T2630 - Wall panels, T2630 - Wall panels
Facebook’s new data center in Prineville, Oregon features more than 65,000 square feet of metal wall panels from Metal Sales™. Metal Sales was specified for the structure’s exterior walls and generator yard.
Facebook’s Prineville Data Center has a simple and minimalist design, similar in spirit to the social networking giant’s website. The building’s exterior is clad in nearly 50,000 square feet of Metal Sales T2630 wall panels, which perfectly complement its neutral-colored concrete and the surrounding landscape. The panels were also selected for their reliability and sustainability. The outside of the building isn’t meant to be ‘showy’ – it is meant to be a clean and functional façade for the energy-efficient structure housing tens of thousands of Facebook’s servers, containing information for their 800 million users. The only hint that this building serves one of the busiest websites in the world is a single blue flag displaying the iconic ‘Facebook’ logo outside the entrance.
One side of the structure is home to the generator yard, housing a row of generators that provide power to the facility if commercial power is interrupted. Metal Sales panels create a screen wall that provides controlled access to the yard, and the panels have a custom perforated pattern to facilitate ventilation for the diesel-fueled generators.
Given the specific requirements for the LEED Gold structure, quality materials were needed to meet performance and functionality expectations. The project team chose Metal Sales because the panels could be customized to provide an exact amount of ventilation while maintaining security and aesthetics. Metal Sales worked with the project team to develop a panel with 52.94% open area for ventilation. Even with over 50% open space in the panel, the perforated T2630 panels still provided the structural integrity needed for the screen wall.
Metal Sales provided approximately 15,000 square feet of customized T2630 perforated wall panels for the generator yard. The custom panels are made of 0.050 aluminum coated on each side with metallic silver PVDF (Kynar500®) paint.
On the building’s exterior, Metal Sales supplied standard T2630 wall panels in 24-gauge steel with an Acrylic Coated Galvalume® finish. T2630 panels are exposed direct-fastened and provide 30-inch wide coverage.
In addition to their long life, Metal Sales panels come in a variety of colors that are all listed with ENERGY STAR®. The metal panels reflect a significant amount of solar energy, improving a building’s energy-efficiency by reducing the amount of energy needed for cooling. Panels are 100% recyclable and contain up to 30% recycled material. These factors contribute to the sustainability of utilizing a metal wall or roof panel.