T-Mobile breaks ground on $160M headquarters renovation

T-Mobile offered a glimpse at what its planned HQ will look like. (T-Mobile)

T-Mobile is breaking ground on a $160 million renovation that aims to transform its headquarters into a modern workplace in Bellevue, Washington. The carrier said the three-year project will prepare the organization for future growth as it inches closer to nationwide 5G and awaits regulatory approval of its merger with Sprint.

T-Mobile says its headquarters is bursting at the seams with more than 6,200 employees, which is up 56% during the past five years. The renovation will introduce many new perks for employees, including an on-site gastropub, outdoor gathering areas, co-working spaces, coffee shops, cafes, dry-cleaning drop-off and a “pedestrian-friendly area reminiscent of the High Line in New York City.”

The company is committed to power its headquarters with 100% renewable energy by 2021 and says its revitalized headquarters will be the first U.S. corporate campus to achieve a Fitwel certification. The wellness standard “promotes a comprehensive approach to a healthier workplace through increased physical activity, accessible design, access to healthy food options, natural lighting and outdoor spaces.” The campus will also feature an “IT genius bar” and a bike repair station for employees that cycle to work.

FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to FierceWireless!

The Wireless industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Our subscribers rely on FierceWireless as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data on this increasingly competitive marketplace. Sign up today to get wireless news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

Once the renovation is complete, employees will have choices over their working environment, including options for assigned workstations, open tabletop stations and more collaboration open work spaces. T-Mobile says it also extended its lease for the property through 2030.

T-Mobile says it continues to expand in other states and is hopeful that it will also have a future headquarters in Kansas if its merger with Sprint is approved.