- Microsoft announced Tuesday it’s broken ground on a major renovation of its Mountain View campus.
- The project will increase workspace at the campus by 35%.
- The modernisation effort will focus on sustainability and connecting employees with the outdoors.
Microsoft is giving its Silicon Valley campus a major makeover.
The company announced Tuesday it has begun a renovation of its 32-acre campus in Mountain View, California, just north of San Jose. Microsoft will be adding office space on the campus. But the modernisation project will also focus on sustainability and improving employee access to outdoors spaces – a point Microsoft also emphasises at its main campus in Redmond, Washington.
“The new Silicon Valley Campus will build on our legacy in the area and demonstrate our commitment to empower employees, the community, and our natural resources” Kevin Scott, Microsoft’s chief technology officer, said in a blog post.
Notable upgrades include a four-acre living roof, a new fitness center, and a whole lot of windows. Additionally, Microsoft intends to design the campus so that all of the non-drinking water it uses for things like watering plants or flushing toilets either comes from rainfall or water recycled from places on campus such as its kitchens and drinking fountains. The company forecasts that the conservation effort to reduce its potable water consumption by more than 5%.
Microsoft expects to complete the renovation by December 2019.
The new office spaces at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus will be housed in connecting two-story structures.
The buildings will be constructed in part with Cross Laminated Timber, a type of wood panel that’s made by gluing multiple beams of wood together. CLT is significantly more expensive than other building materials, but it doesn’t require burning any fossil fuels to make and is considered to be more environmentally friendly than conventional lumber.
Employees will be able to take lunch breaks on the landscaped living roof.
Or in one of the many planned courtyards.
Microsoft is designing the campus around a “neighbourhood and courtyard concept” that will let employees move easily from indoors to out, the company said.
The new buildings will feature floor-to-ceiling windows.
The plan is that no employee will be further than 30 feet from a natural light source.
The project will “follow a modern, holistic design sensibility that helps connect employees to each other,” Microsoft says.
One of the biggest perks will be a brand new fitness facility.
Even there, employees will be surrounded by natural light.
Similar to Apple’s new campus, Microsoft will feature a new theatre.
But Microsoft’s seemingly won’t match Apple’s Steve Jobs theatre, the entrance of which is encased entirely in glass.