Microsoft will renovate Silicon Valley campus into its ‘smartest, greenest office yet’

A rendering shows Microsoft’s plan to renovate its Silicon Valley campus. (Microsoft Image)

A week after announcing plans for a historic redevelopment of its original Redmond, Wash., headquarters, Microsoft this morning unveiled plans to overhaul its 32-acre campus in Mountain View, Calif., saying the revamped facility will achieve new environmental milestones for tech office buildings.

The company, which employs more than 2,000 people in the Bay Area, recently broke ground on the 643,000-square-foot project to modernize its Silicon Valley campus. The redevelopment includes a 4-acre “living roof” with plant species chosen to complement the nearby Stevens Creek habitat, in addition to glass-encased buildings that will enable the use of natural light in the workspaces on campus.

In addition, Microsoft says it will be the first tech company to achieve “net zero non-potable water certification” from the Living Building Challenge, using a water management system that captures rainwater and puts non-potable water into use more than once, leveraging an onsite wastewater treatment plant.

Microsoft is competing for talent against Silicon Valley tech giants including Facebook, Google and Apple, which this year opened its new “spaceship” Apple Park campus in Cupertino. The Redmond company says its new Silicon Valley campus will include a conference center and theater with a Microsoft Technology Center to demonstrate its latest technology advances.

The new Microsoft Silicon Valley campus is scheduled to be ready for occupancy in December 2019.