Microsoft announces significant extension of its Redmond campus

Above Rendering of Microsoft's campus renovation

Work is expected to take between five and seven years to complete, coinciding with the planned 2023 arrival of a light rail station for the campus.

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.

"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", Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote in a blog post.

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

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. New sports fields and recreation trails will dot the area.

Usually, technology companies keep expanding their campus to integrate new technology.

Microsoft did not put a price tag on the project, but no doubt it will run into the billions of dollars.

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PixabayMicrosoft Redmond campus - what are the plans? Smith said that will give employees and new recruits the option of driving, taking the company's own Connector shuttle or zipping over the lake on the train, making it easier for those who want to live in Seattle and commute to Redmond. Salaries for software engineers are lucrative at pretty much every company, so businesses have turned to other perks to differentiate themselves. Further, Smith told GeekWire that the company does not intend to offload any of its downtown Bellevue space or vacate the offices in Issaquah, where it recently renewed a big lease.

Amazon is now searching for "HQ2", a separate, but equal headquarters to rival Seattle's.

"(We have the) opportunity to really create a working environment that matches our new culture", Smith said.

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In their place, and in the acres around them, 18 new buildings will rise, with flexible floor plans meant to foster collaboration, inspiration, and accessibility.

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