Microsoft is building a massive new headquarters that looks nothing like Apple's

Microsoft Announces Plans to Rebuild Its Redmond Headquarters

Microsoft hasn't said how much such renovation work will set it back, but it's unlikely going to be cheap as there's nearly certainly going to be some high-end luxury modern design, possibly to stick two fingers up as Apple's "Spaceship" campus in California, particularity when Microsoft says the campus will focus on "inclusive design and accessible technology" to "empower" employees. 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.

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.

A notable element of the project is Microsoft's plans to construct several underground parking garages with the intention of making the campus car-free and suitable for walking and bicycles. However, for Microsoft, which has been restructuring its operations lately, this new development is a sign that the company is regaining confidence under the new chief executive Satya Nadella. "It's an investment that's good for our employees, good for the Puget Sound community, and makes good sense for our shareholders", said Smith. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods", which I imagine turns every single day into a corporate retreat team-building exercise.

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.




"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". A bridge across WA-520, which will link both sides of its campus, will be for cyclists and walkers only.

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company".

"Our goal is to build the most modern workplace, and create the best employee experience in our industry", Microsoft President Brad Smith said.

The move will add about 2.5 million square feet of office space, or enough to accommodate another 8,000 workers.

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