Throughout its growth, the company has been committed to the region where its founders were born and bred.
Artist's rendering of Microsoft's new headquarters. Cars will be stored in an underground parking facility. With the added square footage, the campus' space will be the equivalent of 180 football fields.
Microsoft's local commitment, however, remains. Further, Smith told GeekWire that the company does not intend to offload any of its downtown Bellevue space or vacate the offices in Issaquah, where it recently renewed a big lease.
Microsoft hasn't said how much such renovation work will set it back, but it's unlikely going to be cheap as there's nearly certainly going to be some high-end luxury modern design, possibly to stick two fingers up as Apple's "Spaceship" campus in California, particularity when Microsoft says the campus will focus on "inclusive design and accessible technology" to "empower" employees. "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. 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.
Investing to grow right here at home - The Official Microsoft Blog
For Nadella, a renovation like this is an opportunity to create a collaborative environment for work with a better balance of work and employee wellbeing.
The five-to seven-year plan will knock down 12 low-rise buildings at the heart of the company's original headquarters and replace them with 18 new buildings, many of them double the height, President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said in an interview.
In total, Microsoft will add 18 new buildings, along with updating existing workspaces.
A two-acre open plaza, for example, will accommodate up to 12,000 people and sounds ideal for social gatherings, concerts and the like. A new pedestrian bridge will cross the highway that separates the east and west sides of Microsoft's campus. They have already contributed more than $33-million toward the construction of a Sound Transit Station in Redmond.
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