Microsoft has announced it's going to renovate and expand its Redmond, Washington headquarters in a bid to modernise the business' campus. "And as we continue to grow and look to create the best workplace in the tech sector, Microsoft will invest right here in Redmond, our home for more than 30 years". 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.
Over the next five to seven years, the company will construct 18 new buildings on the campus, which now has 80. It will be the company's biggest physical expansion in more than a decade.
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Microsoft has already informed the employees about the plans, and on Wednesday, the company would discuss the plans at the shareholders meeting.
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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.
"This is going to be an extremely intelligent campus, not because of devices but because of infrastructure", says Bill Lee, Microsoft's director of real estate, planning, and development, in the company's post.
The renovation will see the iconic X-shaped buildings of Bill Gates' Microsoft era go.
Our new buildings will focus on inclusive design and accessible technology to empower all of our employees. "There's an opportunity to build a somewhat denser campus and create a somewhat more urban feel", Smith said.
Microsoft's office is getting a makeover. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods". Notably, that includes the construction of a pedestrian bridge over 520 that will allow employees to easily get from one side of campus to the other, and allow transit riders to cross from the light-rail station to the other side of the highway. (Construction is expected to begin next fall.) Microsoft has some 47,000 employees in the region now.