Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, announced this week that the company's next expansion, planned to begin next fall, will be built on Microsoft's existing 500-acre campus.
"As we continue to grow and look to create the best workplace in the tech sector, Microsoft will invest right here in Redmond, our home for more than 30 years," Smith said.
The project will include 18 new buildings, 6.7 million square feet of renovated workspace, $150 million in transportation improvements, as well as public and green spaces.
The new buildings will focus on inclusive design and accessible. All cars will be moved to an underground parking facility and the company will continue its emphasis pedestrian and bike use by constructing a foot- and cyclist-only bridge across WA-520 to connect both sides of the campus, eventually tying into the future Redmond Technology Transit Light Rail.
"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," writes Smith. A new 2-acre plaza that will accommodate 12,000 people, soccer and cricket fields, walking and running trails, and retail space will give Microsoft employees plenty of opportunities to be in the moment.
Microsoft says the reno-expansion should take between five to seven years to complete and involve about 2,500 construction jobs.
"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. Neighboring a vibrant urban core, suburban towns, lakes, mountains and miles of forest, it’s one of Microsoft’s crown jewels. And as we continue to grow and look to create the best workplace in the tech sector, Microsoft will invest right here in Redmond, our home for more than 30 years."