Microsoft reveals plans to transform campus by 2023

Otis Hoffman
November 30, 2017

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. 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.

The company is pouring billions of dollars into this campus upgrade project and it will tear down 12 buildings in the process, replacing them with 18 bigger and more modern ones. Microsoft estimates the project could take up to seven years to complete and will involve the creation of roughly 2,500 construction and development jobs. Currently, Microsoft's campus supports a workforce of 48,000 across 125 buildings. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

Microsoft New Campus
A render of Microsoft's new

Buildings on the campus will be closer together than before and its focus is more on pedestrianising Microsoft's headquarters, rather than turning it into a sprawl navigable only by vehicle.

As part of this new green focus, the campus will be built for pedestrians and bikes.

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The overhauled campus will feature underground smart parking facility, as well as inclusive and accessible technology. 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. 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. We'll also continue to fully fund transit options for employees, including ORCA transit cards, carpool and vanpool, and Microsoft-run employee Connector buses and other vehicles to supplement existing options. However, with the new buildings, the company plans to take a different approach.

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Microsoft's project is somewhat more traditional in comparison. A bridge across WA-520, which will link both sides of its campus, will be for cyclists and walkers only.

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

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