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Facebook Expansion Facebook has announced plans to expand its campus with open-concept designs (credit: Gensler).

SAN BRUNO, CA—The shooting at YouTube was indeed a wake-up call, occurring as many of Silicon Valley’s largest companies are pushing to make offices more accessible to the public. Facebook, for example, has detailed plans to expand its campus, however, these efforts seemingly contradict measures to add heightened security. Is this counter intuitive to a synergistic and collaborative work environment or is it a necessary measure to protect employees?

“The basic concept of security has changed with this higher level of violence,” Tim Tosta, partner, Arent Fox, tells GlobeSt.com. “The security used to start at the company lobby and now it is at the ground floor. Companies do risk-based analyses to determine the potential for physical harm and sense of urgency. The determination is often that it’s a smaller risk but when a shooting happens, it’s big news so it becomes a bigger issue. Then companies up the ante and other companies bump up security. This gets expensive and bothersome for employees. Plus, it’s hard to winnow out where these shooters are coming from.”

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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