When it comes to sustainability, Facebook Inc.’s new West Campus in Menlo Park checks all the expected boxes for a progressive tech company: Think sophisticated energy systems, water-saving features and healthy building materials. -Silicon Valley Business Journal
MG McGrath, Inc. will work with Level 10 Construction on the Frank Gehry designed Facebook West Campus Project. The 430,000 square-foot building is distinguished for its vast single-room floorplate and planned rooftop forest that will feature hundreds of trees. The single level of office space is to be built over at-grade parking. The new office space is will house 2,800 of the company’s employees. Facebook West, will be connected to the company’s existing Silicon Valley office by a tunnel going under Highway 101; the project is slated for completion in the spring of 2015. MG McGrath will furnish and install corrugated metal and polycarbonate canopies, formed metal wall panels and flashings.
But West Campus represented a chance to build in sustainability from the project’s genesis. Early on, design team members zeroed in on the roof as both a major employee amenity and primary environmental initiative. -Silicon Valley Business Journal
Facebook expects it will see energy savings, partly thanks to the roof’s insulation effect (parts of it will have four feet of growing medium). That, plus other systems, will help West Campus be 25 percent more efficient than California’s tough energy code, known as Title 24, Swezey said. -Silicon Valley Business Journal