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Microsoft Unveils Multibillion-Dollar Campus Overhaul

Microsoft Unveils Multibillion-Dollar Campus Overhaul”

As part of the upgrade project, Microsoft's Redmond headquarters will get 18 additional buildings, as well as new sports fields, transportation investments worth $150 million, and public spaces.

Once complete, the campus will have 131 buildings, compared with today's 125 buildings, and will offer workspace for the 47,000 employees who now work there, plus room for an additional 8,000 people.

A video of the transformed campus shows that the future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people, retail space, new jogging and walking trails, two soccer fields, a cricket field, and its own light rail station.

Microsoft didn't put an exact price tag on the project, but said it would create 2,500 construction jobs and take five to seven years to complete. Today Microsoft has 125 buildings on our Redmond campus. The space will be divided into what it calls "team neighborhoods".

Microsoft's new campus will be built with a major focus on collaboration and team-work, and the company is taking inspiration from its existing modern workplaces at its Paddington office in London and Vancouver B.C. To create more space and facilitate a pedestrian-friendly environment, the company will move its 131 buildings closer together and relocate parking facilities underground.

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Microsoft declined to put a price tag on its expansion and renovation plan, saying only that it would be a multibillion-dollar project.

PixabayMicrosoft Redmond campus - what are the plans? A bridge across WA-520, which will link both sides of its campus, will be for cyclists and walkers only. But as its ongoing search for a second headquarters highlights in no uncertain terms, the space-constrained Puget Sound region has few large undeveloped areas appropriate for an expansion that would accommodate up to 50,000 workers-the number Amazon said it may someday employ at its HQ2.

Microsoft announced the development to employees Tuesday evening.

As Microsoft continues to create the tools and services that are shaping the future of work, we can't think of a better time to modernize our campus into a model of ingenuity and innovation.



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