Microsoft Tech Center opens in St. Louis Cortex Innovation Community

That year there were many bands in the Cortex District. The debut of a new MetroLink station, a new building called the Innovation Hall, and the groundbreaking Aloft Hotel were big events to name a few. But when the ribbons were cut on Wednesday at the Microsoft Technology Center, politicians, entrepreneurs and tech freaks hummed more than usual.

The $ 50 million, 30,000-square-foot center is located on the entire fifth floor of the new innovation hall on Duncan Avenue. The software giant chose St. Louis to join an elite group of 50 cities around the world to claim one of its technology centers. There are only 15 in the US

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The Tech Center has multi-purpose rooms for small and large groups. According to official information, Microsoft customers, entrepreneurs, students and community groups can use the center.

“It’s designed for a wide variety of activities,” said Jennifer Byrne, Microsoft Business’s chief technology officer in the US. “We purposely build them to meet the needs of local communities, whether they are public institutions or private companies.” If you are a Microsoft user, we recommend that you sign in. “

In addition to meeting rooms, a café and open areas for collaboration, the center has a “maker space” for building with 3D printers and a “garage” for developing new software.

HOK company, responsible for the interior design of the Microsoft Tech Center.

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The architecture firm HOK in St. Louis designed the interior of the Microsoft Technology Center to reflect the curves and curves of the Missouri River. This meeting table is made from recycled Missouri wood.

Phil Sorge, corporate vice president at Microsoft, said the St. Louis location was chosen because of the growing technology community in the Cortex district and across the region.

“Our affiliation here offers many opportunities for collaboration with other companies in this area. We are very happy about it. “

In May, Microsoft employees said the new center would create 300 new jobs but declined to confirm that number when it opened.

Dennis Lower, President and CEO of the Cortex Innovation Community, welcomed Microsoft’s investment.

“Your presence here is extremely important for us and for the continued expansion of the St. Louis region.”

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