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Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

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

The tech giant says the expansion of its 500-acre campus, which will break ground next fall, will take between five and seven years to complete and add 18 new buildings and $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements and public spaces totaling 6.7 million square feet of renovated space.

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters
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Microsoft will also construct a foot and cyclist-only bridge across WA-520 that will connect both sides of the campus and tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station where Link Light Rail will arrive in 2023.

Microsoft says the investment will involve approximately 2,500 construction jobs and will benefit the overall Puget Sound community, which includes the Washington cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Everett.

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Microsoft will tear down 12 existing buildings, including the iconic but outdated X-shaped low-rises that were the company's original Redmond home. A redesign and expansion a decade ago began to change that, with an emphasis on open floor plans and flexible, collaborative spaces, but the vehicle was still king-as evidenced by a 5,000-spot underground parking garage that underpinned the company's last big expansion, begun a decade ago.

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.

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Microsoft says the new campus will be "built for pedestrians and bikes" with vehicle parking moved underground. 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. Having been the bane of many Microsoft employee for their confusing corridors, it's unlikely they'll be missed.

Buildings on the campus will be closer together than before and its focus is more on pedestrianising Microsoft's headquarters, rather than turning it into a sprawl navigable only by vehicle. And we will continue to be Energy Smart, using Azure for building system monitoring to optimize our energy usage and reduce our carbon footprint.

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The renovation will see the iconic X-shaped buildings of Bill Gates' Microsoft era go.

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