Microsoft announces multi-year Redmond campus refresh

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Microsoft has announced some major construction plans at its Redmond campus.

Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150m in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space. With Apple's new UFO campus just completed, and Amazon running a weird version of The Batchelorette where cities compete for a multi-billion-dollar headquarters, Microsoft was left feeling all left out. Apple Inc. opened its sprawling new main campus in Cupertino, California, earlier this year, while Amazon.com Inc.is now looking for a city to host a second headquarters projected to cost more than $5 billion.

As part of the project, Microsoft will also tear down older buildings that no longer fit its needs.

Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella has been trying to shake up work culture at the world's largest software maker, turning it into a more open and collaborative environment with fewer employees sequestered in closed-door offices. The company says the expansion marks a commitment to their employees, the community, and the entire Puget Sound. 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.

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

"As Microsoft continues to create the tools and services that are shaping the future of work, we can't think of a better time to modernize our campus into a model of ingenuity and innovation".

The buildings will be closer together, and parking that is now adjacent will be moved underground. We will also build off the region's smart investments in transportation by constructing a foot- and cyclist-only bridge across WA-520 that will connect both sides of our campus and tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station where Link Light Rail will arrive in 2023.

Microsoft also says that it wants its new campus to be more open rather than formal, and it will divide it into a set of "team neighborhoods".

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

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