Apple is busy trying to finish its new Apple Park spaceship campus and Amazon is preparing to build a "HQ2" in North America next year. This week, Microsoft announced it isn't going anywhere new, but the Redmond, Washington campus is set to be greatly expanded.
On the Official Microsoft Blog, Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, explains that the 500-acre Redmond campus is set to undergo a major expansion. The refresh project will include the addition of 18 new buildings and 6.7 million square feet of renovated workspace. Infrastructure will also be improved with $150 million be spent on "transportation infrastructure improvements, public spaces, sports fields and green space."
The Redmond campus is already so big as it needs to cope with 47,000 existing Microsoft employees. However, the expansion is necessary as Microsoft intends to employ up to another 8,000 people upon completion.
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The video above gives a good overview of what Microsoft has planned, and although cost isn't being discussed the scale of the changes suggest whatever the total figure is it will have a billion at the end. The company clearly thinks the renovation is both necessary and vital for the future if it wants to continue to, "retain and attract the best and brightest global talent."
The refresh is set to begin in the fall 2018 and won't be completed until some point between 2023 and 2025. During the project Microsoft says it will create 2,500 construction and development jobs, which will bring a further boost to the local economy. Upon completion, Microsoft will have 131 buildings and, "the equivalent of 180 football fields of new and renovated space."