Friday, 15 December, 2017

Microsoft announces multi-year Redmond campus refresh

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters Microsoft announces major expansion at Redmond campus
Garry Little | 30 November, 2017, 12:29

Microsoft has announced plans to radically overhaul its existing campus in Redmond, Washington, and replace it with a bigger and more modern headquarters. Microsoft now employs 47,000 at its Redmond headquarters.

Well, that's all about to end.

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.

The focus appears to be on friendly above-ground work and play space.

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. The company's current campus houses 125 buildings, but that number will rise to 131 by the time the expansion is complete. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

As part of the project, Microsoft will also tear down older buildings that no longer fit its needs.

"Our goal is to build the most modern workplace, and create the best employee experience in our industry", Microsoft President Brad Smith said.

"This project represents a significant investment by the company, will involve roughly 2,500 construction and development jobs, and will take five to seven years to complete".

It is clear that Nadella is looking to revive the work culture at Microsoft, making it a little more collaborative with employees coming out of the closed-door offices and working in a more interactive environment.

Microsoft's project is somewhat more traditional in comparison. Having been the bane of many Microsoft employee for their confusing corridors, it's unlikely they'll be missed. And we will continue to be Energy Smart, using Azure for building system monitoring to optimize our energy usage and reduce our carbon footprint.

The developer of the Spring District, by the way, is Wright Runstad, which back in 1986 built the first six X-shaped buildings that will be replaced as part of this latest renovation.

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