Microsoft only just announced a major overhaul to its Redmond headquarters, and now it's revealing similar plans for its Silicon Valley campus as well. Microsoft says a modernization project for its Mountain View location recently broke ground and will represent its "smartest, greenest office yet" once finished.
Microsoft is aiming to make the 32-acre campus, which is home to 2,000 employees in the Bay Area, the first from a tech company to meet the Living Building Challenge by achieving net zero non-potable water certification. Says Microsoft:
The campus overhaul will also include a 4-acre "living roof", harboring plant species intended to "promote species diversification in the area adjacent to the Stevens Creek habitat." A glass exterior on buildings will ensure natural lighting from anywhere on campus, solar panels will provide energy, and Microsoft says it is using sustainably sourced timber for construction. And like its Redmond campus renovation, Microsoft's Silicon Valley effort will include athletic fields and a new onsite fitness facility for employees.
The Silicon Valley campus modernization project is expected to be completed by December 2019.
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