• Gridguard railing with powder coated steel is featured throughout the 4-story atrium, enhancing the open-concept design of the space.
  • Gridguard railing flows seamlessly from the atrium landings and staircases to the ground-floor gathering area.
  • Steel toe kick plate added below the guardrail on overlooks and landings prevents smaller objects from falling over the edge. Photo courtesy of Rowe Fenestration Inc.
  • Metal infill panels with steel framing were custom designed by slitting and stretching metal sheets to create diamond-shaped openings. Photo courtesy of Rowe Fenestration Inc.
  • Handrail is attached to the steel frame of the guardrail on staircases. Photo courtesy of Rowe Fenestration Inc.

Amazon University

Location East Palo Alto, California
Architect IA Interior Architects Inc.
Contractor Devcon Construction

Further expanding its Silicon Valley footprint, tech giant Amazon opened a 214,000-square-foot office complex at 2100 University Avenue, more than doubling the number of jobs in East Palo Alto and establishing the city’s largest technology presence. Housed in a converted warehouse space, the University Square office building boasts a contemporary, open-concept design similar to spaces found in San Francisco’s SoMa district yet infused with the Amazon essence. To complement the modern aesthetic, Trex Commercial Products custom engineered more than 1,200 linear feet of architectural railing for the four-story central atrium stairways, landings and overlooks.

  • Miscellaneous metals were provided by SOS Steel Co Inc.
  • Images courtesy of Rowe Fenestration Inc.