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Microsoft announces significant extension of its Redmond campus

Microsoft announces significant extension of its Redmond campus

Microsoft announced a major renovation of its campus Tuesday that will transform its Redmond, Wash. headquarters into a mini city of sorts complete with public transportation, heightened buildings and designated public space. 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 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. 12 buildings will be torn down and replaced with 18 new ones, bringing the campus to a total of 131 buildings. With Apple's new UFO campus just completed, and Amazon running a weird version of The Batchelorette where cities compete for a multi-billion-dollar headquarters, Microsoft was left feeling all left out. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

After decades in which high-tech workplaces were defined by bland, low-slung office buildings, the largest tech companies have seized on the idea that their campus designs can be assets in terms of attracting talent in a highly competitive marketplace, as well as making a strong visual statement about the company's brand, culture and values. A redesign and expansion a decade ago began to change that, with an emphasis on open floor plans and flexible, collaborative spaces, but the vehicle was still king-as evidenced by a 5,000-spot underground parking garage that underpinned the company's last big expansion, begun a decade ago.

The massive redesign is expected to create 2,500 construction and development jobs. 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.

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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.

In their place, and in the acres around them, 18 new buildings will rise, with flexible floor plans meant to foster collaboration, inspiration, and accessibility.

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


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