It’s been over two years since construction began on Microsoft’s East campus modernization effort in Puget Sound and we’ve made incredible progress. Take a look at all the work that’s been done since our last update:
Some fun facts about the project:
- We have completed more than one-third of the geothermal wells for the Thermal Energy Center, with over 48 miles installed thus far – long enough to stretch across all of Rhode Island.
- The campus underground parking garage is considered one of the largest underground parking structures in the world at 3 million square feet spread over four levels. It’s large enough to fit an estimated 8,000 school buses.
- Central catering will be connected to every building on campus through a below ground service corridor spanning a mile. They will prepare 4,000 meals each week in the 140,000 square foot back of house area, which is roughly the size of a Costco warehouse.
- Almost 3 million pounds of concrete and carpet have been recycled so far – the equivalent to the weight of four Boeing 747 jumbo jets.
- By reusing harvested rainwater in flush fixtures and utilizing low-flow systems, the new campus is projected to save over 5.8 million gallons of water annually, enough to fill nearly 9 Olympic-size swimming pools.
- The Redmond Technology Station (RTS) Pedestrian Bridge will provide a safe and accessible path across SR 520, connecting East and West campus to each other and the new light rail station. The bridge is 1,100 feet long and will serve thousands of people every day.
- We recently achieved Salmon-Safe certification, which means the campus is verified for protecting water quality and habitats and limiting the negative impact that Microsoft’s construction has on aquatic species in nearby waters, such as Lake Sammamish. Civil engineering and landscape teams worked together to ensure that only salmon safe management practices will be used on the project, including improving the quality of runoff with a “biopod” treatment system that filters water before it is released to flow downstream.
“Delivering Microsoft campuses that are connected, accessible and sustainable is crucial to our company – the culture we build, the customers we engage with, our ability to empower the communities we live in are foundational in our work. Given the circumstances this year, we are grateful to have been able to continue work on our East campus development and see momentum on the construction,” said Michael Ford, corporate vice president, Real Estate & Securities. “Our campus development strategy is grounded in agility and data. With these elements driving us forward, we remain committed as ever to building exceptional places to work for our employees. I think they’ll be excited by the progress we’ve made on the site.”
As we push forward into another year, we’d like to acknowledge the incredible work and contributions to this project. Thank you to everyone for joining us on this journey to modernize our workplace and transform the way we work, create and innovate.
Follow updates and developments as this project progresses on Microsoft’s Modern Campus site.