Microsoft unveils plans for a new modern headquarters

Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150m in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space.

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

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

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Microsoft's renovation budget is modest compared with the $5bn Apple spent on its new spaceship headquarters in Cupertino, while Microsoft's Washington neighbor and cloud rival, Amazon, will spend $5bn on a second North American headquarters, which will offer space for 50,000 people.

Microsoft says the investment will involve approximately 2,500 construction jobs and will benefit the overall Puget Sound community, which includes the Washington cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Everett.

A two-acre open air plaza will house running and walking trails, soccer and cricket fields, and retail space.

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The new campus will introduce 2.5 million square feet of new office space, allowing the company to add 8 thousand employees to its workforce of 47,000 employees in Redmond. Microsoft's Redmond campus, which opened in 1986, now totals 15 million square feet in 125 buildings.

Microsoft declined to put a price tag on its expansion and renovation plan, saying only that it would be a multibillion-dollar project. However, with the new buildings, the company plans to take a different approach. The bridge will also tie into a forthcoming Link Light Rail station set to arrive in 2023.

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company". The layout of those buildings is so confusing that employees used to joke that finding an office was an intelligence test to see if you were fit to work at Microsoft. Having been the bane of many Microsoft employee for their confusing corridors, it's unlikely they'll be missed. Microsoft says it will help in the design of energy-smart buildings.

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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.


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