Microsoft plans to expand Redmond campus

Above Rendering of Microsoft's campus renovation

MICROSOFT LIKES big campuses and it can not lie, which is why its re-building its Seattle headquarters to fit in an extra 8,000 workers. Microsoft now has 125 buildings at its campus, and once the project is complete this will rise to 131 buildings.

Once the project is completed, Microsoft's total Redmond footprint will consist of 131 buildings and the equivalent of 180 football fields of new and renovated space.

The company today revealed plans to launch a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its headquarters in the Seattle suburb of Redmond.

As part of this new green focus, the campus will be built for pedestrians and bikes. "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". It says its project will include renovations and new construction and will take five to seven years.

The work will take 5-7 years to complete.

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

The expansion will add about 1.3 million square feet to the 10 million-square-foot campus, after the 12 older buildings are torn down.

Many Americans have never played cricket, but Microsoft does have a lot of employees from India, including CEO Satya Nadella, who's a big fan of the game, and from other former British colonies.

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), meanwhile, has built over the last decade a dense, a high-rise urban campus that has completely transformed Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, and more recently, the northern edge of downtown. That would enable Microsoft to raise the headcount at Redmond to a staggering 55,000 employees. Microsoft says it will help in the design of energy-smart buildings.

Microsoft will also construct a foot and cyclist-only bridge across WA-520 that will connect both sides of the campus and tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station where Link Light Rail will arrive in 2023. (Construction is expected to begin next fall.) Microsoft has some 47,000 employees in the region now. Ten of the structures being replaced are the original X-shaped buildings that marked the early days of Microsoft in Redmond.




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