FitzGerald Associates Architects was invited to participate in a planning and architecture charrette to re-imagine Menlo Park’s Belle Haven community, the soon-to-be home of Facebook’s global headquarters. Patrick FitzGerald and Steven Wasilowski represented FitzGerald Associates at the event which was hosted by Facebook at their new facility, the former home of Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park, California. More than 150 architects, planners, residents, city officials, students and representatives from Facebook’s management team participated in the all-day event.
FitzGerald Associates was chosen to be among the working groups based on the firm’s forward-thinking reputation in developing new housing types as well as extensive experience in the renovation and adaptive reuse of existing spaces. The firm was invited by co-sponsor John Stewart, a prominent Silicon Valley architect and guiding member of the San Mateo Chapter of the AIA.
Both Pat and Steve returned with an optimistic view of what the future will hold for housing development, and the consistent need for new workforce housing that is well-attuned to the needs of a young, vibrant, savvy workforce. “The consensus model was a new prototype, a sort of hybrid between dormitory cohousing and loft-style living,” FitzGerald said.