Microsoft is planning to overhaul its 500-acre headquarters in Redmond, Washington to build a larger campus. The software giant said that the work on the new campus will begin next fall and will constitute 18 new buildings, along with public spaces and transportation investments, to name a few. The new redevelopment project is said to make room for 8,000 additional workers.
According to a report by the Verge, Microsoft currently has 125 buildings at its Washington campus, and once this new project is complete the total will rise to 131 buildings. Microsoft further plans to redevelop the campus in phases. The new buildings will open in five-to-seven years. The new campus will also include a 2-acre open plaza that will fit 2,000 people.
“At a time when space is at a premium and many companies are looking for a room to grow, we recognize that our 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington, is a unique asset,” Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, said on the company’s blog. “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,” he further added.
Microsoft’s move comes right after Apple opened its new Apple Park campus earlier this year. To put things into perspective, the Apple Park is spread across 175 acres. This ring-shaped building with a 2.8 million-square-foot main building campus is completely decked with curved glass panels. It also includes one of the world’s largest solar installations, along with 100 percent renewable energy.