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.
Redmond's current campus already holds some 47,000 staff across 125 buildings, but the campus refresh will see the number of buildings increase to 131, the equivalent size of 180 American football fields.
Microsoft has announced a massive overhaul to its main campus in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft's campus in Redmond is a 500-acre parcel that the software giant says is close to a "vibrant urban core, suburban towns, mountains, lakes, and forests". All vehicle parking will go underground, and in its place will spring up sports fields, a tree-lined boulevard, and a two-acre open plaza that can hold up to 12,000 people for events. Microsoft said this will foster creativity and innovation. Microsoft estimates the project could take up to seven years to complete and will involve the creation of roughly 2,500 construction and development jobs.
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Big Tech companies are one-upping each other on the most generous parental- leave policies, the best projects to run - and the best locations and spaces to work. There are also plans for a local light rail to take workers to and from locations around the campus. 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. Now, we can add Microsoft to the growing list of companies looking to spruce up their campus.
"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".
The developer of the Spring District, by the way, is Wright Runstad, which back in 1986 built the first six X-shaped buildings that will be replaced as part of this latest renovation. Instead, the firm envisions the new campus as a place filled with open spaces and plenty of light. Having been the bane of many Microsoft employee for their confusing corridors, it's unlikely they'll be missed.