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PHOENIX (AP) Microsoft has announced it will build three data center campuses in Arizona to support the growing demand for cloud and internet services across the West. The technology giant intends to develop two of the campuses in Goodyear and one in El Mirage, both in suburban Phoenix.

Those interested in Apple Park might have gotten a sneak peak with a drone video, but Microsoft employees can now explore their new campus in the virtual world of Minecraft before construction is complete. The company is currently updating its 500-acre campus in Redmond, Wash., to include an additional 18 buildings (the campus already holds more 100), fields for cricket and soccer, and shops, The Verge reported.

DETROIT (AP) An 800-ft.-tall centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The 58-story building dominating the local skyline will rise on the site of the iconic J.L.

Microsoft has big construction plans for its campus in Redmond, Wash. The tech giant announced Nov. 28 a massive project that includes the renovation and expansion of its facilities, called the “Microsoft Redmond Campus of the Future,” K5 reported.

Facebook plans to build a massive new $750 million data center in central Virginia, with an energy-efficient design and a plan to boost the state's adoption of renewable power. The social media giant said Thursday that the center in Henrico County, just outside Richmond, will conserve energy by incorporating outdoor air and "direct evaporative cooling systems."Facebook also is partnering with Dominion Energy to offset the energy used by the data center with power produced by new solar installations around the state.

Employees at Gilbane Building Company, a commercial construction firm based in Rhode Island, usually work off paper blueprints or with digital models that they view on computers or iPads. But Gilbane senior manager John Myers now gets a closer look by putting Microsoft's augmented-reality computer, HoloLens, on his head.