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

Nov 30, 2017, 13:06
Microsoft's Washington HQ Is Getting a Multi-Billion Dollar Makeover

Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, will be redesigned and renovated over the next seven years to add space for up to 8,000 new employees, the company announced Wednesday. The software giant will start a multi-year project next fall to create 18 new buildings, alongside new public spaces, transportation investments, and sports fields.

Microsoft Corp. now employs about 47,000 people in 125 buildings in Washington's Puget Sound region.

The company today revealed plans to launch a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its headquarters in the Seattle suburb of Redmond. With the added square footage, the campus' space will be the equivalent of 180 football fields.

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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 vehicle. A redesign and expansion a decade ago began to change that, with an emphasis on open floor plans and flexible, collaborative spaces, but the auto was still king-as evidenced by a 5,000-spot underground parking garage that underpinned the company's last big expansion, begun a decade ago. Moving around campus will also become quite a bit easier, with the addition of an underground parking facility, as well as a foot- and cyclist-only bridge across WA-520 to connect both sides of campus.

The massive redesign is expected to create 2,500 construction and development jobs. Our plans 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. Having been the bane of many Microsoft employee for their confusing corridors, it's unlikely they'll be missed.

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

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The growth plan marks a continued shift away from the car-dependent campus of the last 30 years, made possible by the 2023 arrival of a light rail line that will make travelling to and from the campus without a auto easier than ever.

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

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

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