Facebook completes move to Menlo Park

Social-networking giant makes final move into campus on Willow Road

Facebook on Monday completed a move from its former headquarters in Palo Alto to its new home in Menlo Park.

The 1 million-square-foot campus at 1601 Willow Road -- formerly home to software company Sun Microsystems -- features 10 office buildings spread across two campuses, director of global real estate John Tenanes said.

The social network's 2,000 employees currently head to work at the property's East Campus, Tenanes said.

The move took place in three stages that started in August with around 500 employees.

"(Monday) morning the final wave of employees walked through the doors," Tenanes said.

The newly renovated buildings feature "chalkboard paint" along the hallways so employees can scribble ideas on the walls, break spaces with brightly colored couches and stocked micro-kitchens.

Facebook office designers eventually hope to achieve LEED Gold certification for its new headquarters, in part by reusing fixtures and materials from existing structures on the property and installing recycling and composting bins throughout the site, Tenanes said.

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith said that Menlo Park welcomes its newest neighbor, and city officials continue to work with Facebook executives on various environmental concerns, such as traffic impacts.

"Obviously, traffic is a huge concern," Keith said. "They're working on a lot of different solutions."

Facebook encourages employees to use shuttles, vanpools and bicycles to get to work.

About 47 percent of Facebook's current employees use transportation other than single-occupant vehicles, Tenanes said.

The company eventually hopes to house as many as 9,000 employees once the West Campus is renovated.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

"Obviously, traffic is a huge concern," Keith said. "They're working on a lot of different solutions."

Wait - the campus was built (by Sun) and approved by MP with traffic in mind, correct?

Perhaps people forget about what it was like when Sun had full-employment at the site?

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Posted by Former Sun employee
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Sun Microsystems would turn over in its grave to hear it referred to as a software company. Sun was all about hardware in its glory-day.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm

No, Crescent Park Dad, many of us recall the horrible traffic due to the location of Sun & other companies in that area. It's unfortunate that Menlo's kousy EIR pays scant attention to this issues & the traffic impact on adjacent cities. If you're interested, you can read up on the topic of the EIR on The Almanac's relevant thread.

Facebook will have more employees than Sun- & that's also a big concern.

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Posted by college terrace relief
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Ahh the peace and quiet has returned to College Terrace!
Good luck Menlo Park!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

College Terrace Relief at the cost of what?

We need more businesses to move into Palo Alto. Stanford Business Park needs new tenants either business or residential. Don't hold your breath, College Terrace, your peace should be and needs to be short lived.

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Posted by WilliamR
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Out of curiosity, why to all of the Facebook employees need to be in one place? The type of work most of them do would seem to be a prime opportunity for telecommuting, videoconferencing, small satellite groups, etc.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

WilliamR, excellent point. I await with bated [not baited] breath the first software company to announce its diaspora to a bunch of neighborhood offices. What a marvelous advertisement of the main advantage of the electronic age. What an overdue advance.
Imagine "At Microsoft, EVERYBODY walks to work". What an ad that would make. Who has the guts to make it?

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