Facebook Wants to Build Its Own Town

July 24, 2017

3:50 pm

Tech companies are famous for their office perks. Whether it’s pinball machines, gourmet chefs, or access to a company yacht, innovative minds come up with innovative ways to treat their employees right. But if you think fully stocked fridges, meditation rooms, and nap pods are the most mind-blowing kinds of office perks out there, you are severely underestimating how innovative Mark Zuckerberg can be.

According to a blog post on the company’s website, Facebook is planning to develop a “mixed-use village,” dubbed the Willow Campus, across the street from its Menlo Park headquarters to make life a little bit easier for their employees. With a list of features long enough to be considered an iPhone owner manual, the village will do a lot more than house office space.

“Our goal for the Willow Campus is to create an integrated, mixed-use village that will provide much needed services, housing and transit solutions as well as office space,” wrote John Tenanes, VP Global Facilities and Real Estate, in the post. “Part of our vision is to create a neighborhood center that provides long-needed community services. We plan to build 125,000 square feet of new retail space, including a grocery store, pharmacy and additional community-facing retail.”

The post also provided a glimpse at what Willow Campus might look like, as seen in the picture below, along with some rather impressive but obvious Photoshopping:

The rendering for part of the proposed Facebook Willow Campus. Photo: Facebook

With all that housing, transportation, and a bevy of stores, shops, and eateries, Facebook will be doing more than helping out their employees; they’ll be putting Menlo Park on the map as far as growth is concerned.

“We found a home when we moved to Menlo Park in 2011,” wrote Tenanes. “We are part of this community, and being here makes it possible for us to work on our mission to bring the world closer together. That’s why we plan to keep investing in this community.”

Between Amazon’s odd bubble headquarters in Seattle and the UFO that Tim Cook is building in Cupertino, innovative headquarters and campus projects have become par for the course when it comes to the tech world. But a whole village? That seems like it might be pushing things a bit far into The Circle territory, as people were more than happy to point out at every chance they got on social media and beyond.

The design for Amazon’s new Seattle headquarters. Photo: NBBJ

While it might sound a bit creepy, this mixed-use village is a great way for large companies to give back to the community they grew in. While Silicon Valley might not need any help improving their weather, there are towns across the country that can always use a little boost from the companies that call them home. And if a Facebook-built grocery store makes avocados more affordable, this millennial is on board.

Read more about what Facebook is up to on TechCo

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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