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Facebook expands its Menlo Park footprint

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Facebook has unveiled new details of its expansion plan in the Menlo Park region where the social networking giant is headquartered with a new building dubbed MPK 21 designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry taking the scene.

Built in less than 18 months, The MPK 21 stands as a highly sustainable building with a 3.6 acre rooftop garden featuring over 200 trees and a winding pathway stretching half mile. Its outdoors were also brought to the office space with The Town Square part of the building being a sheltered green space with 40-foot-tall redwood trees while another part, The Bowl stands as an amphitheater-style courtyard connecting MPK 21 with another Gehry-designed building, The MPK 20.

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It features an open workspace designed to advance collaboration between teams while also containing quite areas for focused work. A single pathway runs through the length of the building with five unique dining options and 15 art installations commissioned through Facebook's Artist in Residence Program trailing this path.

Designed to reduce environmental impact while enhancing employee well-being, The MPK 21 encourages active engagement both inside and outside with pedestrian walkways, access to outdoor areas, flexible work stations and visible stairways.

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Its physical infrastructure is designed for reduction of water, energy, and waste with its reclaimed water system recylcing and filtering its water with Facebook stating of an annual save of approximately 17 million gallons of water.

The MPK 21's roof includes 1.4 MW of photovoltaic solar panels set to generate 2 million kWh of electricity annually among other features. Facebook remains invested in the Menlo Park location as it also expands to other cities in the Bay Area. By next year, It plans to build a two-acre park with a public plaza and event space able to host Facebook Festivals ad other local programs.



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