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 will include open green space, charging facilities and a sky bridge that will provide 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 will feature a terraced wall of planter boxes that will 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 will 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 will offer convenient access to the campus’s bus and bicycle service.
The garage will incorporate a 1 megawatt solar array on the roof and provide over 80 EV charging stations. Employees will access the structure via a card reader at the entrance, and dynamic signage at each level will provide real time parking availability and help 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 that would create a waterproof seal around the building. To maintain the seal, users will enter on the first elevated level.
- Owner: Facebook
- Design Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP
- Contractor: Truebeck Construction
- Project Status: Construction
- Parking Stalls: 1,740
- Levels: 8
- Total Sq Ft: 573,200
- Sq Ft per Stall: 329