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Microsoft’s Geothermal Building – Cool – And Another Reason For Cloud

Want to know why everything is going to go to the cloud eventually. Because you can do what Microsoft is doing at your hospital.


A major new building is rising on the expansion of Microsoft’s corporate campus outside of Seattle. Unlike other recent architectural escapades from tech companies, it’s not a circular spaceship or a swirling glass mountain or even a starchitect-designed indoor-outdoor park. Microsoft’s new building is an energy plant.

The Thermal Energy Center is the unlikely centerpiece of a 3-million-square-foot addition to the tech giant’s campus in Redmond, Washington. As its straightforward name suggests, the building will be the hub of the expansion’s new energy system, which will power the campus almost entirely through electricity provided by geothermal energy exchanges.

The system eliminates the need for conventional gas boilers and electric chillers, cutting electricity use by an estimated 50%.


We don't have time to build computers in healthcare. Come to think of it, we really don't have time to rack and stack servers or build data centers. Eliminate the mundane tasks. Take advantage of scale and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process. Good all around.

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