Microsoft announced Tuesday its major plan for a historic redevelopment of its original Redmond headquarters. The company said that it has started a renovation of its 32-acre campus in Mountain View, California, just north of San Jose.
The company says this modernization project will present its “smartest, greenest office” very soon. With this project, the company will maintain its focus on sustainability and improving employee access to outdoor spaces. The company said that the renovated facility will accomplish environmental milestones for tech office buildings.
Microsoft is aiming to make the 32-acre campus, which employs more than 2,000 people in the Bay Area recently broke ground on the 643,000-square-foot project.
The campus overhaul includes a 4-acre “living roof” with harboring plant species intended to complement the nearby Stevens Creek habitat. In addition, it will include a glass exterior on buildings to enable the use of natural light on the campus. For the project, the company is using sustainably sourced timber for construction.
Notable upgrades will have athletic fields and a new onsite fitness facility for employees.
In addition, Microsoft says the overhaul will put the company at first position of tech companies to achieve “net zero non-portable water certification.” The project will use a water management system that will capture rainwater and put non-potable water to use more than once.
Microsoft’s chief technology officer, Kevin Scott said, “The new Silicon Valley Campus will build on our legacy in the area and demonstrate our commitment to empowering employees, the community, and our natural resources.”