Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Microsoft announces major expansion at Redmond campus

Microsoft announces major expansion at Redmond campus

"The 125 buildings that make Microsoft's campus will become 131 when the project is complete, with the inclusion of "$150 million (£112 million) in transportation infrastructure improvements, public spaces, sports fields and green space", Microsoft's blog post reads. Microsoft estimates the project could take up to seven years to complete and will involve the creation of roughly 2,500 construction and development jobs.

Microsoft today unveiled its plans for a major campus overhaul at its home, Redmond.

The company is pouring billions of dollars into this campus upgrade project and it will tear down 12 buildings in the process, replacing them with 18 bigger and more modern ones.

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), meanwhile, has built over the last decade a dense, a high-rise urban campus that has completely transformed Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, and more recently, the northern edge of downtown.

Microsoft headquarters was from its early days, and well into the 21st century, a campus for software engineers driving their roadsters to parking lots surrounding buildings full of individual offices.

Steve Ballmer plunging into Lake Bill on the Microsoft campus in an undated
Steve Ballmer plunging into Lake Bill on the Microsoft campus in an undated

The expansion will also see the addition of a 2-acre open plaza that can fit up to 12,000 people, walking trails, soccer and cricket facilities, and retail space.

For Nadella, a renovation like this is an opportunity to create a collaborative environment for work with a better balance of work and employee wellbeing.

Microsoft's modern campus overhaul isn't as futuristic as the Apple Park, but the company says it's a major step forward for its culture, substantially expanding its headquarters with modern workplaces and creating 2,500 construction and development jobs in the area.

"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". It will all connect seamlessly with the Redmond Technology Transit Station, which will ferry passengers by light rail to downtown Bellevue and Seattle.

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company".

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