Facebook’s proposed West Campus was unanimously approved in a vote by the Menlo Park City Council Tuesday night, meaning that the social network is one step closer to moving forward with the Frank Gehry-designed expansion to its current headquarters.
Facebook is continually planning to expand, but the company’s latest addition will cost it a little extra. The social network is planning to build a second building in Menlo Park, Calif. — a 22-acre West Campus that would employ more than 2,000 people. The city of Menlo Park told Facebook that it would require an agreement similar to the one in place when the company originally set roots in the Bay Area town. For the East Campus, the social network agreed to pay the city roughly $14.5 million over the next 14 years.
With Facebook moving closer to expanding its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., calling in an architect was a natural step. However, the social network didn’t tap just any architect, bringing in world-famous Frank Gehry.
Facebook took the first steps toward expanding its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters to the former Tyco Electronics site across the Bayfront Expressway from its main campus, submitting a plan to the state for cleaning up soil that is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other toxic chemicals.