Microsoft plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its Redmond headquarters

Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150m in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space. The company's current campus houses 125 buildings, but that number will rise to 131 by the time the expansion is complete.

"And while we transform our workspace inside, we will renovate the exterior to create more opportunities to exercise, play and connect with nature for the people who work at Microsoft and those who live nearby". Microsoft is investing billions of dollars to redevelop it campus, and the company will tear down 12 old buildings to create the bigger 18 replacements. Microsoft's campus in Redmond is a 500-acre parcel that the software giant says is close to a "vibrant urban core, suburban towns, mountains, lakes, and forests". The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

Microsoft's new campus will be built with a major focus on collaboration and team-work, and the company is taking inspiration from its existing modern workplaces at its Paddington office in London and Vancouver B.C. Cars will be stored in an underground parking facility.

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Microsoft says the new campus will be "built for pedestrians and bikes" with auto parking moved underground.

Microsoft stated that the redevelopment of the campus would create over 2,500 new construction and development jobs.

Microsoft announced the development to employees Tuesday evening.

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Work on the campus overhaul will begin in fall 2018 and is expected to last up to seven years.

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 vehicle easier than ever.

Microsoft did not disclose how much total they are spending on the expansion. 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.

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The developer of the Spring District, by the way, is Wright Runstad, which back in 1986 built the first six X-shaped buildings that will be replaced as part of this latest renovation.

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