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Microsoft reveals plans to transform campus by 2023

30 November 2017, 01:37 | Jenny Fowler

Apple's Spaceship better look out, Microsoft is modernizing its HQ too

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

"When this project is complete, our main campus will be comprised of 131 buildings - including the equivalent of 180 [American] football fields of new and renovated space".

Microsoft has announced plans to radically overhaul its existing campus in Redmond, Washington, and replace it with a bigger and more modern headquarters.

In total, Microsoft will add 18 new buildings, along with updating existing workspaces.

Buildings on the campus will be closer together than before and its focus is more on pedestrianising Microsoft's headquarters, rather than turning it into a sprawl navigable only by vehicle.

The growth plan marks a continued shift away from the car-dependent campus of the last 30 years, made possible by the 2023 arrival of a light rail line that will make travelling to and from the campus without a vehicle easier than ever. Microsoft is investing billions of dollars to redevelop it campus, and the company will tear down 12 old buildings to create the bigger 18 replacements.

"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 plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters
Microsoft is building a massive new HQ that looks nothing like Apple's

"This is going to be an extremely intelligent campus, not because of devices but because of infrastructure", says Bill Lee, Microsoft's director of real estate, planning, and development, in the company's post. "There's an opportunity to build a somewhat denser campus and create a somewhat more urban feel", Smith said.

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

When Microsoft settled in to its headquarters in Redmond in 1986, its early buildings were built to emphasize personal working space and lots of windows. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

"We want to create a campus that creates the best workplace we can envision for our employees, where they can be creative, where they can learn and collaborate with each other, where they can create technology that moves forward for our customers", explains Smith.

Work on the campus overhaul will begin in fall 2018 and is expected to last up to seven years.

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