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. However, the net result will be an increase from 125 buildings today to 131 buildings once the project is complete.

The company said in a blog post that the new look campus will be the equivalent of 180 football fields, creating enough extra room to add 8,000 new employees to its current 47,000 workforce.

The extension of Microsoft's Redmond campus is a reflection of the company's recent growth, and it also follows other redevelopment projects at Microsoft's offices in Vancouver BC and London.

The campus will primarily be built for pedestrian and bike traffic as all vehicles will be moved to an underground parking facility. In a two-minute video, Microsoft lays out its plan to raze existing buildings, and completely overhaul the 500-acre space with 18 new buildings, jogging and walking trails, retail space, and even a cricket field.

With the announcement, Microsoft is seeking to match the workplace upgrades many of its biggest rivals are pursuing. It will create a centre with a low environmental impact and which will generally be more open and less formal, divided into a series of "team neighborhoods" while capturing more natural light.

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As our employees create the tools and services of the future workspace for our customers, it's important they have a campus that reflects that future for themselves. The bridge will also tie into a forthcoming Link Light Rail station set to arrive in 2023.

When all is said and done, Microsoft President Brad Smith says 6.7 million square feet would have been renovated on the campus creating 2,500 construction jobs.

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company".

It is clear that Nadella is looking to revive the work culture at Microsoft, making it a little more collaborative with employees coming out of the closed-door offices and working in a more interactive environment. And we will continue to be Energy Smart, using Azure for building system monitoring to optimize our energy usage and reduce our carbon footprint.

  • Toni Ryan