|LOCATION:||Mountain View, CA, USA|
The Google Bay View project consists of three unique shaped structures in Mountain View, California, part of the well-known Silicon Valley. The roof captures water for reuse and holds solar panels that create about four megawatts of power.
Google Bay View uses a multitiered canopy system that resemble a series of tents. The canopies’ unique complex curved geometry created many challenges during design and construction of the buildings.
Building G1 is the largest of the three with the roof covering approximately 348,100 square feet (32,000 square meters) and at its highest point, the top of the central column is 130’-6” (approx. 40 meters) above the finished slab level.
The G1 & G2 buildings contain no vertical bracing as the design “touches down” at the end of each line of ridge trusses – effectively forming a cross and a structure that braces itself. The entire roofs of these buildings are made up of a number of individual canopies which curve differently in two directions thus enabling water to be drained across the roof to specific catchment locations.
DBM Vircon was contracted to provide design assist and steel detailing services for the roof structures in Building G1 & G2 and the entire structure for Building G3. In addition to the main structure, DBM Vircon were also contracted by another client to continue on the project to supply design assist shop detailing and for miscellaneous steelwork attaching to the main roof structure.
Over the 4 years that DBM Vircon was involved with this project (2016 to 2020), it was a highly collaborative effort through both the design and construction phases. This collaboration required DBM Vircon to work closely with project team which included the Engineers (Thornton Tomasetti), Architects (Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio) & General Contractor (Whiting-Turner). This collaborative effort required numerous trips to the site from the detailing team and daily video conference calls. This collaborative workflow has been considered a great success on this project and was an essential part of this project given its uniqueness and complexity.