Microsoft plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its Redmond headquarters

Microsoft hasn't said how much such renovation work will set it back, but it's unlikely going to be cheap as there's nearly certainly going to be some high-end luxury modern design, possibly to stick two fingers up as Apple's "Spaceship" campus in California, particularity when Microsoft says the campus will focus on "inclusive design and accessible technology" to "empower" employees.

Smith noted that when the project concludes, there would be 131 buildings comprising 180 football fields, modern workspace to house 57,000 employees and additional space to accommodate around 8,000 more people. However, the software giant is not developing a new campus altogether, rather it is planning a significant modernization of its Redmond headquarters, the company told employees on Tuesday, in a post. Under the plan, the company will tear down 12 of the buildings now used by employees and build 18 new facilities in their place that are expected to be up to twice as tall. All auto parking will go underground, and in its place will spring up sports fields, a tree-lined boulevard, and a two-acre open plaza that can hold up to 12,000 people for events.

Microsoft announced today a massive extension project for its Redmond-based campus, which has been the company's home since 1986. The space will be divided into what it calls "team neighborhoods".

"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", said Smith.

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Microsoft plans to move all cars to an underground parking facility and is designing the campus entirely around pedestrians and bikes. It expects the project will create 2,500 construction and development jobs. (Construction is expected to begin next fall.) Microsoft has some 47,000 employees in the region now. We prize our relationship with the City of Redmond and will work closely with officials on the approval for campus and building architectural designs, engineering, building permit review and land use code compliance.

Microsoft did not disclose how much total they are spending on the expansion. They will surround expanses of soccer and cricket fields, running trails, and a central plaza capable of hosting farmers' markets, music performances, and up to 12,000 people for corporate events. The bridge will also tie into a forthcoming Link Light Rail station set to arrive in 2023.

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


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