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Apple's Spaceship better look out, Microsoft is modernizing its headquarters too

30 Ноября 2017

When all is said and done, Microsoft President Brad Smith says 6.7 million square feet would have been renovated on the campus creating 2,500 construction jobs. That would enable Microsoft to raise the headcount at Redmond to a staggering 55,000 employees.

The developer of the Spring District, by the way, is Wright Runstad, which back in 1986 built the first six X-shaped buildings that will be replaced as part of this latest renovation.

Microsoft is planning to overhaul its 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington.

Microsoft will tear down 12 existing buildings, including the iconic but outdated X-shaped low-rises that were the company's original Redmond home.

Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

Microsoft Corp. now employs about 47,000 people in 125 buildings in Washington's Puget Sound region. It looks like the firm will now take things just a step further by overhauling the look and feel of its campus. Microsoft says it will help in the design of energy-smart buildings. The days of an individual office for every employee seem to be ending as people gravitate toward communal spaces with high ceilings and colorful furniture. They will surround expanses of soccer and cricket fields, running trails, and a central plaza capable of hosting farmers' markets, music performances, and up to 12,000 people for corporate events.

Microsoft Corp. has embarked on yet another ambitious project, this time not in the public cloud or some other technology field but an altogether different area: real estate. That coexistence is underscored by the three new treehouses on Microsoft's campus - actual wooden huts set high among the trees that the company uses for natural, but unheated, conference rooms.

Microsoft did not put a price tag on the project, but no doubt it will run into the billions of dollars. There are also plans for a local light rail to take workers to and from locations around the campus.

With the announcement, Microsoft is seeking to match the workplace upgrades many of its biggest rivals are pursuing. But unlike Amazon, it doesn't need a second headquarters in order to excel.

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"(We have the) opportunity to really create a working environment that matches our new culture", Smith said.

Microsoft started renovating office spaces almost a decade ago and has already modernized several buildings in the open-format style. The space will be divided into what it calls "team neighborhoods". (Construction is expected to begin next fall.) Microsoft has some 47,000 employees in the region now.

Microsoft plans to move all cars to an underground parking facility and is designing the campus entirely around pedestrians and bikes.

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Apple's Spaceship better look out, Microsoft is modernizing its headquarters too