Our new campus in the heart of Mountain View, California, will be an ecologically integrated site that provides environmental benefits to employees, the local community, and the area’s ecosystems.
This Earth Day, the benefits the campus will bring to the region – ranging from water reuse, clean energy production to new public pathways, carbon reduction, and restoration of the native ecology – earned our new site a spot on the COTE Top Ten list.
“In Silicon Valley, nature is truly the building block of this campus, from an extensive solar panel system that will offset energy consumption up to 20% to an integrated water management system set up for the campus to achieve net-zero non-potable water certification,” said Michael Ford, corporate vice president, Real Estate & Securities.
“We’re proud that the American Institute of Architects selected this innovative campus to receive a COTE Top Ten award this year, the industry’s best-known award for sustainable design excellence. It’s an honor to be selected for this award — and for us, this marks a major milestone in our mission to build and operate more sustainably across the globe.”
We’re honored to be included among so many great nominees and excited to share images below of what life on our finished campus will look like when it opens.
If you’re interested in working with us here among the over 30 teams we have locally, open roles can found here: https://aka.ms/MicrosoftBayAreaCareers.
(The structure’s Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels and columns set a palette that relays our commitment to natural, honest materials and supported biophilic principles. The investment into CLT reduced our carbon footprint and eliminated the need for a finished ceiling material.)
(Energy collects in solar panels across the site. All extra power pulled from municipalities is from a renewable, carbon-free source through our participation in the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Green Prime program.)
(The courtyards and tech-enabled decks, patios, roof decks, and outdoor spaces increase workplace, team, and meeting options while reducing square footage, materials, and system costs.)
(Surface parking along the creek and trail was removed and reduced to reestablish the native ecology and make way for more landscaped space. The rehabilitation creates a solid connection for local biodiversity and habitat restoration along Stevens Creek.)
(The public Stevens Creek Trail will be improved through a diversity of habitats and wildlife, increasing the quality of activities such as birdwatching. Incorporation of bird-safe glazing and minimal exterior lighting ensures a no-light overspill and a protected, renewed habitat.)