Facebook Bypasses Gastown and Yaletown to Open Vancouver Office in Coal Harbour

In March Techvibes reported that Facebook is setting up an office in Vancouver. We’ve recently learned that it won’t be in either of the more traditional tech hubs of Gastown or Yaletown.

The world’s largest social network is recruiting up to 150 staff, mostly software engineers, to fill the office, which is slated to open this month.

According to Facebook, the office will serve as a training ground for recent software engineering graduates seeking full-time employment within the company.

Techvibes has confirmed that Facebook has signed a three-year lease on a 20,000 square foot space at 1555 West Pender (Pender & Georgia) in Coal Harbour. The location was previously occupied by Kasian Architecture.

According to Colliers’ Matthew Carlson, “This is fantastic news for Vancouver. When major companies from San Francisco like Salesforce, Lucasfilm, and Facebook set up offices, it confirms that our technology community is doing all the right things.”

While Facebook has deemed this Vancouver office as “temporary” with a one year life span, the three-year lease may indicate otherwise.