Microsoft plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its Redmond headquarters

Bill Rogers
November 30, 2017

It's not building a spaceship campus as Apple did, but it will be adding 18 new buildings and up to 8,000 more workers to the payroll. After the renovations, it will therefore have 131 buildings, with modern workspace for the 47,000 employees at the campus, plus room to expand operations and add up to 8,000 more.

Microsoft hasn't said how much such renovation work will set it back, but it's unlikely going to be cheap as there's nearly certainly going to be some high-end luxury modern design, possibly to stick two fingers up as Apple's "Spaceship" campus in California, particularity when Microsoft says the campus will focus on "inclusive design and accessible technology" to "empower" employees.

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

Over the next five to seven years, the company will construct 18 new buildings on the campus, which now has 80. Further, Smith told GeekWire that the company does not intend to offload any of its downtown Bellevue space or vacate the offices in Issaquah, where it recently renewed a big lease.

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"And with the Microsoft announcement, it shows that at least one major corporation believes that the Pacific Northwest has talent and can bring in more people to satisfy their needs".

Microsoft's office is getting a makeover. Ten of the structures being replaced are the original X-shaped buildings that marked the early days of Microsoft in Redmond. Microsoft says it will help in the design of energy-smart buildings.

The company also secured a zoning change previous year that allows it to construct some buildings on the east side of its campus up to 10 stories tall, but it said it has no plans for that height now.

Microsoft's campus revamp is not the only effort to create an urban feel in the Seattle suburbs along the route of the new light rail line.

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