Sherif Seda reporting – Redmond, WA.
Microsoft has announced big plans to expand its headquarters in Redmond, Washington over the next 7 years.
The project with an over bridge link connecting the new and the current campus will include a $150 million transportation infrastructure with cycling and pedestrian paths.
The project is Microsoft’s biggest redevelopment to date.
Over the next seven years, the company will construct 18 new buildings and renovate several others to give them a vibrant modern look and feel.
“For us, it’s not just about the ability to grow, but about the ability to take our campus into the future,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said.
The tech giant Amazon is expanding in downtown Seattle, while also seeking a second North American location to build a second HQ2. Expedia, which is based in Bellevue, is planning to move to Seattle’s waterfront because the online travel company believes it will help with recruiting.
But Microsoft can create a city vibe, coupled with nature on its own campus, it says.
“(We have the) opportunity to really create a working environment that matches our new culture,” Smith said.