Friday, May 4th AT 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Watershed Moment: Microsoft Campus Targets the Water Petal to Enhance Employee Health & Wellbeing

Oregon Convention Center: Room B114-B115
Track: Essence of Place

Early on, Microsoft set the North Star of net zero water for the refresh of their Silicon Valley, 32-acre, 643,000-sf campus — a mix of renovation and new Class A workspace. Aligned with Microsoft’s key focus areas of people, energy, carbon, water, ecosystems, and circular economy, the project is focusing on the Water Petal and is using three benchmarks — LEED Platinum, WELL and Living Building Challenge (LBC) - to guide its development. 

This session looks at how Microsoft’s culture of innovation, collaboration and social responsibility inspired a holistic design approach that would benefit and restore the local ecosystem while prioritizing employee wellbeing. The campus, a reflection of company policies, imparts the value of water, energy, habitat and biophilia, making them evident in the everyday experience. This commitment to place, people and resources is leading Microsoft towards becoming the first tech campus to achieve LBC’s Water Petal certification.

The new design tells a cohesive narrative about Microsoft’s appreciation for their location by the bay, their recognition that workplace must change and flex to reflect the values of place, and the boldness to think about the global community. Designed as a mesh of natural and built habitats that encourage a reconnection to nature, we’ll look at how Microsoft will reduce its overall water consumption despite increased landscaping and workforce population. We will deep dive into how the LBC can be achieved at large scale and discuss the human-centric and nature-smart strategies that drove the design.


Pauline Souza
Director of Sustainability
WRNS Studio
Jessica Stanley
Project Engineer
Sherwood Design Engineers
Paul Fleming
Water Program Manager