Microsoft's Washington HQ Is Getting a Multi-Billion Dollar Makeover

Leigh Mccormick
November 30, 2017

Microsoft plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of the Redmond campus, developing 18 new buildings by the end of 2024, its biggest physical expansion after more than a decade. The so-called "campus refresh" project will include 18 new buildings, nearly seven million square feet of renovated workspace, and $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements.

The new construction will add about 2.5 million sq. feet (0,23 sq. kms) of new space that will allow the company to bring 8,000 new employees on campus (the current campus occupies about 15 million sq. feet, or 1.39 sq. kms, and hosts over 47,000 employees). Along with the new buildings and public spaces, Microsoft's new campus is created to have running and walking trails and an open-air plaza capable of holding 8,000 to 12,000 people.

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

Artist's rendering of Microsoft's new headquarters. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods", which I imagine turns every single day into a corporate retreat team-building exercise.

Microsoft's office is getting a makeover.

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Microsoft stated that the redevelopment of the campus would create over 2,500 new construction and development jobs. The campus will be built for pedestrians and bikes with all cars moved to an underground parking facility.

Microsoft announced the development to employees Tuesday evening. In a two-minute video, Microsoft lays out its plan to raze existing buildings, and completely overhaul the 500-acre space with 18 new buildings, jogging and walking trails, retail space, and even a cricket field. The campus will also be connected to WA-520 on both sides and it will tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station linking the campus to Link Light Rail in 2023. We prize our relationship with the City of Redmond and will work closely with officials on the approval for campus and building architectural designs, engineering, building permit review and land use code compliance.

Microsoft's project is somewhat more traditional in comparison.

The renovation will see the iconic X-shaped buildings of Bill Gates' Microsoft era go.

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