Facebook had an opening event at its new Seattle engineering office, offering a public glimpse into new digs where the company has sweeping views and room to nearly double the team.
It relocated April 2 from crowded space near Pike Place Market where the Seattle office opened with two employees in August 2010. It now has about 90 engineers.
The new space — in a tower above the Howell Street on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 — has room for about 170 employees. Ari Steinberg, site director and first Facebook Seattle employee, said he’s already thinking about options for when it outgrows the space.
Dignitaries, including Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, praised the company for investing in Seattle.
Facebook engineering vice president, Mike Schroepfer, said the Seattle office has shipped more than 25 projects, including Facebook Video Calling and Desktop Messenger, that “have touched the lives of 800 million plus people.”
Apparently they spent so much on Instagram, they couldn’t afford to finish this wall:
Espresso with a grande view:
Inner lobby with bike pumping station:
Standard Facebook geeky vending machine with keyboards, flash drives, etc.:
No Segway, but plenty of RipSticks:
Dining area where free lunches are catered daily:
Schroepfer squeezes in a meeting before the press event:
Sen. Cantwell writing “welcome” on the Facebook Wall: