My speculation about Bill Gates taking space in Microsoft’s new South Lake Union offices drew a good chortle from Brad Smith, the company’s chief lawyer, when I saw him at the press conference announcing the deal today.
But Bill and the rest of Microsoft’s workforce will have the option of using “touchdown” space the company is adding to its new offices in the Westlake+Terry Building.
The touchdown space is room for 150 employees to stopover and work from the building. Visiting workers can use the space, and so can westsiders who want a place to work and wait for traffic jams to thin before heading to Redmond.
I’ve got another guess, and this one’s better than the Gates thing: With 5,000 to 6,000 of Microsoft’s 36,000 local employees living in the Seattle area, those 150 touchdown spots are going fill up fast.