Microsoft plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its main campus in Redmond, Washington, adding space for 8,000 more workers and creating areas for collaboration and recreation as the company tries to keep up with growth in hiring and trends toward more open office spaces. Microsoft now has 125 buildings at its campus, and once the project is complete this will rise to 131 buildings. Microsoft now employs 47,000 at its Redmond headquarters. Under the plan, the company will tear down 12 of the buildings now used by employees and build 18 new facilities in their place that are expected to be up to twice as tall. The project will create about 2,500 new construction and development jobs, Microsoft said.
Microsoft will embark on a significant modernization of its global headquarters, with a goal of 18 new buildings by the end of 2024.
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), meanwhile, has built over the last decade a dense, a high-rise urban campus that has completely transformed Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, and more recently, the northern edge of downtown.
Microsoft announces major expansion at Redmond campus
It is clear that Nadella is looking to revive the work culture at Microsoft, making it a little more collaborative with employees coming out of the closed-door offices and working in a more interactive environment.
Microsoft's new and improved headquarters will also feature public areas such as running and walking trails, soccer and cricket fields and retail space. Having been the bane of many Microsoft employee for their confusing corridors, it's unlikely they'll be missed. Vehicle parks that sat adjacent buildings will be moved underground to provide more space for buildings and recreational ground. (Construction is expected to begin next fall.) Microsoft has some 47,000 employees in the region now. However, with the new buildings, the company plans to take a different approach. We prize our relationship with the City of Redmond and will work closely with officials on the approval for campus and building architectural designs, engineering, building permit review and land use code compliance.
The renovation will see the iconic X-shaped buildings of Bill Gates' Microsoft era go.