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Stainless steel clads campus

Photo: Joe Brennan, Phalanx Studios

Various metal panels connect with design

Facebook Inc.'s west campus expansion in Menlo Park, Calif., features a large, single-room office for 2,800 employees and a rooftop forest with hundreds of trees. MG McGrath supplied and installed custom corrugated metal and polycarbonate canopies, formed metal wall panels and flashings for the project, which was completed in March 2015.

The 430,000-square-foot campus project utilized 75,000 square feet of custom 316 stainless steel panels with a custom brushed finish supplied by Rimex Metals USA Inc.; 25,500 square feet of corrugated 316 stainless steel panels supplied by CENTRIA; and 12,500 square feet of polycarbonate panels supplied by Palram Americas Inc. Royal Glass Co. Inc. installed 80,000 square feet of Kawneer Co. Inc.'s 1600 Wall System Curtain Wall.

Additionally, 75,000 square feet of aluminum backer panels were supplied by Liebovich Bros. Inc.; 2,500 feet of custom 316 stainless steel gutter and downspouts were supplied by Interstate Manufacturing and Supply; and 1,500 square feet of model A12360 formed aluminum fixed acoustical louvers were supplied by Construction Specialties Inc.

Gehry Partners LLP specified metal for its longevity, durability, recyclability, sustainability and aesthetic. Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer at Facebook, says he wanted the workplace to be modest and cost-effective.

Architect: Gehry Partners LLP, Los Angeles
General contractor: Level 10 Construction, Sunnyvale, Calif.
Installer: MG McGrath, Maplewood, Minn.
Glazing subcontractor: Royal Glass Co. Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.
Curtainwall: Kawneer Co. Inc., Norcross, Ga., www.kawneer.com
Gutters/downspouts: Interstate Manufacturing and Supply, Saint Louis Park, Minn., www.imsspssales.com
Louvers: Construction Specialties Inc., Cranford, N.J., www.c-sgroup.com
Metal wall panels: CENTRIA, Moon Township, Pa., www.centriaperformance.com; Liebovich Bros. Inc., Rockford, Ill., www.liebovich.com; and Rimex Metals USA Inc., Edison, N.J., www.rimexmetals.com
Polycarbonate panels: Palram Americas Inc., Kutztown, Pa., www.palramamericas.com