Microsoft unveils plans for a new modern headquarters

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Now, we can add Microsoft to the growing list of companies looking to spruce up their campus.

Microsoft has announced plans to radically overhaul its existing campus in Redmond, Washington, and replace it with a bigger and more modern headquarters.

The campus will primarily be built for pedestrian and bike traffic as all vehicles will be moved to an underground parking facility. The company's current campus houses 125 buildings, but that number will rise to 131 by the time the expansion is complete. It's an investment that's good for our employees, good for the Puget Sound community, and makes good sense for our shareholders. It's also believed that 12 buildings will be knocked down and replaced with 18 buildings instead, many of which are double in height. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods". Following the opening of Apple's new spaceship campus in Cupertino, it seems that it also was an opportunity for Microsoft that it represents one of the best workplaces in the tech sector.

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That transportation emphasis is perhaps the biggest difference from the expansion plan a decade ago. The campus will also be connected to WA-520 on both sides and it will tie into the future Redmond Technology Transit Station linking the campus to Link Light Rail in 2023.

The growth plan marks a continued shift away from the car-dependent campus of the last 30 years, made possible by the 2023 arrival of a light rail line that will make travelling to and from the campus without a auto easier than ever. The campus revamp promises more natural light and a setting to "foster the type of creativity that will lead to ongoing innovation" writes Microsoft.

"We've focused on the cultural transformation of the company". The layout of those buildings is so confusing that employees used to joke that finding an office was an intelligence test to see if you were fit to work at Microsoft. The 18 new buildings part of the overhaul will be Energy-Smart Buildings that utilize Azure to monitor the building system and energy usage optimization, according to the company.

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