Our New Menlo Park Home
This morning, the final wave of employees walked through the doors of the new Facebook Menlo Park campus, and my team greeted them with coffee, snacks, and maps to help them find their new desks. For years, we’ve been moving from one building to the next, but now we finally have a home in this nine 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.
Some features of the campus might be familiar. We’ve always believed in “hacking out” our space—putting up posters and scribbling ideas on the walls—so we lined the hallways with chalkboard paint and put a box of chalk on everyone’s desk. Everywhere you go is stimulating and different. We’ve exposed the ductwork along the high-ceilinged corridors to give the place an unfinished feel and remind us that our work is never done.
There are no private offices or cubicles. We tore down those unnecessary walls so that everyone could sit out in the open with their teams. We’ve scattered hundreds of conference rooms and “cozies”—little breakaway spaces filled with couches and brightly colored chairs—throughout the buildings. As people run into each other in hallways or at the micro-kitchens, it’s important that they can quickly duck away somewhere if they want to chat or hash out ideas. 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.
The whole campus is connected through a central courtyard. Right now it’s still filled with bulldozers and dirt, but when it’s finished, we’ll have two full-service cafes, two coffee shops, on-site doctors, a fitness center, and much more. And as always, we still offer other perks like free dry cleaning and endless snacks in our micro-kitchens.
We’re also working hard to be a good neighbor to the local Belle Haven community. From donating laptops to Belle Haven Middle School, where Mark Zuckerberg spoke earlier this year, to running safety workshops, we’re trying to give back to our new neighbors. We’ve sponsored Zimride to come to the wider city of Menlo Park and help their residents find rideshare opportunities, and soon we’ll launch Facebucks, a program that incentivizes employees to get out, enjoy and spend money in downtown Menlo Park. And we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Facebook and Menlo Park each year.
Currently, there are only 2,000 employees in our East Campus, with a vacant lot next door for further developments. In the years to come, we’re hoping for the ability to accommodate a lot more. So as we grow, we’re relentlessly focused on minimizing our impact on the environment. We’re pursuing a LEED Gold certification—we offer recycling and composting bins everywhere for employees, and we’ve reused as much of the existing structure as possible. For instance, there isn’t a single new door on the campus—they’ve all been recycled from those used by our predecessors. We also offer a robust transportation program that provides alternatives to single-car commuting, including free shuttles from the surrounding areas, vanpools, bicycles, and a partnership with social ride sharing service, Zimride. Over 47% of our employees use one of these programs. In fact, even as we grow, we don’t plan to add a single new parking space to the existing campus.
When it comes down to it, our campus doesn’t define us. Whether we’re in a small office in Palo Alto or a ten building campus in Menlo Park, we’re still the same company at our core. But I hope this building will serve us well as we continue on our mission to make the world more open and connected. As I walked through the halls this morning, I couldn’t help but feel incredibly proud of my team and all their hard work, so I have to offer them a huge thanks and congratulations. And to all the Facebook employees here in Menlo Park, I just want to say, “welcome home.”
John Tenanes, Facebook's Global Director of Real Estate, is proud of the work of his team and looks forward to what's ahead.