Microsoft to rebuild its Redmond campus, making room for 8000 additional jobs

Microsoft announces major overhaul of its Redmond campus

Microsoft is planning to overhaul its Redmond (Seattle), Washington campus in a multibillion-dollar operation that will take between five and seven years to complete. Set to start in earnest in fall 2018, the project will see 18 new buildings and 2.5 million square feet of new office space added to the campus. Microsoft's Redmond campus, which opened in 1986, now totals 15 million square feet in 125 buildings.

MICROSOFT LIKES big campuses and it can not lie, which is why its re-building its Seattle headquarters to fit in an extra 8,000 workers.

The extension of Microsoft's Redmond campus is a reflection of the company's recent growth, and it also follows other redevelopment projects at Microsoft's offices in Vancouver BC and London. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods". Auto parks that sat adjacent buildings will be moved underground to provide more space for buildings and recreational ground.

Considering that Apple recently opened its new Apple Park campus and Amazon is looking for a second headquarters, Microsoft's expansion plans are not exactly surprising. 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.

Microsoft announced the plans for expansion via the Microsoft blog. However, it's time to grow and invest more to upgrade it so that it can become the best workplace for the 47,000 Microsoft employees who work there.

The transformation at Redmond - where the company has been for 30 years - will include retail and sports facilities, including soccer and cricket spaces, which will also be available to those living nearby.

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

Microsoft's campus revamp is not the only effort to create an urban feel in the Seattle suburbs along the route of the new light rail line.

When complete, Microsoft expects the 500-acre campus to have a green carbon footprint with an energy monitoring service run by the Azure cloud computing service, which Microsoft owns.

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