Microsoft is planning to refurbish its 500-acre campus in Redmond Washington. The company plans to replace it with a bigger and a more modern headquarters. Currently, Microsoft has 125 buildings in this campus. By the end of the project, they will have 131 buildings in total, which would add seating for 8,000 more employees making this space available for collaboration and recreation, as the company tries to cope with growth in hiring and open office spaces.
This plan will take five to seven years to knock down twelve low rise buildings at the heart of the company’s headquarters, and restore them with eighteen new buildings at double the height. According to Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, during an interview, the added space of the campus will be equivalent to 180 football fields.
“We’ve focused on the cultural transformation of the company. We want to create a work space that supports the culture we are creating,” Smith said. “A work space that encourages people to be creative, to work with each other and to learn from each other.”
The new buildings will be constructed close to each other, and the parking will be moved underground. The campus’ overall design will be more pedestrian-friendly. This project will create approximately 22,500 new jobs.
Apple recently opened its Apple Park campus earlier this year. While Amazon is looking for its second headquarters via a unique hunt countrywide. Microsoft doesn’t any plans to set up their campus, although the company recently unveiled tree houses for its employees to host meetings 12 feet above the ground.
Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has been trying to make changes in the company’s work culture by turning it into a more open and collaborative environment with fewer employees working behind closed doors. These new designs will also attribute community space for 8,000-12,000 people in an open air—plaza and outdoor areas including running and walking trails. The company has close to 47,000 employees in Washington State.