Microsoft Will Demolish Its Campus to Build a Mini

30 November, 2017, 13:37 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft has announced plans to radically overhaul its existing campus in Redmond, Washington, and replace it with a bigger and more modern headquarters. The company's current campus houses 125 buildings, but that number will rise to 131 by the time the expansion is complete. Along with the new buildings and public spaces, Microsoft's new campus is created to have running and walking trails and an open-air plaza capable of holding 8,000 to 12,000 people.

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.

Several of the new Microsoft buildings will be four stories tall and centered on a new 2-acre plaza where events can be held - giving the campus a bit of an urban vibe, Smith said. Pretty much every employee got their own office, a perk that helped Microsoft attract talent.

As part of this new green focus, the campus will be built for pedestrians and bikes. We prize our relationship with the City of Redmond and will work closely with officials on the approval for campus and building architectural designs, engineering, building permit review and land use code compliance.

Microsoft New Campus
A render of Microsoft's new

Microsoft declined to put a price tag on its expansion and renovation plan, saying only that it would be a multibillion-dollar project. Instead, the firm envisions the new campus as a place filled with open spaces and plenty of light. It will be the company's biggest physical expansion in more than a decade. We will also build off the region's smart investments in transportation by constructing a foot- and cyclist-only bridge across WA-520 that will connect both sides of our campus and tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station where Link Light Rail will arrive in 2023.

Work on the campus overhaul will begin in fall 2018 and is expected to last up to seven years.

Microsoft also plans to renovate and modernize their other existing buildings across their Redmond campus.

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