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Details disclosed on Frank Gehry's design for new Facebook campus

August 27, 2012|By Jamie Wetherbe
  • Frank Gehry will design Facebook's campus expansion in Menlo Park, Calif.
Frank Gehry will design Facebook's campus expansion in Menlo Park,… (Facebook )

Here's a status update: Architect Frank Gehry has been tapped to design an extension of Facebook's new campus in Menlo Park, Calif.

Plans for the Silicon Valley site, which will be submitted Monday, will include a 420,000-square-foot, single-story warehouse topped with a garden that will span the entire roof.

Facebook's environmental design manager, Everett Katigbak, first met with Gehry a few months ago at the architect's Los Angeles offices.

"Frank has taken into account our engineering culture," Katigbak wrote in blog post. "The raw, unfinished look of our buildings means we can construct them quickly and with a big emphasis on being eco-friendly."

The minimalist building will be dotted with a series of cafes and micro-kitchens, and instead of cubicles or corner offices, the one-room structure will feature work stations for as may as 2,800 software engineers, which can be broken apart and shuffled around depending on project needs, Katigbak wrote.

The company plans to break ground on the project in early 2013. Some staff will remain at its current campus with a tram and tunnel connecting the two work sites.

The social media giant declined to share the cost of the project, only saying that the price tag is on par with similar Silicon Valley sites.

Critics have questioned Facebook's financial sustainability after its disappointing initial public offering in May that topped out at about $38 a share; the stock has since dropped and is hovering at about $19.

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