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Facebook Opens Second Building in $1 Billion HQ Expansion That Includes 40-Foot Indoor Redwoods

Three Office Buildings to Create 1.4 Million-SF Campus in Menlo Park, California
September 6, 2018

Facebook opened the second of three office buildings planned as part of its $1 billion headquarters expansion in California's Silicon Valley.

You know you're in a Silicon Valley headquarters building when employees on the way to their desk stroll past 40-foot-tall indoor redwood trees. That's just one part of the newest office space at social media company Facebook as part of a $1 billion headquarters expansion that's likely to more than triple the size of its footprint at its campus in Menlo Park, California.

The 525,236-square-foot office property, called MPK 21, is the second and largest of three buildings projected to grow Facebook's home base offices to more than 1.4 million square feet. After all, it takes a lot of space to support a 3.6-acre outdoor roof garden.

Aerial view of MPK 21; Photo credit: Facebook.

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Facebook's headquarters campus aims to accommodate the firm's rapidly growing workforce with office space. The company is also adding housing, retail and other amenities in a nearby development that the international social media firm hopes can help it attract talent. Next week will mark the first full work week when employees will be in the new headquarters building.

In Silicon Valley, massive headquarters buildings are serious business. The Facebook home is about 15 miles away from iPhone maker Apple's headquarters, which is shaped like a giant spaceship that sprawls about 2.8 million square feet on a 175-acre campus. These huge buildings reflect the industry's 21st century U.S. business dominance that has let technology companies challenge Wall Street as the place where top new graduates seeking the highest-paying jobs consider working.

The newly completed $300 million property is adjacent to Facebook’s existing headquarters building, known as MPK 20, that spans more than 433,500 square feet.

The Bowl; Photo credit: Facebook.

The social media company is underway on constructing a third headquarters building of roughly 457,000 square feet that will be known as MPK 22.

MPK 21 includes a 3.6-acre rooftop garden, 15 art installations and a 2,000-person event and meeting space. It can house 2,800 employees, according to Facebook.

Facebook also features an indoor green space with real redwood trees as part of a Town Square in MPK 21. The building includes solar panels and Facebook will seek an environmentally friendly certification known as LEED platinum.

Town Square; Photo credit: Facebook.

In addition to the three buildings that make up Facebook’s office headquarters, the company next year plans to open a two-acre park with a public plaza and event space. The park will include trails that connect the Facebook campus to San Francisco’s trails and park system.

Across the street, Facebook is planning Willow Campus, a village with 125,000 square feet of new retail, including a grocery store, as well as 1,500 housing units and transit.

Molly Armbrister, Denver Market Reporter  CoStar Group   
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