Microsoft Redmond Campus

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Microsoft Campus
Sign bearing the name "Microsoft"
A sign at the campus entrance
Built 1986
Location Redmond, Washington
Coordinates 47°38′31″N 122°07′38″W / 47.64194°N 122.12722°W / 47.64194; -122.12722Coordinates: 47°38′31″N 122°07′38″W / 47.64194°N 122.12722°W / 47.64194; -122.12722
Industry Technology
Employees 30,000–40,000
Buildings 80
Area 500 acres (200 ha)[1]
Address One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington
Owner(s) Microsoft

The Microsoft Campus is the informal name of Microsoft's corporate headquarters, located at One Microsoft Way in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft initially moved onto the grounds of the campus on February 26, 1986, weeks before the company went public on March 13. The headquarters has since experienced multiple expansions since its establishment.

It is estimated to encompass over 8 million square feet (740,000 m2) of office space and 30,000-40,000 employees.[2] Additional offices are located in Bellevue and Issaquah (90,000 employees world-wide). In January 2006, Microsoft announced the purchase of Safeco's Redmond campus.[3] (Formerly one of Redmond's major employers, Safeco began consolidating its offices in Seattle's University District at the Safeco Tower in 2005.)

In February 2006, Microsoft announced that it intended to expand its Redmond campus by 1,100,000 square feet (100,000 m2) at a cost of $1 billion and said that this would create space for between 7,000 and 15,000 new employees over the following three years.[4]

The Seattle Times reported in early September 2015 that Microsoft had hired architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to begin a multi-billion dollar redesign of the Redmond campus, using an additional 1.4 million square feet (130,000 m2) allowed by an agreement with the City of Redmond.[1] The city of Redmond had also approved a rezone in February 2015 to raise the height limit for buildings on the campus from 6 stories to 10.[5]

Notable buildings[edit]

  • The Commons, a 1.4-million-square-foot (130,000 m2) shopping mall that opened in 2009.[6] It consists of a main building called the Mixer, a smaller building call the Submixer and a large football field. The Mixer has a two-story cafeteria, a post office, a bank, a bike shop, several mobile shops and conference rooms for Microsoft employees.
  • Building 92 houses the Microsoft Visitor Center, the Company Store, a library for employees, and the Studios User Research lab.


The campus is located on both sides of the State Route 520 freeway, which connects it to the cities of Bellevue and Seattle as well as the Redmond city center. Microsoft paid part of the cost for an overpass over the freeway at NE 36th Street to relieve congestion on other cross-streets in the area.[7]

The campus is served by buses to Seattle and some Eastside cities at the Overlake Transit Center, operated by Sound Transit and King County Metro. The RapidRide B Line also runs through the campus, connecting to downtown Bellevue and Redmond.[8] The transit center will be the eastern terminus of the East Link light rail extension, scheduled to open in 2023. Microsoft partnered with Sound Transit and the City of Redmond to fund a pedestrian bridge connecting the light rail station to both sides of its campus to open in 2020, providing $33.3 million of the cost.[9][10]

For employees, Microsoft also operates a commuter bus service called "The Connector" that provides non-stop service to neighborhoods in Seattle, the Eastside, and Snohomish County from the Redmond campus.[11] The shuttles, which began operating in 2007, were targeted in early 2014 as a symbol of gentrification in similar fashion to the Google bus protests in San Francisco, California that same year.[12][13][14]

The company also runs a shuttle bus service, named the "Shuttle Connect", between buildings on the campus.[15]


  1. ^ a b Yu, Hui-yong; Bass, Dina (September 4, 2015). "Microsoft considers multibillion-dollar overhaul to Redmond campus". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Facts About Microsoft". Microsoft. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ Bishop, Todd (January 19, 2006). "Microsoft makes a deal for Safeco's Redmond campus". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved January 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ Dudley, Brier (February 9, 2006). "Microsoft speeding up plans for huge campus redevelopment". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 15, 2008. 
  5. ^ Day, Matt (December 28, 2015). "Microsoft’s next Redmond expansion expected to go vertical". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Chan, Sharon Pian (April 20, 2009). "Microsoft workers get their very own mall, The Commons, on corporate campus". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Stimulus money goes for a bridge to Microsoft". The Seattle Times. March 14, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Overlake Transit Center Boarding Locations". King County Metro. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ Ervin, Keith (November 26, 2013). "Microsoft pitches in on bridge over Overlake Transit Center". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "City of Redmond, Sound Transit team up for new pedestrian-bicycle bridge" (Press release). Sound Transit. August 28, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Connector Fact Sheet". Microsoft. September 6, 2007. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ Bishop, Todd (February 10, 2014). "Activists block Microsoft shuttles in Seattle, in anti-gentrification protest". GeekWire. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  13. ^ Grande, Alison (February 10, 2014). "Microsoft Connector shuttles targeted by protestors". KIRO-TV. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ Wingfield, Nick (February 10, 2014). "Seattle Gets Its Own Tech Bus Protest". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Fostering Alternative Ways to Commute at Microsoft". Microsoft. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

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