Microsoft unveils plans for a new modern headquarters

Kelley Robertson
November 30, 2017

Currently, Microsoft's campus supports a workforce of 48,000 across 125 buildings.

Downtown Seattle-based in September said it was planning a sprawling second headquarters in another location, and later received proposals from more than 200 cities vying for the project. Throughout its growth, the company has been committed to the region where its founders were born and bred.

"We want to create a campus that creates the best workplace we can envision for our employees, where they can be creative, where they can learn and collaborate with each other, where they can create technology that moves forward for our customers", explains Smith. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

Microsoft's local commitment, however, remains.

Work on the campus overhaul will begin in fall 2018 and is expected to last up to seven years.

Microsoft has announced a massive overhaul to its main campus in Redmond, Washington. "Neighboring a vibrant urban core, suburban towns, lakes, mountains, and miles of forest, it's one of Microsoft's crown jewels".

Microsoft says the new campus will be "built for pedestrians and bikes" with vehicle parking moved underground. The software giant will replace 12 of the existing buildings with the new modern campus, focus towards improved productivity and team-work. The new design also features a community space for 8,000 to 12,000 people in an open-air plaza and outdoor areas including running and walking trails, sports facilities and green spaces. A new pedestrian bridge will cross the highway that separates the east and west sides of Microsoft's campus. They have already contributed more than $33-million toward the construction of a Sound Transit Station in Redmond.

And while we transform our workspace inside, we will renovate the exterior to create more opportunities to exercise, play and connect with nature for the people who work at Microsoft and those who live nearby. At that time, Microsoft noted that the underground parking garage at the center of its West Campus would be among the largest in the country, with capacity for 5,000 cars.

The development is the latest in a series of big-ticket real estate projects undertaken by major tech firms. The anchor tenant of the Spring District, perhaps not coincidentally, is the Global Innovation Exchange, the Microsoft-backed graduate education program run by University of Washington and China's Tsinghua University.

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

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