Facebook has embarked on a major expansion of its Bay Area operations and marked its first foray into Fremont by leasing two big office buildings in Fremont’s Ardenwood district with room enough for hundreds of workers.
The tech titan has leased a total of 190,000 square feet in the East Bay city, Alameda County property records and property brochures show. People familiar with the transactions also confirmed that Facebook has signed leases for the expansion.
The buildings have enough space for the social networking giant to move in around 950 Facebook employees, based on typical ratios of employees and office space.
The Fremont buildings are near the eastern end of the Dumbarton Bridge. Much of the tech company’s previously announced expansion on the Peninsula is in Menlo Park, at the western end of the same bridge.
Facebook leased the two buildings from The Sobrato Organization, county files show. One building that Facebook leased totals 100,000 square feet at 6530 Paseo Padre Parkway. The other building totals 90,000 square feet at 6422 Commerce Drive.
Earlier this year, Palo Alto-based Tesla leased two buildings in Fremont’s Ardenwood area a short distance from Facebook’s future Fremont operations. Tesla is undertaking a major renovation of the buildings, which total 235,000 square feet.
Fremont officials believe more tech firms could be enticed by Ardenwood.