Microsoft plans to rebuild its Redmond headquarters, aims for mini-city feel

Following a similar path as Amazon, Microsoft announced plans Wednesday to demolish and refresh its Redmond, Wash., headquarters.

Microsoft sees its campus redesign as an investment in both the company and the neighborhood, where it has called home for more than 30 years. It plans to break ground on the five to seven-year project, which will include 18 new buildings, 6.7 million square feet of renovated workspace, $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements, public spaces, sports fields and green space, as early as next fall.

When the project is complete, the company will have room to expand operations and add up to 8,000 more employees, wrote Brad Smith, Microsoft's president, in a company blog post.

"Our goal is to build the most modern workplace and create the best employee experience in our industry I think in the world," Mr. Smith added. "It is a clear commitment to our employees and to this region."

Another tech giant is expanding its headquarters. Amazon began the search for a separate, second headquarters — dubbed HQ2 — in September. More than 200 cities submitted proposals to take over as Amazon's second home, but the online retailer has not yet reached a decision.

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