Microsoft Corp.’s plan to redevelop its Redmond campus, more than merely adding new buildings, would significantly reshape major portions of the software giant’s sprawling corporate home.
Internal company documents describe an extensive series of potential changes — including plans to redesign key campus entrances, replace surface lots with parking structures, establish a centralized campus traffic circle, and create new internal roadways to cross and connect different parts of the campus.
The documents identify the structures slated for eventual demolition. And they address some potentially controversial aspects of the development plan, such as the company’s proposal to ultimately put new buildings on the existing sports fields at the center of the main campus.
The latest details come after parts of the plan were disclosed by Microsoft in a filing with the city of Redmond earlier this month. Those plans included a tentative proposal for an additional overpass across state Route 520, creating a new link between the eastern and western sides of the campus.
Think of it as Microsoft’s extreme campus makeover — albeit in slow motion. The entire campus redevelopment would take place over the next one to two decades, ultimately adding enough space for 10,000 to 12,000 new employees.
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Well, I guess there will be enough space for me by the time get there.