Microsoft Campus Tours - Building 4 Refurb

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Building 4, one of the original buildings on the Redmond campus, has just undergone a massive refurbishment, transforming it from the traditional one-office-per-employee layout to a modern, open space with an emphasis on collaboration and natural light.

John Snavely from the Office RED team gives us a tour of the new and improved work spaces in building 4 including the bike rack, work shop, Garage and "Soda-TRON 2000".

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      spivonious

      I saw one of those Coke machines at Universal Studios Orlando. If only it served Pepsi. Smiley

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      Adam Jacobs

      Pepsi?!? Yuch...

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      LukePuplett

      Wonderful. And note the slant on the physical technology world going on.

      Would like to see how Redmond compares with regional offices.

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      madscientist

      How much was the refurb to provide a "open collaborative" environment and how much of it was to cram a few more devs in? I'm very skeptical of the benefits of an open workspace. In my experience it means a lot of distraction. Every time anyone in your group has a visitor everyone else has to deal with the chatter. Not very pleasant.

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      nic

      @madscientist: Don't quote me on this as I'll need John Snavely to confirm but I believe there was no increase in the number of people (workers) allocated to the building as part of the refurb. Their goal was simply to use the space more efficiently. You'll notice in the video that there are both open areas for collaboration as well as private offices and individual workspaces.

      @LukePuplett: Great idea; perhaps we can get some Campus Tours from campuses around the globe. I know the Sydney, Australia office was just refurbished and it looks great!

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      Duncanma

      @nic: what if you don't like people? Is there a building designed for those of us who would rather be left completely alone?

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