Do you remember Facebook's new offices moving to the mostly abandoned former headquarters of Sun Microsystems?
On 9 February 2011, Facebook held a press conference to announce it had moved to Menlo Park. The company has been based in Palo Alto since 2004, but its current campus (leased from Stanford) simply can't support Facebook's swelling ranks.
Facebook announced it has purchased the old 57-acre Sun Microsystems campus from Oracle, which acquired Sun in 2009. Since the acquisition, Oracle has slowly relocated members of the Sun Microsystems staff to its other offices. Now, the former Sun campus is mostly abandoned except for a few buildings.
Facebook was rumored to have acquired 312 and 314 Constitution Avenue, a little less than a mile away from the main Sun Microsystems campus. Mortal had learned that those buildings were previously owned by General Motors and are part of a larger complex owned by Tyco Electronics.
Tyco sold the buildings to General Motors "a long time ago," according to our source; but if recently filed city paperwork is any indication, Facebook is now the owner of these two buildings. They have the potential to be used for storage, parking, or servers.
Mortal has obtained pictures of Facebook's new digs in Menlo Park.