every employee got their own office, a perk that helped Microsoft attract talent. But as its ongoing search for a second headquarters highlights in no uncertain terms, the space-constrained Puget Sound region has few large undeveloped areas appropriate for an expansion that would accommodate up to 50,000 workers-the number Amazon said it may someday employ at its HQ2.

The campus will primarily be built for pedestrian and bike traffic as all vehicles will be moved to an underground parking facility.

The company also secured a zoning change previous year that allows it to construct some buildings on the east side of its campus up to 10 stories tall, but it said it has no plans for that height now. Its plan is to build on existing ground and add capacity for an additional 8,000 staff members along with creating more open spaces in the process. 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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