Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Microsoft plans to rebuild its headquarters

Microsoft plans to rebuild its headquarters

Microsoft announced that it will rebuild its iconic Redmond campus in a project that will take between five and seven years to conclude and will make room for 8,000 new employees.

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

Microsoft will add about 2.5 million square feet in new construction and will renovate another 6.7 million square feet, primarily in the section of campus east of Highway 520, where numerous original buildings built in the mid-80s still stand.

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Microsoft also plans to renovate and modernize their other existing buildings across their Redmond campus. To create more space and facilitate a pedestrian-friendly environment, the company will move its 131 buildings closer together and relocate parking facilities underground. The development also includes a huge open plaza measuring two acres, which will be able to fit 12,000 people.

Over the next five to seven years, the company will construct 18 new buildings on the campus, which now has 80.

With the announcement, Microsoft is seeking to match the workplace upgrades many of its biggest rivals are pursuing.

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PixabayMicrosoft Redmond campus - what are the plans? The space will be divided into what it calls "team neighborhoods". Ten of the structures being replaced are the original X-shaped buildings that marked the early days of Microsoft in Redmond. Currently, Microsoft's campus supports a workforce of 48,000 across 125 buildings.

"We are not only creating a world-class work environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact", Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post unveiling the expansion plans.

In their place, and in the acres around them, 18 new buildings will rise, with flexible floor plans meant to foster collaboration, inspiration, and accessibility.

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Microsoft's campus revamp is not the only effort to create an urban feel in the Seattle suburbs along the route of the new light rail line. (Construction is expected to begin next fall.) Microsoft has some 47,000 employees in the region now.

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