Microsoft is planning to revamp their 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington. The multi-year campus refresh project 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. The campus renovation will start in fall of 2018.
The project is a massive investment by Microsoft and is going to help bring in more jobs into the Redmond area. Microsoft predicts that not only will the project allow for 8000 new employees but will also involve roughly 2,500 construction and development jobs, and will take roughly five to seven years to complete the entire project.
The project is also set to create more opportunities to exercise, play and connect with nature for the people who work at Microsoft and those who live nearby. Their 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 retail space. Microsoft are creating an incredible campus to help promote a positive and creative work environment whilst inspiring a healthy lifestyle.
The campus will be built into a car-free zone allowing access for only pedestrians and cyclists. All cars will be moved to an underground parking facility. To further this development they will also be a building 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.
Working alongside with the City of Redmond the campus officials will work closely with city officials on the approval for campus and building architectural designs, engineering, building permit review and land use code compliance. Already operating as a zero-waste certified campus, Microsoft will continue to look for new ways to help to focus further initiatives around waste reduction. Additionally, they will continue to support transit options for employees, including ORCA transit cards, carpool and vanpool, and Microsoft-run employee Connector buses and other vehicles to supplement existing options.