AUSTIN (KXAN) — Facebook is known for updates. Our Facebook app seems to update as much as we post on social media. This time, however, the tech giant is upgrading offline and right in Austin’s front yard.
The social media company revealed it’s new, largest office in downtown Austin Wednesday morning, and also announced enrollment in its partnership with Austin Community College will open Oct. 14. Facebook is also creating a $60,000 scholarship fund.
Facebook leaders kicked off the grand opening ceremony with remarks along with local policymakers including Mayor Adler, Senator Watson and ACC President Dr. Richard Rhodes.
Facebook’s first Austin office in 2010 had seven employees. Now, it’s the company’s fourth-largest, and the new Third + Shoal building will allow it to expand to more than 1,550 employees.
The growth comes with a facelift. Our crew toured the new space which showcased unique features, such as a music room with instruments, and civic products, including an Oculus virtual reality experience. The new space is 156,500 square feet.