Microsoft unveils plans to revamp headquarters

WCN Editorial Team 1 Dec 2017 NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS

Software giant Microsoft has unveiled plans to overhaul its 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington.

The firm is set to launch a multi-year project next fall to develop 18 new buildings, new public spaces, transportation investments, and sports fields.

Microsoft currently has 125 buildings at its campus, and this will increase to 131 after the completion of the project.

The campus will house 47,000 employees who currently work at the company’s headquarters, and an additional 8,000 people.

Twelve old buildings will be demolished and 18 bigger buildings will be constructed as part of the campus redevelopment.

The project will take five to seven years for completion, and will include a two-acre open plaza that can accommodate 2,000 people, running and walking trails, facilities for soccer and cricket, and retail space.

The new campus will be divided into a series of ‘team neighbourhoods’.

The company will also create more opportunities for its employees to exercise, play and connect with nature.

The project will include $150m transportation infrastructure improvements.

Microsoft will make use of the learnings from its recent campus redevelopment projects in Redmond, Vancouver BC and the Paddington office in London.

All cars on the campus will be moved to an underground parking facility, leaving it open for pedestrians and bikes.

A foot- and cyclist-only bridge will be built across WA-520 that will connect both sides of the campus and tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station where Link Light Rail will arrive in 2023.

Microsoft recently unveiled tree houses for its employees to host meetings 12 feet above ground.

Earlier in 2017, Apple opened its new Apple Park campus, while Amazon is looking for its second headquarters.

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