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Facebook’s West Campus Exceeds $1B In Construction Costs

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and architect Frank Gehry

Facebook now has over $1B in construction permits for various structures within its West Campus expansion in Menlo Park, according to a BuildZoom report.

When the tech giant originally filed its $177M permit to build its 433K SF MPK 20 that was completed in 2015, it was the largest permit ever filed in Menlo Park. It has since filed two separate permits for $300M for a two-story, 523K SF office named MPK 21 in 2017 and a $303M permit for a four-story office named MPK 22 in February. Frank Gehry designed these structures and Level 10 Construction is the general contractor.

MPK 21 will include a green roof, 2,000-seat event space and 1,495-spot at-grade parking. MPK 22 will include balconies, rooftop space, an open plaza, green space and an atrium surrounded by conference rooms and open offices.


Additional permits include a $73M permit for an eight-story parking structure with 1,740 spaces to rise up next to MPK 22 and a $27.5M permit to renovate a warehouse into MPK 23. A 200-room hotel also has been approved on the site at the corner of Chilco and Bayfront.

Facebook also has a $48M permit issued in December to renovate a lab building at 220 Jefferson drive into a 102K SF office renamed MPK 27. Permits worth $36M were issued in July for a nearly 100K SF in tenant improvements at 164 Jefferson Drive for MPK 28.

Features of the West Campus include additional security, such as crash-cable fencing, bollards and strategic landscaping. Facebook also plans to add seven guard towers between MPK21 and Chilco Street. It has spent over $5M on a solar PV system for the rooftop at 1 Facebook Way and another $20K to hang an inoperable drone inside its headquarters.

Facebook’s Bay Area footprint has grown dramatically in recently years. The company has leased the entire three-building office complex at Menlo Gateway off Marsh Road, the entire 436K SF of office space in 181 Fremont225K SF through WeWork in Mountain View and could be leasing up the entire 750K SF Park Tower in San Francisco. It also has plans to develop Willow Campus, a 49-acre mixed-use development with housing, commercial and retail in Menlo Park.