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Microsoft may have Apple HQ jealousy as it commits to Redmond refresh

Microsoft may have Apple HQ jealousy as it commits to Redmond refresh

Microsoft has announced a major renovation of its Redmond campus that will take seven years to complete, completely overhauling the look and feel of the place to introduce a "more open and less formal" working environment.

The massive redesign will begin next year and encompasses 18 new buildings, $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements, and almost 7 million square feet of renovations to existing workspace, Microsoft said. However, the net result will be an increase from 125 buildings today to 131 buildings once the project is complete.

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. The space will be divided into what it calls "team neighborhoods". All auto parking will go underground, and in its place will spring up sports fields, a tree-lined boulevard, and a two-acre open plaza that can hold up to 12,000 people for events. Its plan is to build on existing ground and add capacity for an additional 8,000 staff members along with creating more open spaces in the process.

Microsoft will embark on a significant modernization of its global headquarters, with a goal of 18 new buildings by the end of 2024.

Microsoft may have Apple HQ jealousy as it commits to Redmond refresh
Microsoft may have Apple HQ jealousy as it commits to Redmond refresh

That transportation emphasis is perhaps the biggest difference from the expansion plan a decade ago. The campus revamp promises more natural light and a setting to "foster the type of creativity that will lead to ongoing innovation" writes Microsoft.

Microsoft's new and improved headquarters will also feature public areas such as running and walking trails, soccer and cricket fields and retail space. This will connect with a planned Redmond Technology Transit Station where the Link Light Rail is expected to arrive in 2023. As a Zero Waste Certified campus we will continue to focus further on waste-reduction initiatives.

Microsoft's office is getting a makeover. The 18 new buildings part of the overhaul will be Energy-Smart Buildings that utilize Azure to monitor the building system and energy usage optimization, according to the company.




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