The move by Microsoft stands in contrast to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, who created a frenzied bidding war with his plan to build a second North American headquarters in a yet undecided location. Throughout its growth, the company has been committed to the region where its founders were born and bred. "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". A redesign and expansion a decade ago began to change that, with an emphasis on open floor plans and flexible, collaborative spaces, but the vehicle was still king-as evidenced by a 5,000-spot underground parking garage that underpinned the company's last big expansion, begun a decade ago. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods", which I imagine turns every single day into a corporate retreat team-building exercise.
Microsoft's local commitment, however, remains.
Microsoft announced the development to employees Tuesday evening.
Microsoft plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its main campus in Redmond, Washington, adding space for 8,000 more workers and creating areas for collaboration and recreation as the company tries to keep up with growth in hiring and trends toward more open office spaces. "Neighboring a vibrant urban core, suburban towns, lakes, mountains, and miles of forest, it's one of Microsoft's crown jewels".
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Microsoft says the new campus will be "built for pedestrians and bikes" with auto parking moved underground.
The design includes a two-acre open-air plaza, featuring running and walking trails, sports facilities and green spaces. A new pedestrian bridge will cross the highway that separates the east and west sides of Microsoft's campus. This will connect with a planned Redmond Technology Transit Station where the Link Light Rail is expected to arrive in 2023.
Microsoft says that its Redmond HQ has been its home for more than three decades and "crown jewel".