Microsoft is reinvesting in its Redmond campus, and plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to do it.
The new project at the 500-acre campus will include 18 new buildings (replacing 12 others), an additional 6.7 million square feet of renovated workspace, and “$150 million in transportation infrastructure, improvements, public spaces, sports fields and green space.”
The company plans to break ground in fall 2018, and the project is expected to last five to seven years.
In a blog on Microsoft’s official website, President Brad Smith said, “When this project is complete, our main campus will be comprised (sic) 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.”
See a video rendering of the planned nine-figure transformation below:
Another official Microsoft blog by Natalie Singer-Velush goes through how this renovation builds “the workspace of the future,” including revamped offices and buildings, more communal work spaces, a foot- and bicycle-only bridge connecting to the space for the future light rail station coming to Redmond in six years, and all sorts of other technological bells and whistles.
Quartz notes that Microsoft is doing what many companies are now avoiding by doubling down on a suburban office park, also noting that 4,000 people ride Microsoft’s 94 Seattle-area Connector buses.
And The New York Times contrasts Microsoft’s plans with Puget Sound corporate neighbor Amazon’s HQ2 search that drawn 238 bids from cities all across North America. The Times quotes Brad Smith saying, “When it comes to headquarters, one is enough, we feel.”
According to a fact sheet about the project released by Microsoft, about 2,500 new jobs in construction and development will be created over the course of the project. The company also said it provides more than 47,000 jobs in Washington state, adding that its “employment impact” is estimated at 273,507 jobs, using a multiplier of 5.9.
Microsoft did not disclose the total dollar figure for this massive redevelopment project, and did not indicate what the total number of jobs at the Redmond campus would be at its conclusion.
See more about the project here.