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The Big Nerd Ranch

The Big Nerd Ranch Galactic Headquarters
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 originally built haphazardly and left in poor condition. “This was one messed up building…it didn’t have a right angle in it”, quoted 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 specific details to manage unforeseen issues.The building features vertical to horizontal transitions using metal panels by Fabral in pewter, bright silver, and terra cotta.  Fabral was chosen for their wide variety of easily available colors that gave Ellsworth the freedom to express her fresh and unique design vision.  The support structure between Fabral’s engineering and customer care added further value by providing materials for Kronberg Wall to create a full scale wall mock-up.  Ellsworth says that Fabral will be used again in phase two of the Nerd Herd Ranch project.By using viable materials to transform an abandoned warehouse into a modern, functional office building, The Big Nerd Ranch Galactic Headquarters offers inspiration for sustainability. The challenge posed by commitment to sustainability can be great. Collaboration between the right team, as shown between Kronberg Wall, Fabral and others involved, illustrates that solutions exist.Project Details

  • Featuring 46 squares of 4″ Rib exposed fastener wall panel in pewter
  • Featuring 72 squares of Powerseam standing seam roof panels in bright silver
  • Featuring 6 squares of Silhouette HCF 12-C concealed fastener wall panel in pewter with accents in terra cotta


Before and After-Complete Story

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Product Details

4″ Rib is a heavy-duty panel primed for heavy industrial and architectural applications.

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Powerseam is a mechanically seamed structural standing seam roof system with curving and tapering capabilities.





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Silhouette HCFHCF offers a range of profile configurations and meets design requirements for a variety of applications.

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Color Details

Fabral colors Bright Silver and Pewter along with custom color Terra Cotta were chosen for the walls and roof. These colors support the sustainable initiative.

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