Just last week Microsoft announced a major redevelopment at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The project will include the removal of 12 existing buildings and the construction of 18 new buildings along with new running and walking trails, open spaces and sports facilities. Today, Microsoft announced another major office infrastructure project. It has begun a major modernization of its Silicon Valley Campus in the San Francisco Bay Area. This project is scheduled for completion in December 2019.
Major Design features:
- Innovative neighborhood and courtyard concept that creates a continuum from outdoor to indoor spaces designed to improve employee health and wellbeing with easy access and connection to nature.
- To support employee health and productivity, the design optimizes access to natural light – no employee will be more than 30 feet from natural light.
- The project will utilize Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) as the primary structural element. CLT has less embodied energy, is responsible for less air and water pollution, and has a lighter carbon footprint than other commonly used building materials.
- We will modernize our workspaces to support collaboration, productivity and community through a more open and flexible team-based space approach.
Microsoft has mentioned that this will be their smartest, greenest office yet. You can learn more about this campus here.