Microsoft plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its main campus in Redmond, Washington, adding space for 8,000 more workers and creating areas for collaboration and recreation as the company tries to keep up with growth in hiring and trends toward more open office spaces.
Microsoft announced today a massive extension project for its Redmond-based campus, which has been the company's home since 1986.
Well, that's all about to end.
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.
The campus will primarily be built for pedestrian and bike traffic as all vehicles will be moved to an underground parking facility.
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. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".
"As Microsoft continues to create the tools and services that are shaping the future of work, we can't think of a better time to modernize our campus into a model of ingenuity and innovation". The campus will also have facilities for cricket and soccer, walking and running trails as well as retail space so that its neighbors can also enjoy it. A bridge across WA-520, which will link both sides of its campus, will be for cyclists and walkers only. Microsoft writes, "And while we transform our workspace inside, we will renovate the exterior to create more opportunities to exercise, play and connect with nature for the people who work at Microsoft and those who live nearby".
"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company".
After decades in which high-tech workplaces were defined by bland, low-slung office buildings, the largest tech companies have seized on the idea that their campus designs can be assets in terms of attracting talent in a highly competitive marketplace, as well as making a strong visual statement about the company's brand, culture and values.