Microsoft today announced its plans for a major campus overhaul in Redmond, the home of the company. Starting next fall, Microsoft will begin investing a couple of billion dollars into the campus. 18 new buildings will be added. After the overhaul, the campus will have 2.5 million square meters of new office space which means that the company can add 8000 of employees to the 47000 people working on the campus today. The new buildings will replace 12 of the existing buildings. A modern campus can of course help improving productivity and team work which are both really important for companies today.
“This project represents a significant investment by the company, will involve roughly 2,500 construction and development jobs, and will take five to seven years to complete. It’s an investment that’s good for our employees, good for the Puget Sound community, and makes good sense for our shareholders. 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 Sams said in an article.
The entire project will take about 5-7 years to complete. The first new buildings will be opened in the first five years already.
Part of the project is also a huge 2-acre open plaza which will offer a variety of facilities. For events, the plaza will be able to hold up to 12000 people which means that Microsoft will probably host major events like Build in Redmond at its campus. Furthermore, Microsoft is also creating running and walking trails and facilities for soccer and cricket so that the employees can really enjoy their time at work.
Microsoft President Brad Smith: “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. We will create that workplace in part by applying our learnings from our other recent campus redevelopment projects in Redmond, Vancouver B.C. and the Paddington office in London, and how they have enabled teams to collaborate, showcase our workspace and related technologies for customers and, most importantly, enhance the experience for employees. Our new campus will be more open and less formal, divided into a series of “team neighborhoods” while capturing more natural light and fostering the type of creativity that will lead to ongoing innovation to advance the industry and benefit our customers.”