The plan is to create more open office space to encourage greater collaboration and creativity among staff, similar to how some of Microsoft's tech rivals operate. Over the next several years, the company will level some of the existing structures, put up 18 new buildings, and renovate 6.7 million square feet. When this project is complete, our main campus will be comprised of 131 buildings-including the equivalent of 180 football fields of new and renovated space-of modern workspace for the 47,000 employees who work here every day, plus room to expand operations and add up to 8,000 more people.
"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".
Microsoft's office is getting a makeover. Cars will be stored in an underground parking facility. But as its ongoing search for a second headquarters highlights in no uncertain terms, the space-constrained Puget Sound region has few large undeveloped areas appropriate for an expansion that would accommodate up to 50,000 workers-the number Amazon said it may someday employ at its HQ2.
Microsoft announced the plans for expansion via the Microsoft blog.
Investing to grow right here at home - The Official Microsoft Blog
Microsoft's modern campus overhaul isn't as futuristic as the Apple Park, but the company says it's a major step forward for its culture, substantially expanding its headquarters with modern workplaces and creating 2,500 construction and development jobs in the area.
Our new buildings will focus on inclusive design and accessible technology to empower all of our employees. A bridge across WA-520, which will link both sides of its campus, will be for cyclists and walkers only.
Many Americans have never played cricket, but Microsoft does have a lot of employees from India, including CEO Satya Nadella, who's a big fan of the game, and from other former British colonies.
The renovation will see the iconic X-shaped buildings of Bill Gates' Microsoft era go.