Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150m in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space. 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.
The new construction will add about 2.5 million sq. feet (0,23 sq. kms) of new space that will allow the company to bring 8,000 new employees on campus (the current campus occupies about 15 million sq. feet, or 1.39 sq. kms, and hosts over 47,000 employees). It's also believed that 12 buildings will be knocked down and replaced with 18 buildings instead, many of which are double in height. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods", which I imagine turns every single day into a corporate retreat team-building exercise. Those staffers will have access to new open work spaces in the planned buildings, another 6.7 million square feet of renovated offices split up among 12 existing facilities and a variety of amenities.
That divergence was underscored Tuesday by Microsoft's announcement of a major redevelopment and expansion of its headquarters campus in Redmond, about 16 miles east of Seattle.
The move by Microsoft stands in contrast to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, who created a frenzied bidding war with his plan to build a second North American headquarters in a yet undecided location.More news: Powder-Snorting High School Teacher Arrested After Getting Busted by Students
A two-acre open air plaza will house running and walking trails, soccer and cricket fields, and retail space.
As our employees create the tools and services of the future workspace for our customers, it's important they have a campus that reflects that future for themselves.
Working in Redmond's Pacific Northwest Douglas firs to boost productivity and creativity for Microsoft employees. The campus will also be connected to WA-520 on both sides and it will tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station linking the campus to Link Light Rail in 2023.
"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company". Microsoft says it will help in the design of energy-smart buildings.