Facebook unveiled its expanded Austin headquarters, which now takes up a colorful floor and a half and 54,902 square feet more than it used to, on Monday.
The new space bumps the company’s total square footage in the building at 300 West Sixth Street, where in 2010 it opened its first U.S. sales and online operations office not located on its California campus, to 120,000 square feet.
The renovation and expansion, a collaboration between Facebook and high-profile international design firm Gensler, was completed in phases and took a total of 80 weeks to complete.
The most striking aspect of the renovation is the addition of an open, internal that connects the ninth through 12th floors, which—fun fact!—required the removal of 75 tons of concrete. The company also remodeled half of the ninth floor, adding two outdoor terraces, a full-service cafe (The Lone Star), new event space (Rodeo), new training room, and new IT Help Desk. (The broadly drawn nods to localism/regionalism are also of note, or at least noticed.)
In addition, there’s “refreshed” pop-up shop, which in the past has hosted such businesses as the nifty Pride Socks, which sells must-have rainbow footwear for every occasion, and 11 installations by local artists.
Facebook currently has 700 employees working in its Austin office and has added a number of teams locally since its opening. The new office, however, has space for 900, and the company is, in fact, hiring to expand its local staff by more than 40 people right now.
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