Microsoft has announced plans to radically overhaul its existing campus in Redmond, Washington, and replace it with a bigger and more modern headquarters. The so-called "campus refresh" project will include 18 new buildings, nearly seven million square feet of renovated workspace, and $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements. Microsoft now has 125 buildings at its campus, and once the project is complete this will rise to 131 buildings. Along with the new buildings and public spaces, Microsoft's new campus is created to have running and walking trails and an open-air plaza capable of holding 8,000 to 12,000 people. As 18 new buildings would be constructed on the Microsoft Redmond Campus, 12 older buildings would be bulldozed. The development also includes a huge open plaza measuring two acres, which will be able to fit 12,000 people.
It's also building a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the WA-520 and connect both sides of its campus. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".
Microsoft headquarters was from its early days, and well into the 21st century, a campus for software engineers driving their roadsters to parking lots surrounding buildings full of individual offices.
The buildings will be closer together, and parking that is now adjacent will be moved underground. That would enable Microsoft to raise the headcount at Redmond to a staggering 55,000 employees. (Construction is expected to begin next fall.) Microsoft has some 47,000 employees in the region now.
Microsoft plans to expand Redmond campus
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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 vehicle easier than ever.
Our new buildings will focus on inclusive design and accessible technology to empower all of our employees.
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