We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city

We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city

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. Microsoft's Redmond campus, which opened in 1986, now totals 15 million square feet in 125 buildings.

Smith says the expansion will have several new features including a two-acre open plaza for events, sports facilities, walking trails, modernized and open workspaces, a retail store, and a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over State Route 520. "And as we continue to grow and look to create the best workplace in the tech sector, Microsoft will invest right here in Redmond, our home for more than 30 years". The project will take roughly 5-7 years to complete, and the first building will be ready in the first five years. Its plan is to build on existing ground and add capacity for an additional 8,000 staff members along with creating more open spaces in the process.

The work will be done about the same time that the Redmond light-rail station opens, scheduled for 2023.

Microsoft has already informed the employees about the plans, and on Wednesday, the company would discuss the plans at the shareholders meeting. It's also believed that 12 buildings will be knocked down and replaced with 18 buildings instead, many of which are double in height.

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.

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Work on the campus overhaul will begin in fall 2018 and is expected to last up to seven years. Currently, Microsoft's campus supports a workforce of 48,000 across 125 buildings.

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

That new culture, which emphasizes collaboration among teams, has been a rallying cry for the company since CEO Satya Nadella took over the reins in February 2014.

"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.

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