Facebook Inc. is growing its footprint in downtown Austin.
The social networking giant is now taking up four floors in the 300 West 6th office building, city building permits show. They previously had occupied one floor of the building, according to Buildzoom, which analyzes building permits for the remodeling and construction industry.
The expansion will include a cafeteria and outdoor deck, according to the permits.
Buildzoom, which is based in San Francisco, first reported on the expansion Wednesday. Buildzoom noted that Facebook had filed 24 permits with the city of Austin since early this year encompassing floors 9 through 12, for construction valued at an estimated $11.2 million to date.
The expansion project will include interior remodels to each floor, a new staircase connecting the floors and a cafeteria with an estimated cost of $4.9 million, according to the permits.
Balfour Beatty Construction LLC, the general contractor on the job, referred the American-Statesman to Brandon Halpin, Facebook’s field facilities operations supervisor in Austin. Halpin did not respond to an email for comment on the project and on Facebook’s current and projected local headcount.
Facebook received incentives to open in Austin, debuting here in 2010 and growing to 125 employees in its first year. At the time, it was the firm’s biggest U.S. online sales and operations office outside of its Palo Alto, Calif. home base.
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