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

Microsoft Announces Massive Redmond Campus Expansion And Up To 8000 New 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 plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of the Redmond campus, developing 18 new buildings by the end of 2024, its biggest physical expansion after more than a decade. Following the opening of Apple's new spaceship campus in Cupertino, it seems that it also was an opportunity for Microsoft that it represents one of the best workplaces in the tech sector.

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. The project would take about five and seven years to complete.

Over the next five to seven years, the company will construct 18 new buildings on the campus, which now has 80. There are also plans for a local light rail to take workers to and from locations around the campus.

While the redevelopment announced Tuesday will also feature underground parking and vehicle infrastructure, it will be built "with the automated vehicles of the near-future in mind", according to another Microsoft blog post on the project.

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. Ten of the structures being replaced are the original X-shaped buildings that marked the early days of Microsoft in Redmond.

"With 500 acres, we can construct a somewhat more urban feel to parts of our campus, while still taking advantage of the nature", he said.

Redmond has been Microsoft's home since 1986, and we are proud to be an active part of the Puget Sound community. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods", which I imagine turns every single day into a corporate retreat team-building exercise.

The company also secured a zoning change past year that allows it to construct some buildings on the east side of its campus up to 10 stories tall, but it said it has no plans for that height now.

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