Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

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Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

Microsoft now employs 47,000 at its Redmond headquarters. 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 company has 47,000 employees working at the Redmond campus today and once the expansion is completed there will be space for an additional 8000 staff.

Microsoft's Redmond campus is in for a major facelift.

When all is said and done, Microsoft President Brad Smith says 6.7 million square feet would have been renovated on the campus creating 2,500 construction jobs.

Microsoft declined to put a price tag on its expansion and renovation plan, saying only that it would be a multibillion-dollar project.

The extension of Microsoft's Redmond campus is a reflection of the company's recent growth, and it also follows other redevelopment projects at Microsoft's offices in Vancouver BC and London. 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.

PixabayMicrosoft Redmond campus - what are the plans? To create more space and facilitate a pedestrian-friendly environment, the company will move its 131 buildings closer together and relocate parking facilities underground. They will surround expanses of soccer and cricket fields, running trails, and a central plaza capable of hosting farmers' markets, music performances, and up to 12,000 people for corporate events. We will also build off the region's smart investments in transportation by constructing a foot- and cyclist-only bridge across WA-520 that will connect both sides of our campus and tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station where Link Light Rail will arrive in 2023. As a Zero Waste Certified campus we will continue to focus further on waste-reduction initiatives.

Microsoft's video shows how the campus will develop and what it will feature. The layout of those buildings is so confusing that employees used to joke that finding an office was an intelligence test to see if you were fit to work at Microsoft.

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