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Microsoft plans to expand Redmond campus

Microsoft plans to expand Redmond campus

"At a time when space is at a premium and many companies are looking for room to grow, we recognize that our 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington, is a unique asset", writes Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, in a blog post.

Microsoft's decision to expand on the footprint of its campus in Redmond, Washington, its home since 1986, is in contrast to the highly publicized office expansion plans of Seattle-based Amazon.

Well, that's all about to end. Its plan is to build on existing ground and add capacity for an additional 8,000 staff members along with creating more open spaces in the process.

The buildings will be closer together, and parking that is now adjacent will be moved underground. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods". As 18 new buildings would be constructed on the Microsoft Redmond Campus, 12 older buildings would be bulldozed. 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.

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

Many Americans have never played cricket, but Microsoft does have a lot of employees from India, including CEO Satya Nadella, who's a big fan of the game, and from other former British colonies. Already, 42 percent of Microsoft's employees get to work by means other than a single-occupant vehicle-but that means something like 27,300 employees are gripping the wheel in the region's worsening traffic each day.

As our employees create the tools and services of the future workspace for our customers, it's important they have a campus that reflects that future for themselves.

The design includes a two-acre open-air plaza, featuring running and walking trails, sports facilities and green spaces. The campus will also be connected to WA-520 on both sides and it will tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station linking the campus to Link Light Rail in 2023. As a Zero Waste Certified campus we will continue to focus further on waste-reduction initiatives. The 18 new buildings part of the overhaul will be Energy-Smart Buildings that utilize Azure to monitor the building system and energy usage optimization, according to the company.

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