Microsoft announces ambitious move to rebuild 500 acres Seattle HQ

Microsoft has announced a massive overhaul to its main campus in Redmond, Washington. 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. Apple Inc. opened its sprawling new main campus in Cupertino, California, earlier this year, while Amazon.com Inc.is now looking for a city to host a second headquarters projected to cost more than $5 billion.

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. Under the plan, the company will tear down 12 of the buildings now used by employees and build 18 new facilities in their place that are expected to be up to twice as tall.

The campus will primarily be built for pedestrian and bike traffic as all vehicles will be moved to an underground parking facility.

Microsoft today unveiled its plans for a major campus overhaul at its home, Redmond.

That transportation emphasis is perhaps the biggest difference from the expansion plan a decade ago.

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Microsoft's future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people.

"We are not only creating a world-class work environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact", says Microsoft. 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. The project will create about 2,500 new construction and development jobs, Microsoft said.

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company".

When complete, Microsoft expects the 500-acre campus to have a green carbon footprint with an energy monitoring service run by the Azure cloud computing service, which Microsoft owns.

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