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Hillsboro's Ambercreek Building will become an engineering design center, a Microsoft official says.

VIA GOOGLE MAPS: - The Ambercreek building, located at 9800 N.E. Gibbs Drive, is shown here.A building in Hillsboro recently leased by Microsoft will reportedly become an engineering design center with the help of a former Intel vice president.

Selim Bilgin, who stepped down as Intel's vice president for validation engineering to join Microsoft last year, said in a Jan. 27 online posting he was "excited to share" that construction would begin at the site with expected completion in fall 2021.

The Richmond, Washington-based tech giant's opening of the facility located in Hillsboro's 85,000-square-foot Ambercreek Building at 9800 N.E. Gibbs Drive will give local Microsoft employees a physical work location again, after nearly a year of virtual work due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bilgin said.

"Once we can go on site, this space will help us connect, innovate together, and welcome each other into our One Microsoft community," he said.

Bilgin's post didn't provide details of what kind of engineering work Microsoft will use the Hillsboro location for specifically, but he said the company is "continuing to invest in every part of our technology," including areas such as design, tools and validation (the testing of equipment used to manufacture products).

"Although we've had an office in the area for some time now, the new Design Center will serve as Microsoft's dedicated engineering hub in the region," said Bilgin, who spent more than 20 years at Intel, which has four campuses in Hillsboro and Aloha.

Pamplin Media Group has reached out to Microsoft for comment.

While Microsoft has historically been primarily a software and technology services company, Hillsboro is home to multiple tech companies' computer hardware manufacturing sites.

The Portland Business Journal originally reported Microsoft's lease in Hillsboro in late December.

The Ambercreek Building could provide space for a few hundred workers.


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