15255 Northeast 40th Street, Redmond, WA, United States

Date and Time

Monday, December 11 2017 - 5 PM

Event Details

SPIRE members gathered in Seattle for a tour of the Microsoft campus's newest improvements in December. The all pedestrian new campus spans 72 acres out of the 500 acres of the Microsoft space. 

The agenda kicked off with a high-level and a "hot-off-the-press" Microsoft campus development overview, presented by Gid Palmer- Senior Development Manager, Microsoft Real Estate & Facilities. This special presentation included information on the just released new plans for the campus of the future. Microsoft is currently looking for architects interested in collaboration on the plans. Once they align, they will combine with the in-house sustainability group to move forward. Urban, nature, consolidation and density are the direction are a strong focus. 

Next, members head to the Building 35 District, The Treehouses - three tree houses built by Animal Planet Treehouse Master, Pete Nelson and the Microsoft Workplace, lead by Bret Boulter – Sr. Development Manager, Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities and Theo Lim (’13) – Project Delivery Manager, CBRE. 

Originally built between 1999 and 2003, these buildings were gutted to the studs and completely renovated. Microsoft prides itself on the new building interior design which encourages creativity and team collaboration, through a team-based open office concept. The buildings have numerous specialty spaces meant for meetings and collaborative work of all kinds.  

The group stayed on campus for a farm-to-plate dinner at the Boardwalk, located in one of Microsoft's most central location - The Commons.