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.
When complete, the company's campus will boast 131 total buildings - up from 125 following the demolition of 12 current buildings - and hold room for up to 8,000 more people on top of the 47,000 that already work on the facility.
"The campus will be built for pedestrians and bikes with all cars moved to an underground parking facility", Smith notes.
Buildings on the campus will be closer together than before and its focus is more on pedestrianising Microsoft's headquarters, rather than turning it into a sprawl navigable only by vehicle.
Microsoft wrote on its blog, "This project represents a significant investment by the company, will involve roughly 2,500 construction and development jobs, and will take five to seven years to complete".
Big Tech companies are one-upping each other on the most generous parental- leave policies, the best projects to run - and the best locations and spaces to work. It's also believed that 12 buildings will be knocked down and replaced with 18 buildings instead, many of which are double in height. However, with the new buildings, the company plans to take a different approach.
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. Instead, the firm envisions the new campus as a place filled with open spaces and plenty of light. The multiyear project is Microsoft's largest redevelopment to date, it said.
The renovation will see the iconic X-shaped buildings of Bill Gates' Microsoft era go. 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 company also secured a zoning change previous year that allows it to construct some buildings on the east side of its campus up to 10 stories tall, but it said it has no plans for that height now.