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Facebook’s new campus approved

image © frank gehry / gehry partners

image © frank gehry / gehry partners

The Menlo Park’s city council has officially given Facebook the go-ahead to break ground on its swanky second campus.

“Congratulations,” “Where’s the ‘Like’ button?” Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki told Facebook officials yesterday, according to the Mercury News.

The 22 acre land, located next to its’ current Menlo Park campus will hold the 433,555-square-foot building with the potential to hold up to 3,400 additional staffers.

With offices built above a surface-level parking lot, the complex will rise to 73 feet in some spots, though most of it will be about 45 feet high, said Rachel Grossman, an associate city planner.

A tunnel will also connect the new campus with Facebook’s existing building.  “It will be a large, one room building that somewhat resembles a warehouse,” said Everett Katigbak, Facebook’s environmental design manager. “Just like we do now, everyone will sit out in the open with desks that can be quickly shuffled around as teams form and break apart around projects.

“There will be cafes and lots of micro-kitchens with snacks so that you never have to go hungry.”  “And we’ll fill the building with break-away spaces with couches and whiteboards to make getting away from your desk easy.”

image © frank gehry / gehry partners

image © frank gehry / gehry partners

Frank Gehry, the man behind the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the more recent, Bilbao-like Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, presented Facebook with the tree-covered campus design. In addition to the rooftop garden, the building boasts eco-friendly construction and an underground tunnel to the current campus.

His creative partner Craig Webb told the local council that Facebook thought initial designs were too “flashy,”  “They asked us to make it more anonymous,”  “Frank was quite willing to tone down some of the expression of architecture in the building … Our intent is that it almost becomes like a hillside, with the landscape really taking the forefront.”

To get approval for the expansion, Facebook said it will supply the city with a number of benefits and also make a one-time payment of $1.1 million for city capital improvement projects, as well as a $500,000 donation to create a fund to serve residents in specific neighborhoods.

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