Microsoft announces ambitious move to rebuild 500 acres Seattle HQ

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Microsoft has announced some major construction plans at its Redmond campus. Microsoft now has 125 buildings at its campus, and once the project is complete this will rise to 131 buildings. However, it's time to grow and invest more to upgrade it so that it can become the best workplace for the 47,000 Microsoft employees who work there. The software giant will replace 12 of the existing buildings with the new modern campus, focus towards improved productivity and team-work.

The company today revealed plans to launch a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its headquarters in the Seattle suburb of Redmond. The space will be divided into what it calls "team neighborhoods".

"We are not only creating a world-class work environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact", says Microsoft. 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 construction of the new campus should require 2,500 construction and development jobs, and Smith explained that it should be a boon for the Puget Sound area.

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

"The campus will be built for pedestrians and bikes with all cars moved to an underground parking facility", Smith notes.

Microsoft's project is somewhat more traditional in comparison. There would also be a community space for 8,000 to 12,000 people in an open-air plaza and outdoor areas for running and walking, green spaces and walking trails.

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 bridge will also tie into a forthcoming Link Light Rail station set to arrive in 2023. We prize our relationship with the City of Redmond and will work closely with officials on the approval for campus and building architectural designs, engineering, building permit review and land use code compliance.

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