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Microsoft to Spend Billions Modernizing Redmond Campus

30 November 2017

Microsoft now has 125 buildings at its campus, and once the project is complete this will rise to 131 buildings.

Microsoft's decision to expand on the footprint of its campus in Redmond, Washington, its home since 1986, is in contrast to the highly-publicized office expansion plans of Seattle-based Amazon.

Microsoft's Redmond campus is in for a major facelift.

With the announcement, Microsoft is seeking to match the workplace upgrades many of its biggest rivals are pursuing.

The project is slated to take around five to seven years to complete and, according to Bloomberg, will cost multiple billions.

As part of the upgrade project, Microsoft's Redmond headquarters will get 18 additional buildings, as well as new sports fields, transportation investments worth $150 million, and public spaces. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods". Our plans include a 2-acre open plaza that will fit up to 12,000 people, running and walking trails, facilities for soccer and cricket, and retail space.

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The growth plan marks a continued shift away from the car-dependent campus of the last 30 years, made possible by the 2023 arrival of a light rail line that will make travelling to and from the campus without a vehicle easier than ever.

Microsoft plans to move all cars to an underground parking facility and is designing the campus entirely around pedestrians and bikes.

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

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company". We'll also continue to fully fund transit options for employees, including ORCA transit cards, carpool and vanpool, and Microsoft-run employee Connector buses and other vehicles to supplement existing options. "We are not only creating a world-class work environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact", Microsoft President Brad Smith outlined in an article.

Microsoft is overhauling its longtime headquarters with an 18-building construction project that will make room for another 8,000 workers.

Microsoft to Spend Billions Modernizing Redmond Campus