Zynga Signs on for a Big San Francisco Expansion

Zynga appears to have finally outgrown the office space available around its original headquarters, in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. The company has just signed a lease for 270,000 square feet in a huge office building over half a mile away, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

It’s not clear yet whether Zynga plans to move its entire operation to the new building, called the Townsend Center, but the Chronicle notes that there is room for more than 2,000 workers. Zynga passed 1,000 earlier this year, and is likely around 1,200 now, split among several buildings.

The Townsend Center isn’t new to the gaming industry. Sega moved into the building in the late 1990s, hiring hundreds of employees; later it added a team for its Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The company appears to have mostly moved on by 2008, though.

Aside from providing more space for what Zynga clearly believes will be a steadily growing number of employees, the Townsend Center may also give the company an added aura of corporate respectability, especially once it completes what the Chronicle says will be a significant redesign. Zynga’s main building at the moment, by contrast, is not particularly impressive. Here’s a mock-up of the Townsend atrium by the CAC Group: