Facebook takes over Mountain View offices, expansion widens

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Facebook, fresh from a million-square-foot Sunnyvale lease that’s Silicon Valley’s biggest office rental so far this year, has struck a deal to move into a large Mountain View office building, the company said Tuesday.

Menlo Park-based Facebook has agreed to occupy 200,000 square feet in an office building in the Village at San Antonio office complex in Mountain View. Facebook will move into one of two office buildings in the mixed-use Village at San Antonio that are leased to WeWork, a shared work space and office services company.

“We have secured temporary office space at The Village at San Antonio Center in Mountain View from WeWork,” said Jamil Walker, a spokesman for Facebook, a social networking giant.

The new Facebook location in Mountain View is 401 San Antonio Road, Walker said. The other office that WeWork has leased is the adjacent 391 San Antonio Road building.

It’s not clear how long Facebook might be in the offices. When asked how Facebook might define temporary in this case, Walker said, “no definition to offer.”

Facebook has undertaken a huge portion of its Bay Area growth at and near its Menlo Park headquarters, with two major campus expansions underway or being actively planned for construction.

Yet it also has become clear that Facebook has begun to scout lately for large chunks of office space well beyond its home territory.

Last November, Facebook leased two office buildings from The Sobrato Organizartion totaling 190,000 square feet in Fremont’s Ardenwood district.

In March, Facebook signed a rental deal to occupy 1 million square feet in three big office buildings in Sunnyvale’s Moffett Towers 2 complex, a campus whose development is being led by realty firm Jay Paul. The Sunnyvale deal appears to the largest office rental so far this year in Silicon Valley.

Facebook potentially could move 5,000 or more employees to the newly rented Sunnyvale offices. The tech titan could move 950 to 1,000 into the Fremont buildings it leased. And the company could move 1,000 of its employees into the Mountain View complex.

The timing for Facebook’s expansion into the sites outside of its headquarters city, including the latest deal in Mountain View, wasn’t immediately clear.

“This new space, with its proximity to our headquarters in Menlo Park, will support part of our growing workforce,” Walker said, referring to the Mountain View site.

Source: mercurynews
Facebook takes over Mountain View offices, expansion widens