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Microsoft is building a massive new headquarters that looks nothing like Apple's

Microsoft is building a massive new headquarters that looks nothing like Apple's

Along with the new buildings and public spaces, Microsoft's new campus is created to have running and walking trails and an open-air plaza capable of holding 8,000 to 12,000 people.

Redmond's current campus already holds some 47,000 staff across 125 buildings, but the campus refresh will see the number of buildings increase to 131, the equivalent size of 180 American football fields.

Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, will be redesigned and renovated over the next seven years to add space for up to 8,000 new employees, the company announced Wednesday.

Microsoft today unveiled its plans for a major campus overhaul at its home, Redmond. Instead, the firm envisions the new campus as a place filled with open spaces and plenty of light.

Many Americans have never played cricket, but Microsoft does have a lot of employees from India, including CEO Satya Nadella, who's a big fan of the game, and from other former British colonies. It's also believed that 12 buildings will be knocked down and replaced with 18 buildings instead, many of which are double in height.

Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150m in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

A notable element of the project is Microsoft's plans to construct several underground parking garages with the intention of making the campus car-free and suitable for walking and bicycles.

"We want to create a campus that creates the best workplace we can envision for our employees, where they can be creative, where they can learn and collaborate with each other, where they can create technology that moves forward for our customers", explains Smith. The bridge will also tie into a forthcoming Link Light Rail station set to arrive in 2023.

The massive redesign is expected to create 2,500 construction and development jobs. As a Zero Waste Certified campus we will continue to focus further on waste-reduction initiatives. We prize our relationship with the City of Redmond and will work closely with officials on the approval for campus and building architectural designs, engineering, building permit review and land use code compliance.


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