The Big Nerd Ranch

Atlanta, GA

The Big Nerd Ranch is a company founded by Aaron Hillegass, an early developer at Apple and author of what is considered the bible of Mac programming. He needed a new building for The Nerd Ranch, and decided on renovating a dilapidated iron works warehouse.

Aaron wanted to maintain the steel structure of the building, which was built haphazardly and left in poor condition. “This was one messed up building…it didn’t have a right angle in it,” said the project’s lead architect, Leslie Ellsworth with Kronberg Wall. It was very difficult to document dimensions, required extensive support in the field, and hours of going over details to manage unforeseen issues.

Leslie landed on Fabral for our wide variety of fresh ENERGY STAR® approved colors, and unparalleled collaboration. By working closely together, our engineering and customer care teams were able to provide materials for her to create a full-scale wall mockup. The renovated building features vertical to horizontal transitions using metal panels by Fabral in Pewter, Bright Silver, and custom Terra Cotta.

Turning an abandoned warehouse into a modern, functional, sustainable office building is no easy feat. But when you’re backed by Fabral’s personnel and materials, anything is possible.

Project Details

  • 46 squares of 4″ Rib exposed fastener wall panel in pewter
  • 72 squares of Powerseam standing seam roof panels in bright silver
  • 6 squares of Silhouette HCF 12-C concealed fastener wall panel in pewter with accents in terra cotta
  • Architect – Kronberg Wall
  • Distributor – Orion Associates
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Color Details

Bright Silver and Pewter, along with custom Terra Cotta, were chosen for the walls and roof. These ENERGY STAR® approved colors support the sustainable initiative.

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Product Details

4” Rib ®

Serving as an industry standard, these heavy-duty panels are primed for intense industrial and lagging applications

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4” Rib ®

Panel Options Available: 8″ Rib is Available
Substrate Offering:
.032″ Aluminum .040″ Aluminum .050″ Aluminum 18 Gauge Steel 20 Gauge Steel 22 Gauge Steel
Panel Features:
Vertical & Horizontal Applications
Customizations Available:
Mitered Corners Wall & Roof Variations
Maximum Panel Length: 45′
Minimum Panel Length: 6′

Complete Panel Width Offering Includes:

GaugePanel WidthPanel Coverage
22 ga steel35.563″32″
20 ga steel35.563″32″
18 ga steel35.563″32″
Aluminum unpainted45.625″44″
Aluminum painted38.50″36″

4” Rib Gravity Load Table(Steel)

261 & 246342621NRNRNR
221 & 26246342822NRNR
201 & 2775743342823NR
181 & 2101755745363025

4” Rib Positive Wind Load Table (Alum.)


PowerSeam ™

When curving is required for a design, this mechanically seamed structural standing seam roof panel can bend to create the desired look

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PowerSeam ™

Substrate Offering:
.032″ Aluminum .040″ Aluminum 22 Gauge Steel 24 Gauge Steel
Panel Features:
Factory Applied Sealant Factory-forming Field-forming
Customizations Available:
180 Degree Seaming 90 Degree Seaming Curving Options Tapering Options
Maximum Panel Length: 47′
Minimum Panel Length: 6′

Test Data

Wind uplift UL90#90, 176, 180, 238, 548, 549
Air infiltrationASTM E283ASTM E1680.01 @ 15 psfLess than .01 @ 1.57psf
Water penetrationASTM E331ASTM E1646ASTM E2140No water @ 6.24 psfNo water @ 16 psfNo water at 6 hours

PowerSeam Wind Uplift Loads (PSF)

24 g steel12”5353535353
24 g steel18”3535353535
22 g steel12”7070707070
22 g steel18”4747474747

Silhouette HCF Series ™

With a range of profiles and configurations, this horizontal concealed fastener system meets design requirements for a variety of applications

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Silhouette HCF Series ™

Panel Options Available: Multiple Panel Profiles Designs with both 12″ and 16″ options
Substrate Offering:
.032″ Aluminum .040″ Aluminum .050″ Aluminum 18 Gauge Steel 20 Gauge Steel 22 Gauge Steel 24 Gauge Steel
Panel Features:
Factory Applied Sealant
Customizations Available:
Mitered Corners
Maximum Panel Length: 20′
Minimum Panel Length: 2′