Microsoft Remodeling Headquarters

Workers demonstrate Microsoft Surface devices at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Seattle. Earlier in the day at the annual event, company CEO Satya Nadella said that a half billion devices are now running Windows 10, its latest operating system. That's up from 400 million disclosed last September, but far short of a goal of 1 billion by 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it’s overhauling its longtime headquarters with an 18-building construction project that will make room for another 8,000 workers.

The announcement came ahead of the company’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday.

Microsoft’s decision to expand on the footprint of its campus in Redmond, Washington, its home since 1986, is in contrast to the highly-publicized office expansion plans of Seattle-based Amazon.

Amazon has been looking at cities across North America for a spot to build a second headquarters that will be as big at its Seattle hub.

Microsoft Corp. currently employs about 47,000 people in 125 buildings in Washington’s Puget Sound region. It says its project will include renovations and new construction and will take 5 to 7 years.

It’s also promising $150 million in transportation improvements and other public amenities.

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This story has been corrected to show that Microsoft employs about 47,000 in the Puget Sound region, not just Redmond, Washington.

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