Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Microsoft to start full renovation of Redmond campus

Microsoft to start full renovation of Redmond campus

Microsoft stated that the redevelopment of the campus would create over 2,500 new construction and development jobs.

Microsoft's local commitment, however, remains.

Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, will be redesigned and renovated over the next seven years to add space for up to 8,000 new employees, the company announced Wednesday. Overall, the campus will be designed more for pedestrians and usage of the local light rail, which will reach the campus by then based on the region's current plan. Microsoft writes, "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". All auto 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 is investing billions of dollars to redevelop it campus, and the company will tear down 12 old buildings to create the bigger 18 replacements.

In total, Microsoft will add 18 new buildings, along with updating existing workspaces. These amenities will be housed in a two acre open air plaza that will hold up to 12,000 people. Having been the bane of many Microsoft employee for their confusing corridors, it's unlikely they'll be missed. It is expected to be a car-free zone, with plenty of areas for employees to walk and enjoy.

Microsoft to start full renovation of Redmond campus
Microsoft to start full renovation of Redmond campus

Microsoft's video shows how the campus will develop and what it will feature. A bridge across WA-520, which will link both sides of its campus, will be for cyclists and walkers only. Elsewhere underground, the heat thrown off by cloud computing servers could be repurposed for food-growing programs. Microsoft says it will help in the design of energy-smart buildings. "To have a campus that reflects innovation, we prioritize that urban environment". The effect, at least from the concept video, makes it look far more like a university campus than Apple's new "Infinite Loop" campus, where all the focus is on one huge building.

Three stops away, the Spring District is already taking shape, modeled on dense city neighborhoods such as South Lake Union and Portland, OR's Pearl District.

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

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