Redmond's current campus already holds some 47,000 staff across 125 buildings, but the campus refresh will see the number of buildings increase to 131, the equivalent size of 180 American football fields.
Microsoft has announced some major construction plans at its Redmond campus. 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.
It will be the company's biggest physical expansion in more than a decade. The development also includes a huge open plaza measuring two acres, which will be able to fit 12,000 people. The software giant will replace 12 of the existing buildings with the new modern campus, focus towards improved productivity and team-work. The space will be divided into what it calls "team neighborhoods".
Microsoft stated that the redevelopment of the campus would create over 2,500 new construction and development jobs.
In their place, and in the acres around them, 18 new buildings will rise, with flexible floor plans meant to foster collaboration, inspiration, and accessibility.
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.
It is clear that Nadella is looking to revive the work culture at Microsoft, making it a little more collaborative with employees coming out of the closed-door offices and working in a more interactive environment. This will connect with a planned Redmond Technology Transit Station where the Link Light Rail is expected to arrive in 2023.
The growth plan marks a continued shift away from the car-dependent campus of the last 30 years, made possible by the 2023 arrival of a light rail line that will make travelling to and from the campus without a auto easier than ever.
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.