At a time when space is at a premium
and many companies are looking for room to grow, we recognize that our
500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington, is a unique asset. 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.
Next fall, we will break ground on a multi-year campus refresh project
that will include 18 new buildings, 6.7 million square feet of renovated
workspace, $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements,
public spaces, sports fields and green space. Today Microsoft has 125
buildings in the Puget Sound region. When this project is complete, our
main campus will be comprised of 131 buildings — including the
equivalent of 180 football fields of new and renovated space — of modern
workspace for the 47,000 employees who work here every day, plus room to
expand operations and add up to 8,000 more people.
This project represents a significant investment by the company, will
involve roughly 2,500 construction and development jobs, and will take
five to seven years to complete. It’s an investment that’s good for our
employees, good for the Puget Sound community, and makes good sense for
our shareholders. We are not only creating a world-class work
environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global
talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and
that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact.
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. We will create that workplace in part by applying
our learnings from our other recent campus redevelopment projects in
Redmond, Vancouver B.C. and the Paddington office in London, and how
they have enabled teams to collaborate, showcase our workspace and
related technologies for customers and, most importantly, enhance the
experience for employees. Our new campus will be more open and less
formal, divided into a series of “team neighborhoods” while capturing
more natural light and fostering the type of creativity that will lead
to ongoing innovation to advance the industry and benefit our customers.
And while we transform our workspace inside, we will renovate the
exterior to create more opportunities to exercise, play and connect with
nature for the people who work at Microsoft and those who live nearby.
Our plans include a 2-acre open plaza that will fit up to 12,000 people,
running and walking trails, facilities for soccer and cricket, and
Our new buildings will focus on inclusive design and accessible
technology to empower all of our employees. The campus will be built for
pedestrians and bikes with all cars moved to an underground parking
facility. We will also build off the region’s smart investments in
transportation by constructing a foot- and cyclist-only bridge across
WA-520 that will connect both sides of our campus and tie into the
future Redmond Technology Transit Station where Link Light Rail will
arrive in 2023.
has been Microsoft’s home since 1986, and we are proud to be an active
part of the Puget Sound community. Microsoft is committed to remaining a
good neighbor and ensuring that our operations are run in a sustainable
way. 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. As a Zero Waste Certified campus we will continue to
focus further on waste-reduction initiatives. We’ll also continue to
fully fund transit options for employees, including ORCA transit cards,
carpool and vanpool, and Microsoft-run employee Connector buses and
other vehicles to supplement existing options. And we will continue to
be Energy Smart, using Azure for building system monitoring to optimize
our energy usage and reduce our carbon footprint.
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. As our plans and work
on this exciting project progress, we look forward to keeping you
updated on our journey.