In fact, the Redmond company is taking a fairly "new age" approach to its campus, touting it nearly as somewhere workers will not want to leave. Amazon has been looking at cities across North America for a spot to build a second headquarters that will be as big as its Seattle hub. Throughout its growth, the company has been committed to the region where its founders were born and bred.
Microsoft's office is getting a makeover.
The buildings will be closer together, and parking that is now adjacent will be moved underground. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".
Microsoft stated that the redevelopment of the campus would create over 2,500 new construction and development jobs.
Microsoft's local commitment, however, remains.
Microsoft announced the plans for expansion via the Microsoft blog.
Work on the campus overhaul will begin in fall 2018 and is expected to last up to seven years.
Microsoft has announced plans to radically overhaul its existing campus in Redmond, Washington, and replace it with a bigger and more modern headquarters. 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. There are also plans for a local light rail to take workers to and from locations around the campus.
Microsoft's modern campus overhaul isn't as futuristic as the Apple Park, but the company says it's a major step forward for its culture, substantially expanding its headquarters with modern workplaces and creating 2,500 construction and development jobs in the area.
As part of the project, Microsoft will also tear down older buildings that no longer fit its needs. They were designed both to maximize the number of individual closed-door offices with windows-giving engineers of the day privacy and quiet in which to crunch code-and to be easily subdivided and leased to other tenants if the speculative software venture of the mid-1980s didn't pan out.
Our new buildings will focus on inclusive design and accessible technology to empower all of our employees.
A two-acre open air plaza will house running and walking trails, soccer and cricket fields, and retail space.