Facebook employees have started shifting to the social networking giant’s new headquarters in the Menlo Park city, California. About 2,000 workers relocated from the company’s former office, in nearby Palo Alto, yesterday.
“For years, we’ve been moving from one building to the next, but now we finally have a home in this ten building campus. And while it’s a far cry from a Harvard dorm room, our relentless focus on staying small and moving fast means we’re still the same company at our core,” John Tenanes, Facebook’s Global Director of Real Estate writes on the Facebook blog.
The new 1 million-square- foot (93,000-square-meter) complex, according to the Bloomberg, was renovated for $250 million in a style, intended to reflect the culture of the world’s largest social-networking company.
“We wanted to keep honest, industrial materials and give the place its own eclectic look,” said Everett Katigbak, the Facebook designer overseeing the facility.
The new campus consists of 10 eco-friendly buildings with no private offices and cubicles.
“Every conference room features a glass wall or panel so that you can quickly see what’s going on inside. This is because we believe transparency and openness help us move fast, even as we grow,” Tenanes adds.
The entire complex featuring hallways lined with chalkboard paint, is connected via a single central courtyard having micro-kitchens, cafes, gym, on-site doctors and hundreds of glass-walled conference rooms and couch-heavy breakaway spaces Facebook calls “cozies.”
Facebook points out that the company has relentlessly focused on minimizing its impact on the environment. The campus offers recycling and composting bins everywhere for employees, and has reused as much of the existing structure as possible. The company also offers a robust transportation program for the employees that provides alternatives to single-car commuting, including free shuttles, bicycles, vanpools from the surrounding areas.