Microsoft may be planning to overhaul its Redmond, Washington headquarters

Microsoft has been changing the way it does business a lot since Satya Nadella became its CEO in early 2014. A new report claims the company may extend that theme of change to its physical headquarters campus in Redmond, Washington, in a massive overhaul of its work spaces.

According to Bloomberg:

"The software giant has hired architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP as part of the effort at its Redmond, Washington, offices, said the people, who asked not to be named because the plans aren't public. Skidmore Owings designed Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and is helping Microsoft with a makeover of its much smaller campus in Mountain View, California. Microsoft hasn't yet decided whether to move forward with the Redmond overhaul, said one of the people familiar with the matter."

If the plan is indeed approved, the current private offices on Microsoft's campus would be changed to more open-plan work spaces. The idea is that the change will force more collaboration between employees. It could also make it easier to hire younger employees:

"A broader makeover would include new construction and redevelopment of existing buildings, according to the people with knowledge of the matter. It could add amenities such as restaurants, retail spaces and public artwork, in addition to apartments to house visiting employees and interns, they said."

If approved, the cost of the revamp could run into the billions of dollars.

Source: Bloomberg

John Callaham