IT & Network Infrastructure : Facebook Finds New Digs in Vintage Silicon Valley Office

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-07-01 Print this article Print
Facebook Finds New Digs in Vintage Silicon Valley Office

Facebook Finds New Digs in Vintage Silicon Valley Office

Text and photos by Chris Preimesberger
In mid-May, Facebook moved its main offices from downtown Palo Alto, Calif., to a more "rural" setting on California Avenue just off the Stanford University campus, in a 45-year-old two-story building once used by research engineers at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent. It isn't the prettiest, best-equipped building in Silicon Valley, but it is quite functional for what the 800-employee social networking company is looking for. "And we got it for cheap," CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg told eWEEK. "Look, we don't need a fancy-looking place to impress everybody. We just need a good, comfortable space for our engineers and creative people to collaborate and make new things that our subscribers can find useful." The new headquarters is about a mile from the restaurants and social life of downtown, but Facebook managers have provided some good stay-at-home features: a cafeteria that's open all day long, a basketball court, a ping-pong room, a video games room and plenty of lounge-type furniture to make everyone feel right at home. Here are some highlights from the recent Facebook open house.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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