As part of a massive expansion, Facebook hired famed architect Frank Gehry to design two new office buildings for its West Campus. In addition to office space, the project includes open green space, charging facilities and a sky bridge that provides safe bicycle and pedestrian access to the Bay Trail across the Bayfront Expressway.
To support the growing campus, Facebook selected Watry Design to design a 1,740 stall parking structure adjacent to the new buildings. In keeping with the high architectural standards of the campus, the side of the structure facing the Bayfront Expressway features a terraced wall of planter boxes that include trees in addition to plants. The rest of the facade utilizes an elegant system of cable rails to enhance the structure’s connection to the rest of the campus.
Three pedestrian bridges seamlessly connect the structure to the adjacent MPK 22 building. To provide a high level of service to employees, the structure was designed to accommodate a flexible valet program that can be tailored to fit Facebook’s evolving needs. As part of a campus-wide initiative, the structure offers convenient access to the campus’s bus and bicycle service.
The garage incorporates a 1 megawatt solar array on the roof and over 80 EV charging stations. Employees access the structure via a card reader at the entrance, and dynamic signage at each level provides real time parking availability and helps guide them to an open space.
Because the structure is located in a floodplain, the Watry Design team designed a waterproof foundation and a structural system to create a waterproof seal around the building. To maintain the seal, users enter on the first elevated level.
- Owner: Facebook
- Design Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP
- Contractor: Truebeck Construction
- Project Status: Completed 2020
- Parking Stalls: 1,740
- Levels: 8
- Total Sq Ft: 573,200
- Sq Ft per Stall: 329