Once complete, the campus will have 131 buildings, compared with today's 125 buildings, and will offer workspace for the 47,000 employees who now work there, plus room for an additional 8,000 people.
Microsoft has announced some major construction plans at its Redmond campus.
It's unclear if Microsoft will actually add 8,000 new employees to its Redmond campus or use the expansion, in part, to consolidate some of its Puget Sound area employees in about 45 other buildings.
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Microsoft says the new campus will be "built for pedestrians and bikes" with vehicle parking moved underground. The campus revamp promises more natural light and a setting to "foster the type of creativity that will lead to ongoing innovation" writes Microsoft. In a two-minute video, Microsoft lays out its plan to raze existing buildings, and completely overhaul the 500-acre space with 18 new buildings, jogging and walking trails, retail space, and even a cricket field.
"This project represents a significant investment by the company, will involve roughly 2500 construction and development jobs, and will take five to seven years to complete", Smith said. 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.
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. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods", which I imagine turns every single day into a corporate retreat team-building exercise. That would enable Microsoft to raise the headcount at Redmond to a staggering 55,000 employees. This bridge will also connect to the upcoming Redmond Technology Transit Station, which will welcome Link Light Rail in 2023. Ten of the structures being replaced are the original X-shaped buildings that marked the early days of Microsoft in Redmond.