Bay View Corporate Campus

ArchKey Installs More Than 500K Sq. Ft. First-Of-Its-Kind Dragonscale Solar Panels Helping Tech Giant Achieve Carbon-Free ESG & Sustainability Goals

Looking to hit their goal of operating entirely on carbon-free energy by 2030, a leading tech company developed a first-of-its kind solar canopy design with the intent of blending form and function into their building plans for their 1.1 million square foot office and mixed-use space. The one-of-a-kind roof-top system, whose design and distinct “dragonscale” solar panel development was led by the Client in partnership with multiple vendors and partners, was developed to maximize the amount of energy captured and optimize power generation on-site.

Scope of Work

ArchKey’s western region was called in to provide the installation of these distinct solar panels across three buildings and two California based corporate campuses. This award-winning first campus consisted of a 3.8MW DC roof-mounted photovoltaic system. Installation included more than 60,000 overlapping, high texturized, prismatic glass tiles. The more than 500,000 square-feet of glass tiles were installed on a heavily sloped rooftop which utilized varying pitches to capture the sun’s rays at multiple angles throughout the entire day.

To accommodate these specialized challenges, a one-of-a-kind racking design was built to maximize the use of available roof space without compromising the architectural and artistic vision of the buildings. Additionally, special safety precautions and aerial harnesses were utilized to ensure the safety of the installation crew over the course of this year-long project.

In total the project, which features numerous sustainable features, has reduced operational carbon by 50%. The roof-top system, capable of generating 7MW of total energy between the two corporate campuses, produces enough electricity to power an estimated 40% if the building’s total energy needs to-date. A feat of engineering and sustainability, this campus was awarded the Living Building Challenge by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).


Mountain View
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Bay View Corporate Campus

Bay View Corporate Campus