Microsoft Announces Massive Redmond Campus Expansion And Up To 8000 New Workers

30 November, 2017, 13:06 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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.

When complete, the company's campus will boast 131 total buildings - up from 125 following the demolition of 12 current buildings - and hold room for up to 8,000 more people on top of the 47,000 that already work on the facility.

Microsoft is planning the most drastic change to their Redmond campus since 2006. Microsoft's campus in Redmond is a 500-acre parcel that the software giant says is close to a "vibrant urban core, suburban towns, mountains, lakes, and forests".

Microsoft declined to put a price tag on its expansion and renovation plan, saying only that it would be a multibillion-dollar project. All vehicle parking will go underground, and in its place will spring up sports fields, a tree-lined boulevard, and a two-acre open plaza that can hold up to 12,000 people for events.

Microsoft will tear down 12 existing buildings, including the iconic but outdated X-shaped low-rises that were the company's original Redmond home. "Overall, Microsoft said, it will add "$150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements, public spaces, sports fields and green space". "It's an investment that's good for our employees, good for the Puget Sound community, and makes good sense for our shareholders", said Smith. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods", which I imagine turns every single day into a corporate retreat team-building exercise.

Microsoft New Campus
A render of Microsoft's new

Microsoft says the new campus will be "built for pedestrians and bikes" with vehicle parking moved underground. It will all connect seamlessly with the Redmond Technology Transit Station, which will ferry passengers by light rail to downtown Bellevue and Seattle.

Microsoft announced the development to employees Tuesday evening.

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.

As Microsoft continues to create the tools and services that are shaping the future of work, we can't think of a better time to modernize our campus into a model of ingenuity and innovation.

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