Microsoft Announces Enormous Building Project at Headquarters

Overall, the five-to-seven-year project, which Microsoft said would create 2,500 new jobs, would replace the campus’ 12 existing buildings and add 18 more.

📅   Wed November 29, 2017 - National Edition
Emily Buenzle


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.
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.

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. Overall, the five-to-seven-year project, which Microsoft said would create 2,500 new jobs, would replace the campus' 12 existing buildings and add 18 more.

Highlights include:

  • an open plaza spanning two acres that will hold 12,000 people for various events;
  • a bridge over SR 520 to connect Redmond's East and West campuses for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • outdoor areas, such as walking and running trails, sports facilities and green spaces;
  • a main campus featuring stores and restaurants, including a Microsoft store;
  • pedestrian-only zones;
  • an underground smart packing area;
  • a Link Light Rail station; and
  • renovating and updating other buildings across the campus.
  • In all, Microsoft said that by project's end, it will have built 2.5 million sq. ft. and renovated 6.7 sq. ft. of office space, K5 reported.

    “Our goal is to build the most modern workplace and create the best employee experience in our industry I think in the world,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft president. “It is clear commitment to our employees and to this region. We only have one headquarters. This is it. Puget Sound is our home.”